The Savvy Path

    What We Can Learn From A Small Cup Of Pee

    Yes, I said, “pee.” And not just because I’m trying, and failing, to potty-train my three-year-old at the moment.

    I’ve always had a fascination with health and science. I’ve lived with ulcerative colitis for nearly 30 years, grew up the daughter and stepdaughter of parents in the pharmaceutical industry, and currently work not only as an independent consultant for a better-for-us business but also as a writer and media relations consultant for health IT and consumer health companies.

    That’s why I knew I needed to participate in Silent Spring Institute’s crowdsourced biomonitoring study on exposure to toxins. Pass a cup please...

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    How To Engage Your Inner Activist: It's Time

    What the heck is an activist anyway?

    "If I say the word activist you might have the image of people hanging banners, or chaining themselves to trees or screaming at authority figures or living in tents. Those are all activism. Or they can be.  But a lot of activists have never done any of these things. 

    So, what is the definition of activism? I think that really it is noticing something that you think needs to be changed and using your influence to change it."

    Elizabeth Saunders brings delightful humor to understanding today's activism (a word often followed by "oh, I am not that!) in out Talk Savvy to Me video. 

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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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    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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    Clean Water Action's (Surprisingly) Wide Reach

    Lead in water. Air pollution. Toxic chemicals in the products we use every day. Climate change. Drought. Congress.Sometimes being an environmentalist is enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and binge on Friends.

    But then you take a breath, look around, and realize you're not alone. You're surrounded by people who are fighting for commonsense solutions to protect our families, our water, and our communities. You know they've got your back and you've got theirs. And you know you're going to win (even if it takes a while).  Because we are strengthened by walking in partnership with amazing community leaders and coalition partners in these battles.

    That's life at Clean Water Action. And it has been that way for more than 40 years.

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    The New Age of Nursing

    We Trust Nurses

     What happens when we seek help for our children, our loved ones or even our own health in this new world of 'nontoxic living'? Nurses are often the first line of defense for patients and, as such, become our most trusted sources for health information. Many nurses are having to respond to questions about the environment and its relationship to health and their response? It can be very powerful. 

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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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    Game On! A New App for Your Small Changes

    What do you get when you combine 20 years of research, an innovative postdoctoral researcher and mobile technology? A handy new tool to empower change.

    What we recognize,we can change.

    The handy tool is Detox Me, a new smartphone app aimed to help the average consumer recognize potentially toxic chemicals found in many household and personal care products. Once hazards have been identified, users are encouraged to make simple changes that will decrease exposure and possibly prevent long term, harmful effects. The innovative scientist  behind this project is Jessica Helm, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Silent Spring Institute. She’s determined to bring the Institute’s research findings to a broader audience.

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    Welcome "Safer States"

     

    By working in collaboration with powerhouse organizations our Savvy followers are intimately connected to unfolding science, impactful legislation, advocacy work and educational tools. Through this structure, Savvy is uniquely connected to communicate upcoming campaigns, calls-to-action and high urgency topics. It is this 'we-are-one' approach that creates lasting change.  We are honored to announce our fifth and final founding nonprofit partner: Safer States. 

    Safer States is a network of diverse environmental health coalitions and organizations in states around the country that share a bold and urgent vision. Safer States believes families, communities, and the environment should be protected from the devastating impacts of our society’s heavy use of chemicals. Safer States believes that new state and national chemical policies will contribute to the formation of a cleaner, greener economy.

    Check out this interactive page to discover what is happening in your region.  Browse Savvy's full Founding Nonprofit Partner's bio's here

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