Leah claims to make her own toothpaste because she's "super cheap", but her frugal efforts also cuts down on packaging waste, not to mention additional unwanted chemicals in the body or bodies. I believe this is what they call a win-win:...more
What to do when a bra has reached the natural end of its life? If you're a D-cup girl like me, you say a few words, weep a bit and maybe play a bugle because that patch of lace-and-wire hydraulics has done you (and society as a whole, really) a terrific service. But these days, we have to stop and think about anything before it goes in the trash: Can it be recycled? That old nasty bra? Why yes, yes it can....more
Banned in household paints since 1978, lead was once a common ingredient and now, it's up to you to find it. This post highlights the hidden dangers of lead paint - how to spot it, test it and remove it from your home: ...more
With all my talk about chemicals, a couple readers have asked me how I feel about prescription medications. What does “Ms. Natural” think about kids taking Adarol, moms taking Zoloft, and Tylenol for teething? Image: me and the sysop via Flickr ...more
In the summer of 2006, a New Jersey teenager noticed piles of perfectly good toys, sitting on curbsides next to garbage cans, headed for the landfill, and pondered the pointless waste, not to mention all the kids who might appreciate the toys. At 17, Sasha Lipton, was no stranger to good deeds. She was already volunteering as a counselor at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, when her waste-saving/love-giving idea struck....more
Meg, over at Green Divas, posted recently about Mariel Hemingway's new film project, 'Stop Monsanto', which shines a light on genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have become so pervasive in the modern food industry. The post includes a Q&A with Ms. Hemingway:...more
We all love our furry friends, but did you ever stop to think about their carbon pawprint? I'm excited to share some of the things we do in the crunchy house to minimize their impact on the environment.
Hey candidates, you want my vote in November? Here it is then -- straight up -- what matters to me and my peeps: climate change and how our country will adapt and mitigate the current and future dangers we face. Equally important is how, and if, we can turn these negatives into opportunities for the United States and for our future....more