Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Mommy Greenest Fair Trade Valentine's Day Gift GuideLast year I celebrated Valentine’s Day by asking you to boycott Hershey’s, which is working towards 100% third-party certified production in Africa—a step that would eliminate once and for all accusations of child labor, forced labor, child trafficking and verbal, physical and sexual harassment that have plagued America’s biggest chocolate manufacturer for years. This year, I’m going one step further: Will you join me in putting your love money to work with fair trade Valentine’s Day gifts? [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest 2014 Eco Fashion Holiday Gift Guide

clothes and accessories on white backgroundFrom vegan to organic, fair trade to upcycled, here are just a few eco fashion goodies that are on my list this holiday season. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: PACT Hot Yoga Gear

brunette model wearing red patterned hot yoga pants in rowboat on glassy forest lakeI do hot yoga about three times a week—hot not because the room is heated, but because I sweat. A lot. And although I admire the fancy patterned pants on my hot yoga studio friends, I tended to stick to the boring-yet-utilitarian uniform of black leggings and extra-long men’s ribbed tank top.

But I just discovered a new line that’s inspired me to upgrade my look for hot yoga—and life. PACT just launched a collection of fair trade certified (no fast fashion here) camis and leggings crafted from super-soft organic cotton. The styles are perfect for daily, gym and yoga wear and best of all they’re totally affordable—and even available at Whole Foods Markets! Ready to amp up your workout style? I’ve got a 20% off to share, plus FOUR readers will each win a pair of leggings of their choice! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Fair Trade Alaffia Africa’s Secret

orange label two skin cream bottles against white backgroundI’ve been a huge Alaffia fan for years, ever since I discovered their Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo made with certified fair trade shea butter. After using it for a few months, even my hairdresser commented on how much thicker my hair felt and looked. Since I have hated my fine, limp hair since I could pick up a curling iron—and watch as the curls fell out after 15 minutes—this was enough to sell me on the shampoo for life.

I am also a total vanilla junkie—check out my DIY perfume experience as evidence—and became totally hooked on Alaffia’s super light yet totally moisturizing fair trade Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion after smelling the warm vanilla scent in the Whole Foods Whole Body aisle. At $14 for a gigantic bottle of one—or $23.50 for both—Everyday Shea is not only a great line of products, it’s a great deal.

And recently, I discovered Alaffia Africa’s Secret Unscented Multipurpose Skin Cream, the amazing fair trade moisturizing and skin repairing cream that started it all—and is now my new miracle night cream. Want to try? I’ve got 12 jars to give away, plus 25% off! [Read more…]

Boycott Hershey Update

hershey's chocolate against white backgroundAfter nearly 400 Mommy Greenest readers signed a petition urging Hershey to speed up its goals of certifying cocoa production and eliminating child slavery, the company responded quickly. I called Hershey yesterday, expecting to confirm receipt of the petition, which I had mailed less than two weeks ago. But within a few hours of leaving a message for CEO John Bilbrey, I received a lengthy email from their consumer relations department, which shared some things I didn’t know about the chocolate behemoth. Let me tell you, I was surprised. [Read more…]

Boycott Hershey’s

hershey's kiss on white backgroundRecently, Hershey’s responded to a child labor lawsuit and pressure from human rights groups by committing to 100% third-party certified production in Africa, where it sources the majority of its cocoa.

The certification should eliminate many claims of child labor, forced labor, child trafficking and verbal, physical and sexual harassment that have plagued America’s biggest chocolate manufacturer.

But there’s one problem with this objective: It’s not set to take effect until 2020. With an estimated 1.8 million children currently forced to labor on cocoa farms in West Africa, more than 10 million children will be affected over the next six years. I think that’s too slow, don’t you? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, let’s do something about it! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Modavanti

model seated on white chair, her foot up on a pile of books, wearing a long black skirt, striped top and gray shoesYou can do the right thing and look good doing it. That idea was the reason I started writing about eco fashion in the first place. Because back in 2006, nobody was talking about the fact that cotton production eats up more insecticides per year than any other crop, our addiction to fast fashion devastates third-world countries, or that upcycling—through thrifting or swapping—your clothing could actually be fun.

We wanted what we wanted—fast, cheap and delivered to our doorsteps. But something happened over the past seven years: We woke up to the realization that our choices really do have an impact. Simultaneously, we realized that there were eco fashion labels out there that were designing with style and sustainability in mind.

Now those labels come together in one perfect package: Modavanti. [Read more…]

Fast Fashion Fix

Made in Bangladesh label on white t-shirt.Check your label. Chances are you’re wearing something made somewhere else. That’s because so-called “fast fashion” has outsourced the $3 trillion a year apparel industry to countries like Bangladesh and China, which underpays its workers and allow some of the most dangerous, toxic—and least expensive—means of production in order to provide the American consumer with cheap and disposable goods.

A garment factory building fire that killed more than 900 people in Bangladesh has the industry calling for better regulation of fast fashion. Yet as of today, GAP is still refusing to sign a safety agreement that would require companies to conduct fire and building safety inspections and make the findings public.  [Read more…]