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  • Mama To Mama: The Minimalist Diaper Bag

    The new year is a time for resolution and transformation. And the middle of January is a time for giving up on all your goals and resolutions…. I often find this true for myself, unless my particular resolution is actually making my days easier and more enjoyable. Welcome to my only resolution that has truly…
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  • Cloth Diapering 101: Updated.

    Cloth diapers. It might be the thing that the parents in my Green Parenting 101 class are most curious about and have the most MIS-information about. As one student asked looking at my display table, “That cute thing is a CLOTH diaper?” Indeed, cloth diapers aren’t the ugly, bulky things held together by safety pins that many of us grew up with.

  • Lifefactory baby bottles and sippy cups

    The only sippy cup The Green Mama still uses.

  • How to green your child’s school: a guide to a healthier, greener classroom

    Ideally every school setting would be green and healthy. After all, your child will spend 1/3 of his or her day there.  Studies show that more than half of U.S. schools suffer from problems related to indoor air quality (which is typically more polluted than outdoor air even in the best situations). Indoor air quality issues can affect teacher retention, student performance, (and ultimately) school funding.

  • 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:

  • A Greener and Healthier Menstrual Cycle

    My friend N. called me yesterday to tell me she just got her period.  “What is the Green Mama approach to dealing with this?” she asked.  N. was new to green, but had already begun cloth diapering her baby, ate local foods, and had generally become curious about many things she used to take for granted.  I am always surprised when women ask me about this issue, but I shouldn’t.  It’s a big one: expensive in dollars, health effects, and waste. 

  • What We Can Learn from the U.K.: A lesson in e-waste recycling

    I know Independence Day is coming up for us U.S.-based folks, but I have to take a moment to praise the British for their efforts in regard to waste.

  • Cloth diapering 101 (these aren’t your mama’s cloth diapers)

    Cloth diapers. It might be the thing that the parents in my Green Parenting 101 class are most curious about and have the most MIS-information about. As one student asked looking at my display table, “That cute thing is a CLOTH diaper?” Indeed, cloth diapers aren’t the ugly, bulky things held together by safety pins that many of us grew up with.