The Savvy Path

    Andrea Fabry

    Andrea Fabry
    Andrea is a former journalist, certified building biology practitioner, and the mother of nine children. She is the founder of momsAWARE, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues. Her journey began in 2008 when a serious toxic mold exposure compromised her family's health. Since then, she has discovered a passion for non-toxic living and enjoys educating and empowering others. She is the author of Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold. Andrea currently resides in Vail, AZ with her husband, Chris and four of their children. Keep up with Andrea by following her blog It Takes Time.

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    Made Safe Products

    Do you feel overwhelmed when trying to read labels while shopping for personal care or cleaning products--or any products, for that matter? Maybe you spend inordinate amounts of time parked in the aisle turning over bottles, puzzling over words like "green," "eco," or "natural," thinking what do those words even mean, anyway?! You pull out your smartphone to check through your apps, and discover that some products aren't even on apps. You go back home and do research on your laptop. Maybe you give up - you would be far from the first.

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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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    A Powerful Lesson of Mold

    That Nagging Voice 

    In the spring of 2000 I walked into the home for the first time and immediately knew something was wrong.

    I told my husband we needed to eliminate it from our house-hunting options, even though it was 5,500 square feet and would easily accommodate our eight children and three pets. We were preparing to move cross-country from Illinois to Colorado. Unable to find the right home, our realtor suggested we reconsider. “Think of the potential,” he said. My husband agreed. “It’s five levels. We’ll make it our own.” Chris’s optimism led me to a new vision for the house and how we might use it.

    A nagging feeling remained, but I pushed it down.

     We moved into the home in June. Within six months one of our children was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Within a year our bird died and our dog was diagnosed with diabetes. Mood disorders surfaced in the kids. We were at the doctor repeatedly. I assumed it was the change in elevation.

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    Cutting Back on BPA | A Journey Worth Taking

    When I first heard about BPA and its potential to disrupt hormones, I was in disbelief.  After all, I had been drinking from plastic water bottles for years. Surely I would know if plastic- specifically bisphenol A- was harmful!

    However, after our health crisis in 2008, I learned to ask questions about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. I learned not to assume anything when it comes to toxicity in our environment. 

    Because we were radically altering everything about our lifestyle, the thought of eliminating plastic was overwhelming. But I knew from experience that every change matters, no matter how small.

    Small Changes

    My first step was to eliminate plastic water bottles. After reading that it takes anywhere from 400-1,000 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose, I felt compelled to make the change. I learned that BPA-free didn’t necessarily mean toxin-free. Studies now tell us that the common substitute BPS (bisphenol S) may be just as hazardous. I transitioned to glass (with silicone sleeves) and stainless steel water bottles. They come in handy during the summertime in Arizona!

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