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Posted: September 22, 2018 ...by
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). »Read More
Posted: May 26, 2018 ...by
Good News in Daily Habits If you’re looking for the best way to combat climate change and save the planet, here’s some good news: the habits you’ve already incorporated into your life make a difference since many are part of a sustainable, low-impact lifestyle. Committing to a sustainable lifestyle is easier than many people think,...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 13, 2018 ...by
Why eating organic is important, how to prioritize what foods to buy organic, and organic shopping 101 Organic Eating 101: Why It’s important It’s important to eat organic. Every functional nutritionist, toxin scientist, and holistic medical professional that I spoke with for both of my Green Mama books said that children and parents-to-be, especially moms...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 24, 2018 ...by
A truly healthy, green mattress might be the most important investment you make in your home. Certainly, it is in your child’s bedroom. Why get a truly natural mattress? Because conventional mattresses are toxic and the toxins they release (and continue to release throughout their entire life) have been found in the blood of newborn...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 13, 2017 ...by
Living Green can save you money, and not just in obvious ways By understanding what you spend and what you save through your green lifestyle you can help get spending under control while positively impacting the environment. Americans send more than 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air, or about a fifth...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 26, 2017 ...by
Why is my electric bill so high? When we moved to a rural island community in B.C. a year ago, we discovered a lot about green building and how to manage our electricity bills. We knew that it was more than just a situation of going from city expectation to rural expectations, because of a...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 23, 2017 ...by
Are you considering the switch to an electric vehicle? BC Hydro BC Hydro makes it easier BC Hydro makes it easier BC Hydro makes it easier for residents to drive an electric vehicle. We recently moved to a rural community. After last winter, which included months where I couldn’t get my vehicle out of our...Read More »Read More
Posted: September 11, 2017 ...by
Every year around early summer, I begin to despair about my garden. Either the sun or rain has beat down on it for days on end. The birds and squirrels have dug up my seeds. My tiny seedlings aren’t growing. My bigger plants are full of bug nibbles. Yet every late summer and fall, we...Read More »Read More
Posted: June 30, 2017 ...by
Greening Your Red, White, and Blue Fireworks are arguably the best part of July 4th. No matter how old you get, they’re always fascinating to watch. Cookouts and seeing friends and family are also awesome. But how eco-friendly are 4th of July celebrations, really? Here’s how to put some more green in your red, white...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 24, 2016 ...by
Time for Spring Cleaning? Here's The Green Mama's Tips for a safe, healthy, "green" clean »Read More
Posted: November 15, 2016 ...by
Four household polluters that you can do something about   Our indoor air is significantly more polluted than outdoor air and this is even true in most big cities. The bad news is that since we spend by far most of our days (about 90%) indoors, where the pollution is 5 to 7 times worse...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 2, 2016 ...by
Why Is Our Indoor Air So Polluted? In most of our homes, the answer to this question is, “because we have made it that way.” The pollution most often comes from things we bring into the house that release their chemical ingredients into the air of our home. Furniture, stinky cleaning supplies, paints, or any...Read More »Read More
Posted: August 17, 2016 ...by
  Summer is a time for the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, swimming, BBQ’s and entertaining outdoors. What do you do when mosquitoes and other biting bugs invade your al fresco fun?! Read on for 7 Green Mama Approved tips to battle bugs without harsh chemicals.   Lemon juice rubbed directly on the skin makes you...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 26, 2016 ...by
If you are Cuban, you have family in Miami. If you live in a cold clime, like Chicago, you welcome going to visit them during the relentless winter. That sounds simple enough, no?  It is. Until you have children. And you’ve gone Green. (Or, “loca”, if your abuela was to describe it.) Packing was easy...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 13, 2016 ...by
This is actually a rather difficult post for me to write. Not literally, but, culturally, and as someone who doesn’t want to offend her partner or family – and who is trembling with indignation at her fellow Hispanics whom have created these chemical abominations. At first, I was going to share what was, hopefully, a...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 22, 2016 ...by
And 3 ways parents can become the experts on the care of their children for today’s world Let me tell you a story. I grew up poor. American Midwest, subsidized-housing poor. Dirty needles and gunshots on the playground poor. Blocks of orange plastic stuff that was called cheese and came in boxes to your doorstep...Read More »Read More