An Eco Mom’s Dilemma

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It is not easy to be an “” and, however hard I try, I cannot make ours the uber-virtuous green household of perfection. No matter how many times I remind my husband and son about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or the limits that should be put on certain toys, Continue reading

Tapped — Film Screening & Free Bottle Exchange

Take the pledge and exchange your empty disposable plastic water bottle for a reusable stainless steel bottle!

The award-winning documentary Tapped continues their eco-aggressive 30- day/30-city cross country tour to get Americans “Off the Bottle.”  They’re in Atlanta Continue reading

Lose 41 Pounds in Less Than an Hour

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(updated December 20, 2011)

Of junk mail, that is. The average adult receives 41 pounds (approximately 560 pieces) of junk mail each year. That’s a total of 4 million TONS!

What does it take to make 4 million TONS of junk mail (remember, this is PER YEAR)?

Oh How Our Children Can Inspire Us

My son, Ethan, inspired–and continues to inspire–me to do what I do. What about other parents? Were there any out there who were inspired to go cold-green-turkey or just turn up their existing earth-friendly lifestyle a notch or two? Were there others that took it to the next level by inspiring others in their community or beyond? Yes! And here’s just one of many great stories …

Krista Watterworth, HGTV Host, considers herself a true multi-tasker: mom, author, television personality, and interior designer. Now add living the earth-friendly lifestyle to her list and you’ve got one heck of a woman–watch out eco.moms everywhere! Continue reading

DEET-Free Skeeter Repellents

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DEET is dangerous. But how do we get mosquitoes to bugger off without this proven repellent? My family, neighbors and friends tested a number of repellents over the last few weeks… I’ll get to the ones that worked in a minute.

But first, I wanted to share with you what I heard from Dr. Kimberly Beauchamp, a Naturopathic Doctor from RI: “DEET has the potential to cause numerous adverse effects on the environment and in humans.” Continue reading

Disclosure: Paper Towel Junkie

iStock_empty paper towel holderI hate to admit it, but I was once a paper towel junkie. I blame it on genetics. My mom’s side of the family. A kitchen without paper towels? Impossible! And the paper towel holder? A must-have appliance… for who could live without the ability to unwind just the right number of squares with one hand while stirring the pot with the other? And the instant gratification of a spill–here one second, soaked up and tossed with ease into the garbage the next, as if it never even happened?

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Your Mascara: Hazardous to Your Health?

iStock_mascara eyeI clicked the key into the ignition–ready to run errands, list in hand–when it hit me: I needed to FIRST check the Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP cosmetic safety database, a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products. With a sigh, I got out of the car and hightailed it back to my office to look up Cover Girl mascara, a brand I’ve used off and on for years because it doesn’t clump or smudge and costs less than ten bucks. Shock. The database rated it 4–“moderately hazardous” with ingredients linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, and more. And to top it off, the first ingredient is Petroleum Distillates.

How had I let this slip through the cracks? Continue reading

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