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    A Discussion About Microbeads

    This month we’re talking about plastics – the obvious places we find them and the not-so-obvious. One of the sneaky places plastics are lurking is in our beauty products. Not in the packaging, but in the products themselves.

    Let us introduce you to microbeads, the little balls of plastic that are known for their exfoliation and scrubbing abilities that can be found in your face and body washes, and even toothpaste.

    Lindsay Dahl has been working at the forefront of environmental health campaigns since 2004 and is passionate about eliminating toxic chemicals in consumer products through policy and market shifts. She is also a  blogger and self proclaimed rabble-rouser so we talked to her about why we should say “no thank you” to microbeads.

     

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    Plastics, Food Packaging & Nontoxic Living

    Do you feel the pressure to do it all? When it comes to nontoxic living, do you sometimes wonder if you are doing enough? What if we added one more to the to-do list?  Such as reducing plastic? The good news is there is a lot of overlap. Reducing the plastic in our routines also reduces the number of toxins we are exposed to daily.

    Here are four areas in which you can challenge yourself to use less plastic. Start with one challenge or do all four!

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    From Plastic-aholic To Plastic-Free Crusador

    Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

    A Savvy Bookshelf Recommendation

    Imagine living without our plastic-wrapped-everything. Imagine a world without the convenience of plastic baggies, plastic containers and plastic wrap. How about living without plastic-loaded electronics, toys, and sports equipment?  One woman went beyond just imagining a plastic-free world -- she managed to kick her plastic habit, and now she has so much to teach us from her experience.  Savvy is excited to have Beth join us to answer your questions in our online forum  April 26-28th!

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    April Happenings

     

    It wasn’t until I sat in on a Savvy Board meeting that I truly understood the complex workings of this amazing organization and the scope of their efforts. I was immediately proud to be part of something so much larger than myself…..that I believed would truly change the world.”

    – Julia Condon, Founding Savvy Writer.

    Spring is finally here and the Savvy Women's Alliance is looking forward to warmer weather and longer days! Here’s what we’re talking about this month:

    •      April Theme: Plastics
    •       Invite to Exclusive Member Event at the Silent Spring Institute May 11th
    •       New! View Chapter Locations On A Map View
    •       How can I be more involved with the Savvy Women’s Alliance?

     

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    A Photo Story of Our West Coast Debut


    The Savvy Women's Alliance embarked on our first road trip over February.  We traveled up the west coast, hosting events to connect women as our debut across California and Oregon.  

    Browse our photos and see some of the women who joined us - from volunteers to bloggers, to writers and movement makers.

    We start the story with the live  interview by Tra'Renee Chambers on KATU's Afternoon Live, who focused on budget-friendly tips.

    The tour was made possible by a generous grant from the Seventh Generation Foundation. 

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    7 Tips To Clutter Free Living With 'Slob Sister' Pam Young

     

    "It’s no secret that countless families are deluged by household clutter."

    Catchy phrases called out to me as I surfed – zero waste, garbage free, plastic free – each enticing me with the hope that life would become…simpler.  While ‘zero’ and ‘free’ felt heart pounding intimidating a simpler, more joyful, happier life would unfold if I could just… start to declutter the ‘things’ in my life. 

    This I believed as I much of time seems to be a slave to stuff.

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    Recycling With Kids

    Moms know that sometimes it’s hard to get kids to do anything that has the tiniest hint of being a chore.  With more than 220 million tons of garbage going into landfills each year it’s important to recycle what we can, but kids may need a little extra encouragement. So how do we get kids to be enthusiastic about recycling?

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    Six Steps to Simplify {and Declutter} Your Home

    Time to roll up the sleeves and dig in to a New Year's resolution. What shall it be? Decluttering? Zero-waste living? Plastic free living? Even we admit that sometimes the notion of decluttering the house sounds more enticing than reducing exposure to harmful chemicals. What if you didn’t have to choose? What if embracing one led to actions that include the other?

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    January Updates & Opportunities

    Happy New Year! Savvy is looking forward to an exciting 2017! Here’s a quick overview of how we’re kicking off the year:

    • January Theme: Simplify Mindfully          
    • First Mulit-Chapter Event Open 
    • Expanding Our Writing Team 
    • Lunch With Kristi in California and Oregon
    "I love that we can share and learn together. It’s not a “my way or the highway” kind of place. Join in. Find your home. You’re always welcome here!” – Eve Bynum. Read More »

    Meet Margie | From Asthma to Interior Design Advocate

    “When you can’t breathe nothing else matters” was the campaign slogan of The American Lung Association in the mid 90’s. It came as a postcard with a photo of a cute little boy with an oxygen tube draped across his tiny face. It resonated with me as I sorted through the remaining pile of mail. As an asthma sufferer myself, I knew all too well the helpless feeling of shortness of breath and panic....how frightening it must be for a young child I thought.

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    West Coast Lunch Date With Savvy?

    Please join us for delightful food and leave inspired by Kristi Marsh's passionate and powerful message, or choose to  meet in person over coffee for the full scoop on Savvy's  fresh nonprofit debut. 

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    Savvy's Top Five 2016 Blog Posts

    Annoucing our top five viewed & shared 2016 Savvy Women's Alliances blog posts. What a solid start for our inaugural year  - we are incredibly proud of our volunteer writers and editors.  Which of these compelling posts do you recognize?

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    So Much More Than A Box of Organic Soap {Discount Included}

    While many companies struggle to create a better product, LEAP Organics leads by creating a better world.  Spend a moment with Luke, founder of LEAP Organics, and you can't help but be in awe of the contributions he is making. In addition to ensuring that 100% of LEAP Organics are Certified USDA Organic (wow!) he has gone above and beyond the everyday business strategy. 

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    Announcements: Discounts, Lunch & New Chapters

    Quick Scan of Announcements:  

    • Looking for Savvy Women in California + Oregon to have lunch with our Founder 
    • New Savvy Feature: The Most Wonderful Gift of the Year
    • 35% off Little Changes offer for thoughtful gift giving
    • Welcome three new Savvy Chapters
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    It Rhymes With Schmee-in-a-Cup.....

    That super-new-amazing must-have holiday item is almost here and we are counting down the days until December 5th! Yes, it is pee-in-a-cup! And yes, we are pretty excited to share this cutting edge biomonitoring study opportunity with you.

    Slow Down There Frosty, Back the Sleigh Up....

    What? Bio-who? And just why would I do this?

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    Eve_profile.jpgI love seeing how we women band together to change the world. Savvy reflects so much of my own personal beliefs and the conclusions I’ve drawn after years of study. I love that we can share and learn together. It’s not a “my way or the highway” kind of place. Join in.Find your home.You’re always welcome here! 

     ~ Eve Bynum  Founding Savvy Writer 

    Andrea_Fabry_1-185589-edited.jpgMy goal is to encourage every woman to listen to her instincts as she seeks to sort through the complexities surrounding today’s toxic world. I look forward to sharing the Savvy Women’s journey with all of you.

    ~ Andrea Fabry, Author of It Takes Time Blog & Founding Savvy Writer 

     

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    It wasn’t until I sat in on a Savvy Board meeting that I truly understood the complex workings of this amazing organization and the scope of their efforts. I was immediately proud to be part of something so much larger than myself, and a company that I believed would truly change the world. I knew from that day forward that I would take any opportunity to be a part of Savvy again as it was established and grew.

    ~ Julia Condon Founding Savvy Writer 

    I wish I had had a network like this when I started my health and fitness journey. I want to help other women just starting out to cut through the endless pages of Google results, confusing articles, and conflicting information that have lead many to give up or never start. I want to empower women to take their health into their own hands and become aware of what they’re eating and how what they’re eating can change their mood, energy levels, and bodies. As I continue my own journey, I want to share what I’m learning with health, nutrition and other allies that are dedicated to making the world and our bodies a cleaner and healthier place.

    ~ Aimée Suen Founding Savvy Writer