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  • How to Choose the Greenest Christmas Tree

    Greening your Christmas Tree If you want to go even greener with your Christmas Tree purchase, there are a variety of other options available to you. 1. Buy  a live, potted tree. My family has done this for years. Most pine trees can live for many years in a pot or you can replant the…
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  • Real vs Plastic Christmas Tree?

    Dear Nari, The VERY short answer is a real tree. Hands down. The plastic is so detrimental and not actually recyclable and detrimental to your indoor air quality. Read more about WHY on a blog I did about it: How to Choose the Greenest Christmas Tree. There are services now where you RENT a live…
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  • Better Plastics

    Is your water bottle killing you?  First, came the news about the toxic baby bottles and, then, Nalgene and Camelbak and all of my once favorite sports bottle companies phased out their polycarbonate lines (all the while denying their products have anything wrong with them).  Then, everyone came out with BPA-free plastics. And, while researching…
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  • What Mamas Need to Know About Protecting Their Breasts After Angelina Jolie’s Breast Cancer Scare

    What to learn from Angelina Jolia’s preventative mastectomy and how mama’s everywhere can empower themselves towards better breast health & worry less about breast cancer

  • Three steps to a healthy, green, organic pregnancy

    The Green Mama’s three steps to achieving the healthiest, greenest pregnancy


    1.   Eat organic.

    Pregnant women and children will especially benefit from eating organic food.

  • Greening Christmas (Hanukkah or any other Holiday)

    ‘Tis the season.  The lights of Hanukkah will soon fade into the past and the lights of Christmas are on the horizon. Parents everywhere are thinking about gifts. It is one of the questions I am most asked: “How do I green celebrations?” The winter holidays are a test for most of us: wanting to please our children, wanting to have more money, wanting less stuff, wanting to please our relatives.

  • Considering the Cause – New Report on Cancer

    If we use chemicals that are known or suspected carcinogens in our daily lives (e.g. consumer products, food we eat, etc.) we are increasing our risk for developing cancer.

  • Melamine: Is it what's for dinner?

    Remember melamine?  That was the substance found in the baby formula that resulted in over 54,000 children becoming sick and some dying and was also the substance that was found to be at fault in the 2007 pet food scandal.  (The pet food scandal entered the domestic food chain as chickens and pigs fed melamine ended up in the American food chain.) 

    What is Melamine?

  • Top 10 Green Faux Pas

    Top 10 Green Faux Pas (originally published on Chicago Now)

    This list is based on observations I’ve made about the little things we can do every day to be green. Little things are important because they keep good green practices front of mind and visible to others, hopefully causing others to join in. To find out how you can make the biggest impact, calculate your total carbon footprint.

    Here are my top 10 green faux pas:

  • Chicago leads American cities, bans BPA in baby products

    Chicago has made a stand for children (and green parents). Today, March 13th, Chicago became the first American city to ban BPA from products geared toward children 3 and under. The City of Chicago’s action follows similar leadership by the state of Minnesota, and the county of Suffolk in New York.

  • Is your plastic water bottle killing you?

    Well, it depends on who you ask. Nalgene, probably the best known maker of the hard, plastic water bottles that adults use, says “Of course not!” but they are still phasing out their polycarbonate lines. (Polycarbonate is that rigid, clear plastic that almost all of their bottles were made of.) Nalgene, along with many other bottle companies, are phasing out polycarbonates due to consumer pressure around Bisphenol A (BPA).

  • Canada: Just like us only with better baby bottles

    Earlier this summer, my family and I went to British Columbia, Canada, for our annual pilgrimage to this tiny island where we got married. My personal theory on Canada is that it is just like the Midwest, only with fewer people and, in the case of B.C., better views. It turns out, however, that Canada also has one other great difference, they have better baby bottles.

  • What you can learn from the plastic recycling codes

    THE CHEMICALS IN PLASTICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
    Bisphenol A (BPA) mimics the hormone estrogen and may interfere with ovulation and
    reproduction as well as brain-cell development. 
     
    Where do you find it: BPA is a plasticizer that is found in (and leaches out of) products
    such as polycarbonate water bottles, baby bottles, canned soups, beans, and other
    foods as well as softdrinks. Nearly all can liners contain BPA.  Regular use, such as