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For EcoMoms, Saving Earth Begins at Home - New York Times

For EcoMoms, Saving Earth Begins at Home - New York Times

So glad to see this. I just wrote a piece about being an eco-mom for the upcoming collection The Maternal Is Political, edited Shari MacDonald Strong. It's an uphill battle and I wish I could sell my SUV and buy a Prius like, this afternoon, but amazingly, Maui doesn't even have public recycling!

Here are a few of my favorite eco-friendly things:

Fit--vegetable and fruit wash

Solio--the solar charger for all things portable including Blackberry and Ipod

John Patrick--beautiful clothes, organizer for organic cotton farmers

Newman-Os--Paul Newman's Oreo alternative

Rawganique--Organic Linen Sheets

Acme Grocery Bags--they fold up into little pouches you can put in your pocket

Ecover dishwasher cubes--because I hate the idea of washing Tenzin's bottles and cups with an ammonia based product

What are yours? I'm always on the hunt. At the moment looking for non-plastic kids cups...

February 17th, 2008


Comment #1 by LiteraryAquarian on February 17, 2008 - 11:26pm

Some of mine are rather simple you could say, I like to use spaghetti jars as cups, in place of drinking glasses. I also use them to wash out paint brushes when I'm painting. When I grocery shop, I decline a bag for 1-3 items and when I brush my teeth I fill one of those spaghetti jars half full with water. I've lived abroad, and living in a country with limited sources of fresh water and electricity teaches one how to greatly conserve.So many of the worlds poor already recycle and almost always have, so I hope everyone else will continue to go green. Unfortunately some of the eco friendly products are too expensive for my budget, so I do my part where I can.

Comment #2 by nicole on February 18, 2008 - 9:22pm

i love those reusable bags. i'm a fan of larabars and cliff nectar bars - great for when you need yummy whole foods on the go. and i like making home sprays with essential oils (

Comment #3 by Rebecca Walker on February 19, 2008 - 5:06am

I hear you LA on the forced green habits of the rest of the world. Because I constantly remind people in my house that my friends in Kenya wash an entire load of laundry with, I swear, what seems like no more than two or three cups of water, they make fun of me, joking that I should be able to take a shower with a thimble full! But we can learn so much from resourcefulness born of necessity. One small thing I appreciate more lately is finishing things before buying another one. I get tremendous satisfaction from finishing a tube of toothpaste, for example, or a bottle of shampoo. I know that I really USED the product, none of it went to waste. Similarly, eating everything in the fridge, cooking smarter so very little is thrown away. And I've been buying almost all of my son's toys on E-bay. He gets a lot of not made in China Fisher Price toys of my youth, and the toys get recycled for another generation.On my way to check out anti-bacterial spray with essential oils. I need something like that for bug repellant. Mosquitoes here are nasty, and love my three year old.

Comment #4 by LiteraryAquarian on February 20, 2008 - 1:49am

That is a good feeling. I wasn't always like that, I had to teach myself how to reduce my consumption of everything. I think it is the constant fear of going without that causes us to reload on things before we have a chance to finish the first. A good example of that is dinner time politics and buffets. Ever notice how people go back for more before they finish the first plate, better yet, leave a plate of food for another, simply because it says, "ALL YOU CAN EAT?" It is hard, but I have small children in my family, and I try to teach them the same things. Kudos to you for giving your son used toys, I have my childhood toys and plan to give them to my children. Remember real Tonka Trucks-made of metal- and those little sticks in the canister? Good Times, Good Times.

Comment #5 by Danielle on February 22, 2008 - 11:21pm

I think that saving the earth has more to do with overhauling people's mindsets and learning to live more simply, with different priorities- more than just being about more products.

Comment #6 by coach outlet malls on December 17, 2010 - 9:19am

oh that's nice!

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