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Why My Purse is Green

Because I believe…

  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
  • October 14, 2013

    Top 10 Cheap, Green Halloween Decorations You Can Reuse and Recycle

    Pumpkin stands  Here's a list of my Top 10 green Halloween decorations. What's so green about them? They minimize plastic and trash, use less energy, can be easily reused or recycled, and save money. No doubt about it, shifting your spending to greener Halloween decorations helps protect the planet as well as your pocketbook. How can you beat that?

    #1 LED Lights - These energy-saving lights have become all the rage for Christmas; now, you can use them at Halloween, too. Available in orange, purple, and white. Wrap them around your porch rail or door frame, or use them to light dark paths and stairs.

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    September 23, 2013

    Green Festival Offers Great Way to Try Living Green

    Green fest dc 2013 Want to try organic dark chocolate infused with caramel and sea salt?

    How about hand lotion made from argan oil and shea butter?

    Looking for a non-toxic way to ward off termites?

    Or safe and healthy cleansers you can use without getting sick?

    Maybe you just want a dose of inspiration to keep you living the green life, or working in your community to make it better.

    You'll find all this, and more, at the annual Green Festivals put on by Green America and Global Exchange, two non-profit organizations committed to creating a greener, more just world.

    I spent this weekend at "my" Green Festival in Washington, D.C., browsing the food booths, trying on organic cotton sweaters, slathering my hands with natural cremes, meeting other entrepreneurs, and being reminded why Ralph Nader is still "the man."

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    September 18, 2013

    "Lean Into Green" Telesummit Features Great Advice From 21 Green Living Experts

    GreenFlyingWoman "Lean Into Green" is the brainchild of Genny LaMorgan, founder of GreenWomanStore.com. Green Woman Store bills itself as a great resource for "simple & sustainable living," and I have to agree. It provides an amazing portal to apparel and accessories, art and culture, books, and beauty and health products, all curated to meet three criteria:

    * Fair trade - ensuring fair payment to producers to iprove their economic, social and environmental well-being

    * Green - focusing on products made in an environmentally-friendly way

    Continue reading ""Lean Into Green" Telesummit Features Great Advice From 21 Green Living Experts" »

    September 16, 2013

    Three Best Ways to Reduce Food Waste: Shop Smart, Cook Smart, Compost Smart

    Every time I clean out my fridge or pantry, I'm appalled. As conscientious as I try to be about my food budget, I still find myself wasting more than I should. I'm not a hoarder, but I do hate throwing things away. To me, it's just like burning money, and who has money to burn? I certainly don't. That's why I'm trying to stick to these three smart strategies for wasting less food.

      Store shelves #1 - Shop Smart

    The first trick is to buy what you actually will eat. I've gotten pretty good about taking stock of what's still in the fridge before I go to the store. I never get around to thinking about recipes before I grab a shopping cart, but I have finally stopped buying double or triple of something, just because that's what I always buy.

    Plus, I try not to be motivated by what's supposedly on sale. Would I buy it if it weren't on sale? If the answer's no, I still skip it.

    Timesaver Tip: No time to even make a list? Take a picture of what's inside the fridge or in the pantry with your smart phone.

    Continue reading "Three Best Ways to Reduce Food Waste: Shop Smart, Cook Smart, Compost Smart " »

    September 06, 2013

    EcoCentric Mom Box Review: Natural Lotions, Snacks, Soaps, and More

    Even though the summer can be humid, my skin seems to stay dry all year long. I'm always on the prowl for plant-based skin moisturizers that soothe dry skin without staying sticky or clammy. This month's EcoCentric Mom Box filled the bill, with samples of two different moisturizers from Pure + Remedy. Though designed to be light enough for your face, I've been slathering them on my hands and enjoying instant relief. Both the Gentle Hydrating Facial Moisturizer and the Vitamin C Concentrate Facial Moisturizer are rich in natural oils and anti oxidants.

    Screen small I'm enjoying the other personal care products EcoCentric Mom sent as well, including:

    Possum Hollow Farm Soap - Made by a small family business in Pennsylvania, this non-irritating soap contains a variety of oils, including coconut, palm kernal, oilve, rice bran, soybean, and blood orange. There's shea butter and nutmeg, too, so you get nice and clean without drying out.

    Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Mascara - If I use mascara, I want to avoid the nasty chemicals found in many commercial products (vinyls, acrylics, parabens, glycols, I'm talkin' to you!). This option from Suncoat relies on kaolin clay and vitamin E to build lash volume and length. Plus, it doesn't seem to smudge.

    Continue reading "EcoCentric Mom Box Review: Natural Lotions, Snacks, Soaps, and More" »

    August 05, 2013

    Getting a Green Clean from Maid Brigade

    Don't you love it when someone else cleans your house?

    I sure do - unless, of course, they "clean" it using products laden with nasty chemicals that leave my rooms smelling like antiseptic and that leave me with a big headache. I've tried a lot of so-called green cleaning services over the years, but generally have found that, unless I provide my own healthy, non-toxic cleansers, most housekeepers use conventional stuff that's full of phthalates, pesticides, formaldehyde and other toxins.

    Maid Brigade That's why I was intrigued when Maid Brigade, a self-proclaimed green cleaning company, approached me with an offer to clean my house top to bottom in exchange for a no-holds-barred review of their service. In other words, they would do the dirty work; I would tell you how they measured up.

    WHAT IS A GREEN CLEANING SERVICE?

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    July 29, 2013

    Eco-Friendly Soaps & Lotions, Plus Organic Energy Drinks & Honey

    The July EcoCentric Mom Box offers lots of interesting goodies you're either going to want to put in your body or on it.

    IN Your Body

    Julyboxsmall1 I hate to admit it, but the first thing I do when I get an EcoCentric Mom Box is to see what foods it contains. Maybe that's because it usually arrives around lunch time! In any event, I've really enjoyed this month's taste treats. They included:

    Honibe Honey Lozenges and Honibe Honey Delights Candy - The lozenges are made from 100% pure dried honey - and they sure taste like it. They're also infused with menthol and eucalyptus; I can imagine using them in the fall and winter if I get a sore throat or stuffy nose. The Honibe Honey Delights are also made with 100% pure dried honey - and that's eat. They taste delicious and are just sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

    Continue reading "Eco-Friendly Soaps & Lotions, Plus Organic Energy Drinks & Honey" »

    July 22, 2013

    Help Save Sea Turtles on Topsail Island, NC

    Right now, something completely amazing is happening on a barrier island in North Carolina. Sea turtles, one of the Earth's most ancient creatures, are coming ashore at night to dig nests and lay their eggs. They've been doing the same thing, over and over and over again, for more than 100 million years. And it's still utterly amazing.

    Nesthatchup I recently spent a morning on Topsail Island, NC, with my sister-in-law Bobbie and her husband Bob, doing what they do every Monday morning between May 1 and the end of August. We walked up and down a stretch of this barrier island's 26-mile long beach looking for tracks that would indicate that a turtle had crawled up from the ocean's shore to lay eggs.

    Bob and Bobbie are part of an impressive volunteer force that's been mobilized by the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Hospital to help save these creatures. That means helping to protect the laid eggs from predators and even guiding hatchlings back to the sea.  

    Continue reading "Help Save Sea Turtles on Topsail Island, NC" »

    July 01, 2013

    Natural Mosquito Repellent to Ward Off Summer Bugs & More

    My Ecocentric Mom Box has arrived just in the nick of time. Summer is in full swing, which means so are the mosquitos. There are lots of ways to reduce mosquitos around your home, but most of us still need Mombox1to use some kind of repellent when we're in the garden, at a picnic, or taking a walk. This month's Mom Box included Herbal Insect Repellent from Turtle Moon that's worth giving a try. Made from essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and wild geranium, it smells great to me (though not to bugs), sprays on so you can rub it in, but is not greasy.

    I was a bit skeptical of another product in the box until I tried it. It's a lip scrub, believe it or not. This is a terrific solution if you have chapped lips that you just can't seem to keep moist.  Essence of Antiquity Pomegranate Lip Scrub works like hand or body scrubs you might have tried. Organic sugar provides the grit that gently wipes off rough skin cells, leaving lips feeling surprisingly moist.

    Afterwards, I tried the Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Colour, a lip stick made with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate oil (NOT lead, which is found is a surprising number of lip sticks). All those oils left my lips feeling soft and healthy. NOTE: this lipstick is pretty shimmery, so if that's not for you, you can use it as a base and put something more subdued on top.

    Another healing product in this month's box was the Brigit True Organics Magic Healing Skin Balm Stick. This balm claims to help heal skin irritation, bug bites, and dry skin. I wasn't able to verify those claims independently, but given the ingredients - extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, calendula - I can imagine that it does a pretty good job moisturizing and soothing.

    Continue reading "Natural Mosquito Repellent to Ward Off Summer Bugs & More" »

    June 03, 2013

    Insulate Now to Reduce High Air Conditioning Costs

    Most people don't think about insulating their homes until the fall. With winter looming, consumers know that higher heating costs will hit them right where it hurts - in their pocket books.

    Electricity bill 2012But guess what? As climate change increases, it is becoming more expensive to cool your home in the summer than heat it in the winter. Here's a copy of my 2012 electricity bill, which shows how much electricity I use month to month and compares 2012 overall to 2011. (I have an electric heat pump for both heating and cooling). I use almost twice as much energy to cool my home in July and August than to heat it in November and December!

    All of which is to say that, as we face another blistering summer, now is a smart time to think about insulating your home to keep hot air out and cooled air in.

    Mark Group LogoThe Mark Group, a company based in the United Kingdom but with offices in Philadelphia, Delaware, and New Jersey, is sponsoring this post to let you know what energy-saving options you can take advantage of right now. They include:

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