Homemade Toothpaste

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

Recycle That Bra, Lady!

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
@fuzzieworld Wonderful! Glad we could help.more

Beware of Lead Paint

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
I think she will be fine as long as she's not chewing on it!more

Can a Pill Popper Still Be Green? Modern Meds v. Eco Ideals

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
I've actually quit taking opioids and muscle relaxers after 12 years because they just weren't ...more

Recycled Love: Second Chance Toys

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
Love this!  I definitely plan to have a collection in December!    more

Mariel Hemingway's Anti-GMO Film Project: 'Stop Monsanto'

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

Pets Can Be Green Too

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. ...more

A Trade-Off? Organic Food in Schools and the Greater Good

A mother reserves her right to speak up about a school's food quality while advising a friend to plot a school-food strategy in exchange for quality education:...more
I do agree! As someone who grew up on school lunches including pizza, french fries and soda ...more

The Corn-Free Challenge

This summer's devastating drought led this conscious eater to question our heavy reliance on one crop. Check out this fascinating experiment in eating:...more

Candidate Positions on Climate Change

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
Great post! There's so much at stake in this election. The choice is clear that the only ...more