YSK: Clean Water

Architectural black and white drawing of two story house with red arrow pointing to the whole house clean water filtration system
How cool is that? Graphic: Aquasana

Clean water is critical to health — and nobody understands this better than parents. That’s the finding from a new survey of more than two thousand people in the United States conducted by Aquasana, which researches consumer behavior around water filtration on an annual basis (and sponsored this post). Was COVID-19 a factor? You betcha — but that’s not all. Read on!

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Recycled Metal Jewelry Gift Guide

Recycled gold mini bar stud earrings from Aurate from Mommy Greenest Recycled Metal Jewelry Gift Guide
These 100% recycled gold delicate stud earrings from AUrate are among my current faves.

My husband never bought me an engagement ring. When we decided to get married there was no bended knee: We fell in love fast and young, and I moved my great-grandmother’s ring from my right hand to my left. But I have always loved vintage jewelry more than new! Like preloved fashion found at a thrift store, garage sale, or clothing swap, wearing something that was previously part of another person’s life is magical to me.

Plus, just as there are landfill-reducing and global-warming fighting benefits of reusing clothes, choosing reused or recycled metal jewelry has significant environmental benefits, as well. Need a great recycled gold jewelry gift for your love, your bestie, or yourself? Read on! 

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Game Changing Natural Laundry Detergent Sheets

Mommy Greenest eco laundry detergent sheet

Loving these new zero waste natural laundry detergent sheets I just discovered! They work just as well — or better — than liquid or pods, both of which contain water. Liquid laundry detergents are about 90% water, which makes them heavy to transport and gives them a higher carbon footprint.

Now that laundry can be done with a sheet, there’s no need to lug home a plastic bottle. Clothes get clean, plastic gets saved, and greenhouse gases are reduced. Win win win!

Want to find out more about how to get clean clothes with less impact? Read on!

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Zero Waste Natural Deodorant Score

Refillable zero waste natural deodorant stick in close up with packaging behind it on a wood table outdoors.
It’s refillable natural deodorant that really works. Genius!

When it comes to natural deodorant, I’m kind of a slut. I’ve tried most brands on shelves, gave away a bunch and even developed a natural deodorant DIY! Realizing that potentially cancer-causing ingredients were in most deodorants — and that natural alternatives are competitively priced and readily available — set me on the natural beauty path in 2008. Because no one wants to put that crap next to your lymph nodes, especially now that breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women in their late 30s to early 50s — roughly the ages that I’ve been since I began writing as Mommy Greenest. (P.S. Just clicked through these links and watched myself age. Wow.)

Want to know about my latest zero waste natural deodorant score (and how to get 10% off)? Read on!

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TikTok Magnet Ball Challenge Can Kill Kids

Child holds magnet ball toy on their tongue with mouth open; these magnets can be swallowed and kill kids.
Please don’t do this at home — or anywhere. Magnet ball toys are no joke.

Did you know magnets can kill kids? I didn’t, either — until my friend told me about her tweenaged son, who had been playing with the magnet ball toys that are so popular right now. He put one inside his mouth and held another against his cheek. With his tongue, he moved the ball around inside his mouth as its mate moved around on his skin. Then he popped another into his mouth, holding the tiny balls against the back of his teeth by the power of their attraction to one on the outside of his lip. It was like a magic trick. Until it wasn’t. That’s when the magnet outside his mouth was pulled inside and the force of that action caused him to accidentally swallow all three.

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Life Insurance 101

Mommy Greenest image of my three children walking away on a street, to demonstrate why I feel I need life insurance.
These are my three kids. This is why we have life insurance.

Life insurance seems like a scary thing, but — especially if you have kids — it’s something to think about. I never really thought about it until I had children. But it makes sense. If something were to happen to me or my husband, I want my children to still have the financial support that we give them now. 

That’s why I was interested in Fabric, the company that sponsored this post. In addition to a free will service, Fabric offers life insurance for less than $14 per month, and application takes just ten minutes online. It was started by parents and designed with us in mind. Want to learn more? Read on!

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Hard Seltzer: Too Good To Be True?

mommy greenest hard seltzer image of hard seltzer can with too good to be true written across the photograph

Since my daughter came home from college, there are always a few cans of hard seltzer in the fridge. Hard seltzer is the wine cooler of the 21st century, apparently. They’re low-calorie, sweeter than beer, and measurable (unlike vodka shots, another popular party drink for Gen Z). But until I looked into it, I had no idea what kind of crap can be in these cans! Want to know more? Read on!

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Stop Junk Mail: It’s Fast, Easy, and Free

How to stop junk mail: Photo of unwanted junk mail catalogue

I didn’t request this junk mail catalogue. I didn’t order anything from this company or agree to be on their mailing list — yet, somehow, I am. Junk mail is the same thing as spam email — you buy or sign up for something and the company sells your information to another company, who sells it to someone else, and so on. 

And I’m sick of it. All that paper — those poor trees! Not to mention the carbon footprint of sending unwanted coupons, credit card offers, insurance solicitations, and catalogues to me and every other person who never asked for them. So I did a little research and discovered that it takes just a few minutes and costs nothing to get off of junk mail lists. Let’s do this!

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