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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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?Read More »
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 exists. Have you maybe kind-of, possibly thought about starting a chapter? If so, take a look at the top three questions we are asked:Read More »
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?Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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...Read More »
What the heck is an activist anyway?
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.
"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."
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“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.”
― Steve Jobs
- Seeking six more interested women to start a chapter
- Monthly topic: Girl Power
- Submit potential brands for our upcoming directory launch
- Meet your passionate Board Members
Imagine navigating your way through a busy airport with a broken wrist and ankle, towing baggage and dodging nearly late passengers. Then imagine flying across the country to volunteer with an organization, not knowing anyone, and just jumping in with both feet, limping slightly, where needed.
Last February, Janet Conroy, Savvy Women’s Alliance Volunteer of the Year did just that. Janet is an airline attendant and is no stranger to airports and airplanes, so she may have a bit of an advantage - getting there was the easy part. Walking into a room of strangers and asking, “how can I help,” takes courage, enthusiasm and commitment to a cause.Read More »
It’s time for lunch at Hampshire Dining Commons, known affectionately by students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by its nickname “Hamp.” There may be essays to stress over, majors to choose and friends to catch up with later but for now, the most difficult decision for students is choosing whether to fill their stomachs with hand-rolled sushi or vegetarian tacos with fresh guacamole before their next class.
The secret? Make it crave-able.Read More »
Have you ever felt the vice grip of anxiety squeeze out your breath as you stand in front of the organic and non-organic apples – which type do I choose? … Are the non-organic really that bad? … How can one little apple make a difference? … What can I safely feed my kids?!? Making supposedly simple shopping decisions when you’re a somewhat savvy, somewhat skeptical, eco-living-learner can make any trip to the store a head-spinning experience.
Author Paige Wolf knows that first-hand …Read More »