The Savvy Path

    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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    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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    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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    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