I recently attended BlogHer’s DC conference, where I was thrilled to meet up with a group of green supermoms whose blogs I frequently turn to to help make sense of the latest environmental and green parenting news. Confused about bottled water having the same cancer-causing contaminants as tap water? Manufacturers voluntarily creating BPA-free bottles yet the FDA says they still can’t tell if any thing’s wrong with it? (What’s a little extra risk for altered brain development, anyway.) And what about lead? These women are devoting their spare time (which means giving up sleep, as my fellow parent readers know!) to uncovering the truth behind green claims and controversies and sharing tips to help other parents make smart choices.
The Green Parent Jenn Savedge wrote the book, literally, on eco-friendly parenting. Diane MacEachern is one of Glamour magazine’s 70 leading women environmentalists and the author of the book and blog The Big Green Purse, showing how to use the power of your checkbook to push corporate America in the right direction. Organic Mania helps you make sense of all things green and organic. The Smart Mama, armed with her trusty XRF toy-testing gun, is a walking encyclopedia on toxins found in the home and in children’s toys. Green & Clean Mom makes green living “sassy, sexy and fun.” And there’s a new group effort from my friend formerly known as Mama Bird, at The Green Phonebooth. If you only click one of these links – though I encourage you to bookmark or subscribe to them all! – make it Jess’s write-up of the Smart Mama’s tests on some of her own kid’s toys and other items you literally carry every day, like car keys. It’s a scary, contaminated world out there, but these women are making the world cleaner for our kids, one blog post at a time.
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