The Savvy Path

    Diana Alexander

    Diana Alexander
    Diana is a mom of two boys, wife of a Scotsman, a lover of all things food and a passionate believer that you are what you eat (and what you eat eats,) but always makes an exception for Stove Top Stuffing and cupcakes. When she’s not watching her boys on the soccer field you can find her with her nose in a book or in the kitchen cooking up something yummy, but probably not low in calories.

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    Thinking About Starting A School Garden?

    Soon after taking a position as Director of Food Services for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, Brendan Ryan stood in the courtyard of the high school and had an idea. It had recently come to his attention that many students had no idea where food came from; “most suburban youth have no idea how a vegetable grows!” he says.

    Ryan looked out across the nearly two-acre courtyard and envisioned a garden that would not only teach students where their food comes from but highlight the importance and deliciousness of healthy eating.

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    Our Writer Of the Year...

     
     
    "I want to congratulate you, Julia, on your outstanding achievements in writing and volunteer work in the Savvy Women's Alliance. To balance a college course load and still find the time to give back to the community is truly re markable. I encourage you to keep up the good work and continue to inspire others in your path. Congratulations!"  ~ Jeff Kinney, Diary of A Wimpy Kid 
     
    The Savvy Women's Alliance blog wouldn’t be possible without the talents of a group of volunteer writers, who use their wordsmithing capabilities to give you the blog posts you read each month. Although all of our writers are rock stars, this year we chose one writer to celebrate at our Talk Savvy to Me event that was held in June.
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    A Lunchbox Makeover In Three Steps

    By the time your child finishes high school, he or she will have eaten around 2,340 school lunches. That's a lot of baggies and other pieces of plastic thrown in the trash. A more earth friendly lunch is definitely possible, and in the long run it can save you money, too.

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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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    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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    Shopping Organic On A Budget At Whole Foods

    Pinky Swear 

    I’ve been on the receiving end of many an eye roll when people find out that I shop at Whole Foods. You probably rolled your eyes when you saw the title of this blog post.  I get it. Whole Foods has a reputation for being pricey. I used to roll my eyes at the mention of it, too. But now I know that Whole Foods is an essential stop when trying to eat organic on budget. Really. I pinkie swear.

    Here are my tips for not spending your whole paycheck at Whole Foods Market: 

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    Stacy Malkan: Fearless & Determined

    The Red Flag That Shifted Our Future

    Stacy Malkan was looking for a story. She was the co-publisher of a monthly newspaper in Colorado, and was looking for something to feature on her next cover. She thought the controversy over the county’s plan to spray pesticides along a popular bike path might fit the bill and decided to attend an informational meeting intended to put the publics’ fears over the spraying to rest.  Stacy and the residents at the meeting were treated to a video portraying pesticides as a safe solution to the terrible scourge of weeds. When the film was over and the credits rolled it was evident that the video was produced by chemical companies, including Dow and DuPont.

    “That’s when the yelling started,” says Malkan.

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    A Quest For Affordable (and Safe) Personal Care Products

    One Innocent Sounding Word

    By now we know that the word “fragrance” on a product label is a red flag. That one innocent sounding word can include so many unknowns from endocrine disruptors to carcinogens. Finding products that disclose what makes them smell so good can be hard and some of the products with clean ingredients can be expensive.

    Karen Roche understands this problem all too well. In 2006 her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. So began her journey to learn about and find better-for-you products free from toxins and artificial fragrances. The one thing Karen had the most trouble finding was personal care products that fit the bill. There were limited options and many that she did find were pricey.

     She figured that if she was having problems finding non-toxic, affordable personal care products other woman were, too. 

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    The Powerful Voices Behind Your Fragrance Revolution

    Women Power

    It is estimated that in the United States nearly 80,000 chemicals are in use and that only approximately 200 have been thoroughly evaluated for safety. Scary, right? What’s even more concerning is that many chemicals have only been evaluated for their health effects on men, not women. Women’s unique bodies interact differently than men’s, especially those of children and women of reproductive age. Worrisome statistics indeed, but the future is bright thanks to  Woman’s Voices for the Earth, a Savvy Founding Nonprofit Partner and a powerhouse moving the women-led charge to eliminate toxic chemicals from the products we use every day.

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