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    Food choices are something fundamental you can control about yourself: what you take into your body. When so many other things are out of control and your influence over climate change - all these much larger issues - it's very hard to see any results or any progress. But everybody can see progress around food. ― Michael Pollan

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    If You Choose To Eat Meat, Eat Less.

    You’ve been invited to a friend’s barbeque. It’s a beautiful summer afternoon, so you decide to ride over on your bike, feeling pretty good about your environmentally conscious decision to leave the car in the driveway. When you arrive at your friend’s back yard, 7.3 miles away, you sit down and enjoy a hamburger. A delicious quarter-pounder.

    As it turns out, you could have just driven. In greenhouse gas terms, that hamburger is the same as a 7.3 mile ride in the car. 

    Now what?  If you choose to eat meat, eat less.  It's a deeply personal decision, but here are some mighty meaty reasons to choose wisely.

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    5 Questions to Ask When Considering CSA

     

    Did you know the average American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate? This generates a substantial amount of carbon dioxide emissions. 

    When you make an effort to support local farmers by joining a cooperative called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), you are not only significantly reducing the carbon footprint that your food creates, but the community and local economy will be strengthened and food will be traceable.

    This is just one of the many reasons you may want to consider a CSA for your veggies. There are numerous differences among CSAs, so you may want to interview local farmers to find one that will fit the needs of your family.

    Here are some key questions to ask:

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    When the Little Ones Move On | Finding Your Place

    My journey towards a healthier lifestyle began when I became pregnant with my first child, just over 13 years ago. The idea of bringing a new life into this world made me think more about what I put in my body, on my body, and what products I use throughout my home.  I was overwhelmed, and I mostly bought what I deemed “safer” than the alternative. I didn't have a group of like-minded people to toss ideas around with. Most people I knew figured if a product was on the store shelf, it was tested for safety and fine to use. I didn't fully agree, but I also didn't have enough data to confidently dispute that.

    Time passed. I became a stay-at-home mom and I had a toddler and a baby at home. By the time my oldest daughter was about to start elementary school, and my son would soon begin preschool, I had a third child and things shook up again. My youngest daughter was born with a kidney disease and I was reminded that keeping my family as healthy and safe as possible was my top priority. 

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    Mirror, Mirror – The Beauty Fairy Tale

     

    Note: This blog  post may look familiar to some of our readers. It was originally published in the spring, and has become one of our most popular posts. We are sharing now because the author, Brynn, captures our Girl Power theme perfectly. 

    Once upon a time, there lived a wonderful and most bat-shit crazy Queen. Within her castle were rescued animals galore, four princes, one spirited princess, and the strongest coffee maker in all the lands.

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    Share The Gift Of Being Savvy: Donate A Membership Forward or  Gift A Friend

    Did you know that 61% of those who come to our nonprofit want to be around more like-minded women? That 28% feel isolated but want to learn? Or 32% want to make a difference, but just aren't sure how?   

    Our nonprofit erases these barriers. We offer an encouraging community for women to learn and create change. We are fulfilling a missing puzzle piece in the movement.  Will you help us reach out to others? 

    For the same amount of one fancy coffee a month, you can: Donate a Membership Forward or Gift A Membership to a Friend.  What does this mean? 

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    Kristen Arnett, International Makeup Artist

    Health and beauty expert Kristen Arnett is an international makeup artist who has helped thousands of women around the world detox their makeup bags with amazing results. She’s been called a “Green Leader,” a “Top Eco Influencer” and a “Natural Beauty Guru” by some of the top magazines and leaders in the industry.  Not only are we giddy to share her video, but encourage you to download her Toss the Toxins kit. 

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    An Intimate Peek at a Superstar Chapter

    Support is a powerful thing and “strength in numbers” is far more than a simple cliché.

    These are two things Savvy women know to be true and the precise reason why chapters are so important to the existence and vitality of Savvy Women’s Alliance. Chapters include five or more women who meet at least eight times a year to discuss their personal journeys in nontoxic living and provide support for one another. Every chapter is unique and comes with its own challenges and triumphs. This month, I interviewed Beth Newberry and Trina Lavoie – two superstar women and co-founders of the Providence Chapter of the Savvy Women's Alliance – to ask them about their evolution and success as a chapter.

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    America's A-ha Moment: Not Just A Pretty Face | 10 Year Anniversary


    Baby shampoos linked to cancer? Hormone disruptors in our skincare? Lead in our lipstick?

    These questions and many more were brought into the public spotlight over the last ten years, turning educated consumers into protectors and activists.  An avalanche of progress rumbled - including a reduction of parabens and triclosan in mainstream products. While we aren't at the finish line yet, it is hard to push a cart through any big box store without seeing some of the impacts on product labels.  One of the avalanche triggers?  Stacy Malkan's  “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of Beauty.” 

    Not Just a Pretty Face is the true story of how Stacy Malkan, who along with several other at the Breast Cancer Fund (Breast Cancer Prevention Partners), Women's Voices for the Earth, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth and others formed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics creating the foundation for a national movement. The goal? To shift the $50 billion beauty industry away from harmful chemicals and toward safer products.  

    In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Not Just A Pretty Face we are proud to place this classic investigative deep dive on our Savvy Bookshelf.  How long has it been since you flipped through it? 

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    Curious About Starting a Chapter? Our Top 3 Q's Answered

    Would it surprise you to learn this about our Savvy Women's Alliance community?  Or maybe not so surprised to learn how our supporters feel?  

    • 23% feel isolated
    • 32% want to make a difference outside their home, but are not sure how
    • 33% are overwhelmed by the topic of 'nontoxic living' 
    • 47% identify with being light-green
    • 61% want to be around more like-minded women

    The need for many new chapters existsHave you maybe kind-of, possibly thought about starting a chapter?  If so, take a look at the top three questions we are asked:  

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    Navigating Healthy Eating With Our Daughters

    Raising children. No other job provides infinite new challenges that often need immediate attention. Some are easy– like finding a last minute ride to practice. Others have life-long implications. The decisions we make can leave us feeling frightened, vulnerable and skeptical. Am I saying the right things? Are my choices demonstrating the behavior I want my kids to follow? What can I do to teach them how to be strong? How do I keep them safe and healthy? 

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    Spa Party for Girls

    Karin Brooks is not only mom to two daughters, but she’s also a Brownie Troop Leader, a teacher and head of her church’s religious school. It’s in her nature to be creative, organized and prepared.  So when her daughter, Amelia, requested a pampered spa party and sleepover to celebrate her 8th birthday, Karin remembered she had saved the July/August 2015 issue of American Girl magazine (just in case…prepared for anything, remember?) That issue profiled a DIY spa party and offered suggestions from facials and sugar scrubs to finger soaks and snack ideas.

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    Seeking Volunteers For New Tasks, Roles & Projects

    Volunteers have come together from across the country and even into Canada to support our nonprofit.  We now have an amazing  platform with many plans still to unfold.  We are growing fast.  The only limitation?  Hours in a day and volunteers joining in! (Such is the world of nonprofits!) 

    At this point, you have a pretty good idea who 'Savvy' is and now we would like to get to know you better.  Which position interests you?  Let's find a meaningful role, task or project that is right for you.  

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    Meet Cheryl: Heart Disease to Passionate Advocate

    It started watching my Dad live with a severe genetic heart condition.... 

    As a kid, I didn't understand it but I knew something was wrong when life started to change.  As a family we were fairly healthy - we ate wheat germ, liver, spoonfuls of molasses, and took Vitamin E gel capsules.  Processed food was never in our house, but if my dad snuck out and purchased a bag of Fritos or box of Captain Crunch it was gone within an hour.  It was not beneath me to hide a box of sugary cereal because I knew with five siblings it would quickly become everyone's snack for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    Gotta Love These Girls: Young Activists At Heart

       Photo: Clean Water Action

    If marching into a retail store to educate management on environmental health concerns is not on your to-do list, we dare you to press play on this video. 

    Yes, we are certain that Tess, Sophia, Erin, Kayla and Sidney will make you smile. But after listening to their brave hearts,you just might rethink about what happens when you walk into a store.   

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