About The Green Mama
Manda Aufochs Gillespie is The Green Mama.
She wrote a book (& it’s good)
Green Mama: Giving your child a healthy start and a greener future, published by Dundurn press. It’s the first green parenting guide to include information specific to both the U.S. and Canada (guess what: it’s not just the 51st state) and real-world advice for low-income families wanting to go green.
She’s got lots of experience.
In her 20 years in the field she has helped to green one of North America’s only urban ecovillages, one of Chicago’s largest daycares, a multi-million dollar residential project, a Guatemalan orphanage, and has been dubbed the “green guru” by the press, appearing on HBO, ABC, and CBC.
People like her, because she’s “definite, but not absolute” (a.k.a. she laughs a lot, mostly at herself)
She likes to research and write and she likes to work with people. When she isn’t working on her next book, or giving out free advice on her website, she works as a consultant, educator, and speaker. She also publishes this award-winning website, and can be found on social media as /thegreenmama, but prefers to be found riding her bicycle with her two kids and lots of kale piled in the back.
Who is The Green Mama? She is me. She is you. She is the woman on the block letting her kids walk alone to school and the teenager who decides to make her own reusable menstrual products and the grandma who learns to read labels. She might be a He. She/he may have kids or she/he may not. She may work outside the home or she may not. She may be a super savvy politico or she may not. She may speak English or she may not. She may be religious, she may not. She may identify as an environmentalist or she may not. But wherever she is and whoever she is: she’s starting to ask questions, because she (or he) realizes that there is no one else more qualified to become the expert on the care of her family (whomever makes up that family). Here are some of the amazing women that are sharing their journeys on thegreenmama.com.
I specialize in challenges—not just the ideal “green” but what is practical and possible given your real-world constraints. Whether working with families, family businesses, large daycares, or in service to some of the world’s poorest women and children, I like figuring out what will work for you and the future.
The media has called me “the green guru” and “serious, but not absolute.” Over and over, my clients say things like “it’s fun” and “she changed my life.” My clients have called me in the wee hours of the morning to discuss their daycare switching to cloth diapers, to ask about greener menstrual options, or to figure out how to deal with lice in an institution, because they know that I love it!
Here’s a peek into some of my projects: past and current.
The bad news: There are over 74 billion pounds of industrial chemicals manufactured or imported everyday in North America. And we know that these chemicals are find their way into our bodies: our children are born pre-polluted with over 200 known toxins. The good news: Parents can have an immediate impact in reducing their children’s exposures in the places of greatest impact–the bedroom, home, and what goes in and on our bodies. The other good news, going green in this area doesn’t have to cost more money… it can even save you a bundle! Learn more.
The bad news: We spend most of our time indoors and yet our indoor environments are 7 to 10 times more polluted than our outdoor air. Air pollution can effect a child’s development and learning and our school buildings, childcare centers, and institutions are among the most polluted. The good news: Manda Aufochs Gillespie has worked with institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Guatemala to create vibrant, green, healthy spaces that meet local health regulations, support the health and development of the child, stay within budget, and are fun places to live and work!
The good news: The eco-aware mom market represents the vast majority of mothers in North America–worth over a trillion dollars–and green is one of the fastest growing sectors of the food industry, the building industry, and the beauty industry. The bad news: is that greenwashing (pretending to be healthy and green) is also prevalent. Consumers are catching on. How can you really go green, speak the language of the eco-aware mom, and bring your whole team with you? The Green Mama has worked with one-woman mompreneurs and large corporations (food retailers, sports equipment, and marketing firms) to do everything from train employees, find truly green products, and help everyone learn how to speak (and think) green.
Are you ready to get that blog turned into a book? Or do you just need help figuring out the “story” that will sell you or your product? The Green Mama can help you tell your story and get it published (or marketed.)
The Green Mama classes are fun, upbeat, and educational and people leave saying things like “I learned more in two hours than I did the entire time I was pregnant!” “If only I had The Green Mama when I was pregnant with my first child” and “Manda Aufochs Gillespie, The Green Mama, spoke at the very first WeCapella event in May 2014. She was a compelling public speaker, voted among a top 3 favourite by the audience.”
Manda likes to talk about her passion for empowering parents and growing greener communities. She has been the go-to expert for green living for a long time and you can read and hear (and even watch) her talk about this passion. Check out the press.