Today, I’m debuting a new column: Ask Mommy Greenest. Please share your questions in comments on this post and I’ll answer in a new one. Thanks! Jane asks: My daughter wants a sustainable prom dress. There is so much conflicting information out there – how do I know what’s really sustainable? Some of the “eco” brands are so expensive. How can I get her a dress that’s good for her and the planet – without breaking the bank?
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…
If you’ve been reading MG for a while, you know that the name of this site is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I started writing as Mommy Greenest in 2008, when I was still driving a gas-guzzling Volvo. And although I share suggestions about how to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis, I’m not the eco police. So when I discovered Influence Central’s latest “Green Moms” report, I had to share. After reading it, I now know what kind of green mom I am. What kind are you?
Survey says! This is the second time I’ve asked for your opinion when it comes to Mommy Greenest, and the response was overwhelming. First, more than 200 of you responded—amazing!—and 97% reported they “trust Mommy Greenest Approved product recommendations.” Yes! [insert fist pump here] You can’t imagine how happy this makes me. Thank you for putting your trust in me! Many of you said things like…
“We dig Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff’s take on being a green mommy: she leads by example, but is never a ‘sustaina-bully’. Her blog is like a super resource for green parents as she writes about things like getting rid of lice without toxic chemicals to detoxing your closet; she interviews green celebs and she keeps it real with environmental issues you should know about that may effect you and your family.” Thanks so much for including me in your 6 Inspiring Green Mamas story, EcoHabitude!
Ever since I started writing as Mommy Greenest, I’ve noticed people avoiding me. Not my close friends, obviously. But the casual friendships—those afternoon coffee invitations that turn into weekend playdates with wine? I’m getting less and less of them. I’ve heard, “Oh, don’t let Rachel see that,” as a plastic water bottle is shoved into a purse, and “She had fries—don’t kill me!” as my daughter is returned home from a playdate. They think I’m the eco police.
“There’s a lot of news about unhealthy foods and toxic chemicals in our lives, and it can get overwhelming,” says Rachel Sarnoff, former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and blogger at Mommy Greenest. “It’s tempting to act like the proverbial ostrich and just try to ignore anything that sounds scary…The great news is that even small actions can add up to a huge healthy impact.” –Delicious Living online; look for the full story in their fall issue, on stands in October!