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Inspiration and fresh ideas for how to live as a sustainable family.

245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

Green Living Media Reviews

CommercialismDr. Dave's Cyberhood: Making Media Choices that Create a Healthy Electronic Environment for Your Kids by David Walsh, PhD (Fireside, 2001)Buy It Now!A Parent's Guide to the Best Children's Videos, DVDs and CD ROMs by Kids First! (Mars Publishing, 2001)Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell (Island Press, 2002)Buy It Now!Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment edited by Ed Brody (New Society Publishers, 2002)Buy it now  The Trajectory of Change: Activist... read more

Online Guide to Chem-Free Kids Products

Following overwhelming response to the holiday shopping guide to toxic chemicals in toys, the Washington Toxics Coalition has launched Safe Start for Kids, a guide to choosing children's products free of harmful chemicals. Safe Start for Kids provides easy-to-use tips on choosing everyday products for children and gives parents quick answers on questions such as which baby bottle to choose and how to find a safe mattress. Other products include bibs, lunch boxes, art supplies, personal care items like lotions, shampoos, and sunscreen, and more. The guide also contains... read more

Hands Across the Sand in North Wildwood, New Jersey

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. Hands Across the Sand is a movement with a simple message: NO to offshore oil drilling, YES to clean energy. In the literal wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, there seems no better time to join hands at the waters’ edge in solidarity with others who wish to protect the world’s oceans. I am spending a few weeks with my family at the New Jersey shore. Knowing a Hands Across the Sand event was planned for yesterday, my eldest son and protest buddy... read more

Rest Your Eyes

It may be hard to find time to take care of yourself, but here’s a simple treatment for your tired eyes. Steep one chamomile tea bag in 1 cup boiling water in a large mug for 5 minutes. Remove the teabag and allow the tea to cool. Add 1 cup rose water to tea. Chill in refrigerator. Soak two cotton pads in the mixture. Place them on your eyelids and leave on for 5 minutes. Try this anytime of the day you get a few minutes or at bedtime. You can purchase rose water in any grocery store. read more

Share Your Soles

A casual observation that led to an idea that resulted in a cause that has now evolved into a movement best characterizes the Share Your Soles Foundation. Mona Purdy, the founder of Share Your Soles, was out running in Guatemala and saw children putting tar on the bottoms of their feet to protect them from the gravel on the roads. She felt compelled to do something about it and founded Share Your Soles as a means of collecting discarded shoes to send to those who could not afford them.People who heard the story were more than willing to donate—and donate they did. The... read more

Rediscovering The Earth

By Rachel Rose Web Exclusive It's spring, my first spring back in the Northwest since I was a child, and the first spring I've had a garden of my own. When we rented this house, I looked at the large, weedy yard as a liability. I had never considered becoming a gardener; my life was too full already. Gardening just snuck up on me, one petunia at a time. You'd think, with all the exposure I've had to gardening, I would have taken to it more easily. My mother is a master gardener of the obsessive-compulsive variety. Ever since I can remember, any house we've... read more

Tell Hershey's to Go Fair Trade and Organic

For years, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has been taking action, along with the International Labor Rights Fund to stop abusive child labor in the cocoa industry in West Africa. As a result of the constant pressure, major chocolate companies such as Mars and Cadbury have recently agreed to stronger labor and environmental standards in the production of the cocoa they use. But one iconic US brand is lagging behind—and they need to hear from you! Please join the OCA and thousands of people across the country in calling Hershey to urge them to switch to fair... read more

Parental Anxiety

After becoming a parent, I desperately wanted to do better, live healthier, be more aware, for myself and my child. I found attachment parenting, and liberating philosophies such as yours, for which I am grateful. And I also began to become aware of the damaging and unhealthy products, chemicals, and toxins in our world and food and homes, which it seems from your writing that you are aware of as well. This knowledge has produced a lot of good and healthy changes in my family, and also has caused a lot of worry and regret for me. I wish I had known about much of it... read more

Halloween Choco-loot

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I had a mad craving and ran over to the Chocolatesmith, the Mothering office’s nearest and dearest den of vice: www.chocolatesmith.com. Yes, them. They are our Second Street Studios neighbors. I totally gobbled up a dark chocolate-covered peanut butter mini bar…which reminds me of last year, when I bought a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups as Halloween giveaway candy…because I didn’t like them and wouldn’t eat any. Well, guess what? I put them in the freezer to keep them fresh-ish, and one PMSy night I ate one. Well, I realized I liked frozen peanut butter... read more

Asking for Help

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter How often do you wish for just one more pair of willing hands in your household – as so perfectly demonstrated by Jessica in her Mothering blog post this week?  Someone else to help with dishes, garden, a good kitchen sweep, and occasional childcare.  You know – someone to drain the pasta while you hold a crying child. There was a time in our life when we had a maid.  Two maids, actually – they came together every other week and scrubbed my home spotless.  It was amazing. ... read more

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