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  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
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    September 23, 2013

    Green Festival Offers Great Way to Try Living Green

    Green fest dc 2013 Want to try organic dark chocolate infused with caramel and sea salt?

    How about hand lotion made from argan oil and shea butter?

    Looking for a non-toxic way to ward off termites?

    Or safe and healthy cleansers you can use without getting sick?

    Maybe you just want a dose of inspiration to keep you living the green life, or working in your community to make it better.

    You'll find all this, and more, at the annual Green Festivals put on by Green America and Global Exchange, two non-profit organizations committed to creating a greener, more just world.

    I spent this weekend at "my" Green Festival in Washington, D.C., browsing the food booths, trying on organic cotton sweaters, slathering my hands with natural cremes, meeting other entrepreneurs, and being reminded why Ralph Nader is still "the man."

    Continue reading "Green Festival Offers Great Way to Try Living Green" »

    September 19, 2013

    What's so bad about fracking? Here's what you need to know.

    Don't Frack NY rally If you've been wondering what fracking is and whether it's good or bad, you're not alone. It's a complicated, high tech process whose advocates say it produces abundant clean energy. As an environmentalist as well as a consumer, though, I've been concerned about the impacts fracking is having on drinking water, clean air, and farmland. To try to chip away at my confusion, I electronically interviewed expert Maya van Rossum (pictured left). Maya is the Delaware Riverkeeper, the spokesperson for and leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN), a nonprofit environmental organization working to preserve, protect and restore the Delaware River Watershed, an area that extends into four states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Here's what she had to say.

     

    Maya, in a nutshell, can you explain what fracking is and why it worries you?

     

    Fracking is the process of discharging massive volumes of water under high pressure into a drilled well in order to fracture the shale found under ground. The fracking process requires 5 to 9 million gallons of water for each well frack. Often this water comes from aquifers, streams and rivers. To that fresh water has been added toxic chemicals. Water that stays underground after the fracking has occurred is highly toxic, but the water that comes back to the surface is even more toxic.

     

    The toxified fluid trapped underground can make its way to our freshwater aquifers, threatening drinking water supplies. Toxified water that gets back to the surface of the earth is often stored in open pits or transported to other sites by truck or piping. In all of these activities, failures happen, contaminating streams, farmlands, our air and our communities.

    Continue reading "What's so bad about fracking? Here's what you need to know." »

    September 18, 2013

    "Lean Into Green" Telesummit Features Great Advice From 21 Green Living Experts

    GreenFlyingWoman "Lean Into Green" is the brainchild of Genny LaMorgan, founder of GreenWomanStore.com. Green Woman Store bills itself as a great resource for "simple & sustainable living," and I have to agree. It provides an amazing portal to apparel and accessories, art and culture, books, and beauty and health products, all curated to meet three criteria:

    * Fair trade - ensuring fair payment to producers to iprove their economic, social and environmental well-being

    * Green - focusing on products made in an environmentally-friendly way

    Continue reading ""Lean Into Green" Telesummit Features Great Advice From 21 Green Living Experts" »

    September 16, 2013

    Three Best Ways to Reduce Food Waste: Shop Smart, Cook Smart, Compost Smart

    Every time I clean out my fridge or pantry, I'm appalled. As conscientious as I try to be about my food budget, I still find myself wasting more than I should. I'm not a hoarder, but I do hate throwing things away. To me, it's just like burning money, and who has money to burn? I certainly don't. That's why I'm trying to stick to these three smart strategies for wasting less food.

      Store shelves #1 - Shop Smart

    The first trick is to buy what you actually will eat. I've gotten pretty good about taking stock of what's still in the fridge before I go to the store. I never get around to thinking about recipes before I grab a shopping cart, but I have finally stopped buying double or triple of something, just because that's what I always buy.

    Plus, I try not to be motivated by what's supposedly on sale. Would I buy it if it weren't on sale? If the answer's no, I still skip it.

    Timesaver Tip: No time to even make a list? Take a picture of what's inside the fridge or in the pantry with your smart phone.

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    September 06, 2013

    EcoCentric Mom Box Review: Natural Lotions, Snacks, Soaps, and More

    Even though the summer can be humid, my skin seems to stay dry all year long. I'm always on the prowl for plant-based skin moisturizers that soothe dry skin without staying sticky or clammy. This month's EcoCentric Mom Box filled the bill, with samples of two different moisturizers from Pure + Remedy. Though designed to be light enough for your face, I've been slathering them on my hands and enjoying instant relief. Both the Gentle Hydrating Facial Moisturizer and the Vitamin C Concentrate Facial Moisturizer are rich in natural oils and anti oxidants.

    Screen small I'm enjoying the other personal care products EcoCentric Mom sent as well, including:

    Possum Hollow Farm Soap - Made by a small family business in Pennsylvania, this non-irritating soap contains a variety of oils, including coconut, palm kernal, oilve, rice bran, soybean, and blood orange. There's shea butter and nutmeg, too, so you get nice and clean without drying out.

    Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Mascara - If I use mascara, I want to avoid the nasty chemicals found in many commercial products (vinyls, acrylics, parabens, glycols, I'm talkin' to you!). This option from Suncoat relies on kaolin clay and vitamin E to build lash volume and length. Plus, it doesn't seem to smudge.

    Continue reading "EcoCentric Mom Box Review: Natural Lotions, Snacks, Soaps, and More" »

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