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    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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    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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    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