About Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff in Paris

Welcome! If you found me by choice, thank you—and if you accidentally stumbled in and are about to click away because you think I’m going to wax philosophical about the joys of dressing your kids in hemp, stick around.

I’m not here to preach. I might use biodegradable bathroom cleaner, but I’m not about to deny my three children the occasional hamburger—though I can’t help reminding them what factory farming is doing to the planet. I live by example, but I’m not a sustainabully. (Yes, I made that word up.)

Since I began publishing EcoStiletto in 2007 and blogging as Mommy Greenest in 2008 (the two merged under the MG umbrella in 2013), I’ve written about feeding my kids organic food, battling a lice infestation without chemicals (they won), DIYing natural perfume and disposing of off-gassing toys (“Doll? What doll?”).

When it comes to my three children, I follow the Precautionary Principle as established by the United Nations in 1982. It states that, “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”

I try to raise my family with this knowledge in mind, but—like all of us—sometimes I fail. So maybe I’m not the greenest mommy on the block. Who cares? The point is, I try to make daily choices that can help us create a healthier lifestyle—without judgement. And on this blog, I share information about those choices with you.

Recently, I’ve been more focused on my work with mission-driven brands and organizations, which you can see more of at Lincoln Sarnoff Consulting. I haven’t had time to regularly update Mommy Greenest, but there is literally a decade’s worth of content here already, so hopefully you can find something interesting. And I do read and respond to comments, so bring ’em on!

So, What’s With the Nest?

Rates of children’s illnesses—including cancer, asthma and autism—are escalating at a pace so rapid that many are considered epidemic. Scientists believe that many of these illnesses are caused by chemicals in our environment, which children absorb at a rate much higher than adults. Yet many of these chemicals are so easy to avoid!

The analogy that these scientists have made is to the old “canary in a coal mine” adage, in which the coal mine is the world and our children are the canaries, whose spiking rates of illnesses should be telling us that something is very, very wrong. In creating Mommy Greenest, I kept coming back to the idea of those birds—as well as our children—and the safe environment that is the birthright for both of them.

Please take a minute to click through my slideshow. A picture tells a thousand words about why this information is so important.

I truly believe that by taking small steps to keep toxic chemicals out of our lives, we act collectively to protect our nest for all the world’s children. And if you’d like to know more, please email me at info(at)mommygreenest.com. I’d love to connect!

What’s Made Safe? Amy Ziff Explains

made safe product labelWhat an honor! I grabbed Amy Ziff in the press room of Expo West for this quick interview about her brand-new endeavor, Made Safe. The organization’s goal is to “ensure that goods are made entirely from ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm as determined by scientifically recognized lists from around the world.” Pretty cool, right? Because we all know that what’s listed on–or left off of–a product label doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story about the ingredients that are in it. Made Safe vets those ingredients and actually tests products (in some cases), so you know that a cleaning, beauty or household product that features the Made Safe label is, indeed. How does it all work? I got the inside scoop from Amy herself. [Read more…]

Vegan Chocolate Easter Eggs? Yes Please!

vegan chocolate on a boardTis the season for chocolate. Between Valentine’s and Easter, we’re practically made of the stuff. For several years, I’ve asked readers to boycott Hershey’s—the biggest chocolate manufacturer in America—because of delays in implementing third-party certification to reduce the prevalence of child labor, forced labor, child trafficking and verbal, physical and sexual harassment in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, where the company sources its cocoa. I even published candy guides to help parents navigate away from companies like Nestle, which phased out artificial food additives in their European confectionary line three years ago, but have yet to make the same move here in America. (Oh, and bottled California’s water without remorse during the drought.) Until recently, I had no idea that there was so much choice when it comes to conscious chocolate! From fair trade to organic to—yes—even vegan chocolate, this candy has come a long way, baby. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Eco Friendly Fashion

eco friendly fashion model in black high heels against blue walls

You’ve read about fast fashion, in which underpaid workers in third-world countries provide western consumers with cheap and disposable goods. You’re all clear on cotton, which uses 17% of the world’s insecticides and is 94% Genetically Modified. And that the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop, right? Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes and accessories that you buy–especially if you’re concerned about your impact on the Earth. (For more on that, check out the Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green.) With this in mind, here’s my guide to eco friendly fashion! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green

woman wearing glasses, holding toy globe in her handsIt’s almost a cliché, this “going green” stuff. And all the hype can make you want to stick your head in the sand. But I believe that we need to approach the process with respect and without judgement. Everyone’s choices matter—and nobody can make them for you. If you choose to shift something in your life, that decision will stick longer than if someone else tells you what you have to do. So with that in mind, let’s talk about some ideas that could help get you started. [Read more…]

Easy Organic Vegan Chia Pudding Recipe Hack

organic vegan chia pudding recipeHow did I live this long without ever tasting vegan chia pudding? Seriously, this stuff is amazing! It’s got the mouth-boggling texture of tapioca, but all the ingredients are good for you. You can eat it for breakfast, dessert or a snack, and it’s so delicious, even kids will never guess it’s nutritious. I first tasted a vegan chia pudding made by Mommy & Bean, which delivers pre- and post-natal healthy food to moms at home or in the hospital in Southern California. (If you’re expecting, definitely connect with Mommy & Bean here–this is an amazing mom-powered company!) Then I tracked down the perfect recipe at Whole Foods, which I’m sharing here with you. It’s raw and vegan, dairy- and gluten-free, and high fiber. Best of all? You don’t have to cook it. Want to try? [Read more…]

.@Costco Reports $3 Billion in #Organic Sales

If anything can change the world, it’s greed. As sales of organic food continue to rise–raking in more than $35 billion last year and accounting for nearly five percent of our total food sales–supermarkets are getting into the action. And getting royally rewarded. [Read more…]

Could An African Diet Cure Colon Cancer?

Food swaps are definitely making headlines. First, a team of Swedish researchers found that swapping organic for conventional eliminated pesticides in just a few days. Now a new study published in Nature details a diet swap–between black Americans and South Africans–that may have long-term implications in the fight against colon cancer. [Read more…]