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We’re indoors more than ever and in buildings that are sealed tightly for ultimate climate control. So that stretch and deep breath that we take each morning may not be quite as good for us as we assume. Our homes can be 2-5 times more polluted than the outside air and this pollution is created from everyday products. A single exposure, or exposure over time, can present a range of symptoms from irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches; dizziness; and fatigue. As many know, indoor air at home or work can aggravate chronic asthma or migraines.
The good news? This is an area where we can create an easy and positive impact.Read More »
Everyone wants a clean and healthy kitchen. If you're looking to achieve both without introducing unhealthy chemicals, here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts.Read More »
Happy Meat (adjective): Meat that comes from an animal that has been humanely raised in as close to its natural environment as possible without unnecessary antibiotics and hormones. Tasty and even more exciting when discovering a deal.
As we become increasingly aware of the environmental and health issues that come with commercially raised meat, there comes a desire to purchase 'better' meat (or “Happy Meat” as casually defined above.) If you choose to eat meat, we encourage you to find your Happy Meat source. Although, if only a lucky few have a farmer down the road to ask the hard questions, how does one find sustainably raised meat at a reasonable price?
Here are our four favorite starting points on how to choose wiser to bring Happy Meat to your dinner plate:Read More »
Our Writing Team is a key piece of the Savvy Women's Alliance; it gives our voice a "friendly face" as we simplify the nontoxic living learning curve. Our volunteer writers love to write, they are valued, and deep down, they know their heart's work is making a difference.
Me: If I was to invest my limited time and actively support protective legislation that enforced transparency and restricted the worst-of-the-worst chemicals, wouldn't I want to focus on federal legislation? An across-the-country approach that applies to all?
Learning Moment: State legislation can be a powerful tool to directly protect local residents and to create momentum for other states, and ultimately federal change. Right now, federal progress is highly unlikely. Instead, our big sister nonprofits are working to defend current long standing protection such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, and many others.
In fact, it's highly likely that you have policy unfolding right now your state. Here is what we need to know and what we can do:Read More »
I am fed up with bringing home deceptive groceries, possibly hiding unwanted antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones. Can I rekindle my love, trust, and simple enjoyment with quality, happy meat? Is it possible you are out there, not overpriced? Do you exist?
~ Signed, Ima B. Leever
With no one replying to my want ad, I headed out on my own. While shopping at my local Whole Foods market, a grocery store dedicated to “selling the highest quality natural and organic products,” I rounded the grocery aisle between dairy and seafood and gasped at what I saw in the meat section. With giddy excitement, I thought perhaps I might have found my soul meat.Read More »
When you hear the word “dead zone” you probably have a flash back of that moment when you were in deep conversation with your girlfriend and she kept saying “can you hear me now”? That is a dead zone most of us are familiar with. There is a much more serious dead zone than having no bars on your cell phone, dead zones in our oceans.Read More »
Pallas Dame answered the phone on a November morning, the muffled sound of wind and traffic playing into the receiver. As we introduced ourselves she apologized for the noise; she was out walking, she said. She maintained her brisk pace during our hour-long conversation. I learned that this was a new-found joy for her; she had spent many years trying to find her way back to health and vitality.
A combination of genetics and Lyme disease conspired to send her into a physical, mental, and emotional tailspin after the birth of her first child about ten years ago that left her confused by doctors diagnoses and treatment regimens, and struggling against her body while trying to find answers.Read More »
My family is trying to eat less meat.
Not because we want to become vegetarian but because we’ve increasingly read about the impact that adopting a more plant-based diet can have on our health. Eating this way is also better for the environment. According to Nature: International Journal of Science, 20 servings of vegetables have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than 1 serving of beef.
What if your child is a picky eater, though? A whole-foods, plant-based diet does not include meat, dairy, eggs, or refined products like white flour, refined sugar, and oil, the staples of any kid’s diet, if given the choice.
Here are a few tips to make meat less of a centerpiece and more of a side dish on your family table, with the support of your kids:Read More »
When I was in high school, I tripped up the auditorium steps to receive an award for gymnastics at Sports Awards Night. Since that time I’ve admittedly shied from center stage. So I have great admiration for anyone who comes up front-and-center not once, but twice in a single day. Meet Monica Fernandes, grace and bravery personified. On June 22, she was introduced as one of Savvy’s new board members. And earlier that afternoon, she was among 3,000 people becoming naturalized as U.S. citizens at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the ceremony attended by 2,000 friends and family. A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Monica has lived in the U.S. for 24 years; she still travels to visit her family frequently.Read More »
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.Read More »
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:Read More »