Reduce Waste, Help Your Environment & Curb Climate Change

Use reusable produce bags called Bunch Bags at greenwomanstore.comI think we have all been trying to reduce waste, especially plastic waste for sometime now. Some of our local laws have helped us in this direction by prohibiting grocery outlets handing out free plastic bags that end up in the ocean (and in our seafood), in trees, and in already pushed to the limit landfills.

The awareness of plastic straws is currently in the forefront and we are glad for that education too. I found bamboo straws for sale at our healthy food store. Keeping a few of these in our car will be a big help! Along with glass and ceramic food containers for meals to-go.

Here are more simple ways to reduce waste and help your environment:

  • Reusable Produce Bags
  • Clean Your Plate to Curb Climate Change
  • Use & Store Stainless Steel, Glass or Bamboo Straws
  • Buy in Bulk to Eliminate Packaging
  • Bring Your Own Paper Bags to Your Farmers Markets
  • Keep Cutlery & Containers in Your Purse & Car
  • Bring Your Coffee Mug to Cafes for Refills
  • Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian
  • Buy “Ugly” Fruits & Veggies — They are often the tastiest!


Agriculture is a major driver of climate change, accounting for more than 20% of overall global greenhouse gas emissions. Between 30 and 40% of food produced around the world is never eaten. It is spoiled after harvest, during transportation, and/or thrown away by food stores and consumers. That’s us! We can help prevent waste and curb climate change by “cleaning our plates,” and buying only what our families will eat each week, deeply reducing food waste and the greenhouse gasses it produces.

Most of us shop weekly either at food stores or farmers markets. This requires us to estimate how much food we ourselves, or our family, will eat in a week. We can make better use of our freezers by packaging the greens that remain in our produce bins into a glass jar for soup the following week. This could include things like onion and garlic peels, veggie stems, etc. All these micro-nutrient rich food stuffs that contribute to “garbage” in landfills and climate change could be contributing to our overall health!

Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian. We must also address the environmental impact of factory farming. Did you know that agribusiness, industrial food, and large scale farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming. Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), contribute directly to global warming by releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—more than the entire global transportation industry. The air at some factory farm test sites in the U.S. is dirtier than in America’s most polluted cities.

Freezing in glass jars is easy if you leave the lid on the counter until the contents has frozen. Leaving the jar lid on the counter, in plain sight, helps you to remember to put the lid on the jar in the freezer.later. Better soups, more nutritious broths and sauces, and we feel we are contributing in yet another way to improve our environment and reduce the effects of climate change on our own communities and those around the world.

"Ugly" or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious -- especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot “Ugly” or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious — especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot is what makes it “ugly.” I find this to be true especially with fruits such as apricots, nectarines, apples an plumbs, even grapes. The best tasting are the ones kissed by the sun! Keeping these foods out of landfills is a most important effort being carried out by forward thinking folks around the world. The land, water, and human effort it takes to grow all food is to be respected. Have fun with ugly foods, and teach children to appreciate the efforts it takes to grow nutritious foods.

I’ve noticed that some American women over 90 are holding on to the outdated behavior and belief that “A lady always leaves a bit of food on her plate.” In India this would be an insult to the cook — and indeed an insult to Mother Earth everywhere! It’s time for all of us to shop for, cook, and help ourselves to only as much food as we plan to ingest — and clean our plates — no matter our age!

It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.Reducing food waste is not a focus of governments at the moment, so we must pick up this effort as a personal and family ethic. It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.


Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017

Venus of LausselOn this Menstrual Hygiene Day — May 28, 2017, let’s celebrate the knowledge that 30,000 years ago, humans knew that we women bleed 13 times a year in sync with the Moon — and we do not die. Reverence behold for the women of Planet Earth during this pre-history time and beyond. A time when we lived in balance and in awe of Woman and Nature, natural truths we are re-membering today. This 30,000 year old bas-relief “Venus of Laussel” cave art from France, records a woman holding a crescent moon-shaped horn engraved with 13 lines — one for each of the 13 moons of the year — while she points to her womb. Perhaps this was a menstrual teaching manual for our ancestral sisterhood. This women’s knowledge is our millennia-old inheritance.


Today’s girls and young women are clamoring for silence to be removed from Our Periods – our lives and cycles in tune with Mother Nature. The world is moving toward re-membering our woman-rite in so many ways:

Menstruation-MattersWomen’s Voices for the Earth fight for non-toxic menstrual products.

Support Women, Period in Minnesota provides Menstrual products to homeless shelters, transitional housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence – all places that depend on donations of supplies.

WASH United in Africa is making Menstrual hygiene management a worldwide priority.

Global Citizen shares new magazines on women’s health and women’s rights, period dramas and girls in Nepal.

Oxfam in Nepal is teaching women to sew menstrual napkins and earn a living doing it!

See what’s happening in classrooms right now​​​​​​​ around the world and a great video!

Menstruation-Matters-3And just in case you doubt the wisdom and artistry of humans 30,000 years ago, it has recently been discovered that the depictions of animals on the walls of caves at that time were seen to move or gallop in place with the flickering of cave fires. Our ancestors were in fact videographers – a person who records images.

Celebrate International Menstrual Hygiene Day this May 28th, and the knowledge that “We Bleed and Do Not Die” with women around the world and through time!

Our organic, non-gmo, chlorine free tampons are on sale 20% to 30% Off!

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin - Control What You Can: Your HomePreventing Cancer with Audra Conklin, “Control What You Can: Your Home”

In our Telesummit Series, “Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes” we explored toxins, radiation, hormone disruptors, cell phones, sunscreens, fluoride, fracking, GMOs, flame retardants and BPA — and Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cancer and its Recurrence.  

Audra Conklin is the former owner of Modern Mermaids Eco-Products. She built her business with kitchen chemistry and Essential Oils, sleepless nights and a lot of humor. She manufactured and sold non-toxic cleaning products in a very competitive market. Audra grew up “green” so she has walked the walk her entire life. She educates the public and businesses on switching out your toxic products for non-toxic ones. You can listen free to Audra Conklin’s interview here!

In our interview, Audra taught us about the connections between Allergens, Asthma, Scented Candles, Plug-Ins, and Air Fresheners — and how eliminating the very small daily doses of these toxins can help prevent chronic health problems, cancer, and it’s recurrence.

She had some good advice for us to get started:

  • Switch out a product or a room at a time with safer healthier products.
  • “Fragrance” means synthetic, made in a lab with petrochemicals.Fragrances can cause health problems, neurotoxicity, headaches and breathing problems. Synthetic Fragrances are irritants, allergens, and can cause Asthma. The good news is most Asthma is preventable.
  • Safely wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Soaps, Toothpastes, and Fabrics may be associated with endocrine and hormonal toxicity, allergenic effects, organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, and is suspected of being a carcinogen and environmental toxin.

Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes



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Eco Friendly Office Tips for Working Mom’s Day

7 Eco-Friendly Office TipsMother’s Day is a great time to integrate some Eco Friendly Office Tips. Here are several simple changes you can make your working experience more Earth-Friendly. If your home is already green, bring some of that earth friendliness to your office and create a less toxic place to spend a large part of your day!

Here are 9 Eco Friendly Office Tips:

1. Install Recycle Bins around your office place encouraging proper disposal of glass, plastic, aluminum, and used batteries and ink cartridges.

2. Conserve Paper Use as much as possible, especially at your copy machine or printer. Set it for two-sided, and email or text what doesn’t need to be printed.

3. Use Green Office Supplies, replacing with eco-friendly products as you make new purchases: LED task lighting (see the video), bamboo pencils, and always used the highest percentage of recycled paper available.

Eco friendly office tips for working moms.4. Reusable Dishware in the Kitchen cuts down on plastic bowls, coffee mugs, plates, and utensils, and encourages colleagues to bring their own. Biodegradable dinnerware is available now also in bulk at money saving prices.

5. Encourage Portable Glass Water Bottles instead of selling bottled water by providing good filtered water for refills.

6. Stock Wax Paper in the Kitchen as well as wax sandwich bags in the kitchen for plastic free, non-toxic food storage.

7. Carpool, Train, Bike & Bus to Work at least two days a week to save money and gas, and reduce air pollution. If we all did it, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,600 pounds a year! And think of all the great conversations and friendships you will make with workmates and colleagues. Have a bike rack built at work to encourage this healthy eco-friendly mode of transportation!

8. Create a Sustainabilty Team of office members to research and encourage the greenest office practices possible. Come up with some fun contests and prizes to reward green ideas, eco-friendliness, and friendly competition!

9. Conserve Energy by shutting down computers, monitors, printers, and business cell phones at the end of the day. That means the kitchen too: Unplug those microwaves, coffee makers and toasters!

Happy Mother’s Day! You can enjoy your workplace more when you take steps to make it non-toxic, green, and earth friendly! Organize a “Sustainability Team” to adopt as many of these Eco Friendly Office Tips as you can. Comment below and let us know what you think.


Morra Aarons-Mele at Lean Into Green Online Education

Morra Aarons-Mele at Lean Into GreenDid you know that women drive social media!  Morra Aarons-Mele is igniting social action with The Mission List and  Women Online.  Join us on Day 9 of Lean Into Green free Online Education Series.   Learn how diverse groups of women are mobilized by social media, and how we are the key to a sustainable future at all levels.

We women connect online over life’s big and small questions. We hang out in eco-systems online, and we turn to the web for community. Traditionally, as caregivers, we have less diversity in our social networks. But with an online network, we connect personally and professionally. So, we have access to the world!

Morra Aarons-Mele is an Internet and Social Media P.R. expert, and the founder of Women Online and The Mission List.  She introduced Hillary Clinton to her first Internet Chat, and in 2004, she served as Director of Internet Marketing for the Democratic National Committee for the Obama Campaign. And we know how successful that was!

Morra is a work-life advocate, and blogs on women,  politics, work,  and entrepreneurship.  She is using your Internet Marketing and Social Media skills to help women and our businesses influence social change.

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Diane MacEachern at Lean Into Green Online Education

Diane MacEachern Big Green Purse at Lean Into Green Online EducaitonJoin us on Day 8 of Lean Into Green with Diane MacEachern from Big Green Purse. Diane talks about using your spending power to create a cleaner, greener world.

You will learn the guiding principles for shopping green for your family, children and pets! Great ways to save money by shifting your budget to living greener! Hear about Fair Trade, and the trickle down effect for your entire Eco-system when you buy organic! Did you know that women spend $.85 of every consumer dollar! Let’s do it well!

Diane MacEachern at Lean Into Green teaches conscious consumption is better not less.Teach you children responsible consumption by making it seem better, not less.  And set a good example with a family ethic of “Going Green.”  Use natural products for pet care, and BPA free rubber toys.  There are natural versions of most things we purchase.

Diane MacEachern is a Best-selling author, a Successful entrepreneur, and Long-time environmentalist. She is author of “Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.” And she is passionate about empowering consumers — especially women — to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment. Diane is a Green Living & Shopping expert and Green Business guru.

Diane’s online store connects you to natural products that she has reviewed and recommends. Products to save you time and money, to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, and to help you conserve energy and cut back on clutter and trash. You’ll find products for your home, your office, your garden, yourself and your children.

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Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Online Education

Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Online EducationJoin us on day 7 of Lean Into Green Online Education. Judy Grahn talks on the subject of Women’s Spirituality: We Must Go Back to Go Forward Sustainably.

Judy says, “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.”  Grassroots and academic women have been developing Women’s Spirituality for 40 years — a history that looks behind the curtain of patriarchal times.  Women centered knowledge has been suppressed in the interest of men developing their own sciences.  Now, it’s time for women to step forward again.

“Women’s Spirituality is the practice of connecting with, and being in relationship with, what is imminent and energetic in Nature.” You will gain a sense of where we might go and how we might change from a materialist and mechanistic view to a much more contemporary world view, one where everything is imminent and in process.  Science of all kinds is moving in the direction of a women-centered way of being.  Women’s Spirituality is spreading out into our culture in many different ways.  Learn about an online curriculum that includes Archeo-Mythologists, Dancers and Artists.  Judy closes this interview with her “Common Woman” poem.

Judy Grahn is a poet and author. She is one of the Founding Mothers of the Lesbian Feminist Movement in the United States. Judy co-directs the Master’s course in Women’s Spirituality at Sofia University. This is a two-year women-centered program which meets online throughout the academic year,and for three residencies held on campus in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Graduates use their degrees as a catalyst for change in themselves, in their communities, and in the world.

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Hunter Lovins at Lean Into Green Online Education

Join Hunter Lovins and Lean Into GreenToday, on Day 2 of our free Lean Into Green Online Educationyou will hear Hunter Lovins, a Colorado Cowgirl, author, global Professor, researcher, and longtime green activist, share her knowledge and experience.

“Going Green” is not just woowoo, it’s good for business! Hunter Lovins teaches businesses big and small how to become more profitable by operating sustainably. Hunter wakes up smiling, and you will too when you hear the new direction our world is moving in.  Green business practices are increasing at the same time young inventors are bringing sustainable development solutions we could not have dreamt of in the past. Hear how the safest investment is “Green Investment,” and hear about becoming an “Impact Investor.” Discover an accredited online course where you can learn from the best thought leaders on green development from around the world.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenHunter Lovins has been a promoter of sustainable development for over 30 years.  Hunter is president of Natural Capitalism Solutions, a 501c3 non-profit in Longmont, Colorado, and she is the Chief Insurgent of The Madrone Project.

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Simran Sethi at Lean Into Green Online Education

Join Simran Sethi and Lean Into GreenHi, and welcome to Green Woman Store’s free Lean Into Green Online Education Series. Join 21 extraordinary experts!  On Day 1, September 16, you will learn from Simran Sethi, an award-winning journalist, strategist and educator who teaches and reports on sustainability, the environment, and social media for social change.

Join Simran Sethi and Lean Into Green as she talks about how empathy and connection, long associated with women, are necessary for advancing positive social and environmental change. She tells us about what she calls “The Gendered Brain,” and gives us examples that are most compelling! Learn how the growth of this female orientation matters for the environment, business, and development, and why is it important for women to play a role in sustainability.

Simran has been awarded with many titles: She is called “The Environmental Messenger,” and she is one of  “The 20 Most Influential Women in Green.” Simran is an “Eco-Hero of the Planet” and an “Environmental Woman of Impact.”  She is a former environmental correspondent for NBC News, and she is dedicated to a redefinition of environmentalism that uses innovative forms of engagement, and includes voices from the prairie, the urban core, and the global community.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenI first learned of Simran’s work from her TED talks.  You can hear her talk on “Seeds -The Buried Beginnings of Food” here. And another where she talks about our “green brain,” telling stories, and more in “Why and How Do We Engage” here.

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New Make-Up for the New Year: Clean Cosmetics

Lucy Light Clean Cosmetics Mineral Foundation by Lucy Minerals“Clean Cosmetics” is the new buzz word these days for natural toxin free Make-Up.  Join the majority of women worldwide who are waking up to this new possibility.  Women owned businesses are creating Make-Up that we can feel safe wearing, and feel safe that we aren’t unnecessarily polluting our environment  while we “potentize our body with symbols,” as poet  Judy Grahn defines the word cosmetics.

Every new year, during the months of January through March, I replace last year’s Make-Up with fresh new items, sometimes changing the colors but not always.  Click on these photos if you see something you like! Whether it is a natural Mascara or Eye Shadow, or safe nano-particle-free Mineral Foundations, if you are like me and replace your Make-Up this time of the year, we have some great 100% natural choices.

EarthLab Cosmetics Raw Mascara Clean CosmeticsDiane Peterson and Jennifer MacDougall, the mother and daughter team at EarthLab Cosmetics, uses 100% natural botanically based food grade ingredients that are Gluten-Free, Paraban Free, and free of all toxic chemicals.  I personally love their “Raw Mascara.”  It actually comes in one color only, Black, because if they wanted brown they would have to cook it!

These two women entrepreneurs are committed to “Raw Mascara” and Clean Cosmetics!  EarthLab Cosmetics is making and campaigning for safer cosmetic products.

Clean Cosmetics Mineral Foundation by Lucy MineralsAnnie Langguth is the Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist, and owner of Lucy Minerals. I love that she offers trial size Mineral Foundations for $2.50,  helping you can find your perfect shade. She also offers Light Foundations for Sensitive Skin, Oil Control Formulas, and Finishing Powders to bond with Foundation so they last for hours. 

Annie has Rosacea herself, and has created her Foundations with women’s skin problems in mind.  However you prefer your Mineral Foundations, you will find your perfect formula and perfect shade among Lucy Minerals all natural, nano-particle-free, Clean Cosmetics.

Thank you for shopping Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

Living Green with Renee’s Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Renee's Homemade Laundry SoapYou will love this soap. It gets your laundry clean, and is a wonderful PRE-TREATMENT to get out the dirt and food spots that can turn into stains if you don’t get them out, especially before using the dryer.

All of the Ingredients are found in the laundry product section of your favorite grocery store. Using ¼ cup to ½ cup for each load, you will have enough soap for 50 to 100 loads of laundry. The Initial Cost is approximately $7 and there will be lots of Borax and Washing Soda left for future batches.  Here’s your shopping list:

Ingredients are Borax, Laundry Soda and Fels Naptha Soap1  large box of Borax, 1 large box of Washing Soda (this is not Baking Soda, it’s “Washing Soda”) and 1 bar of Fells Naptha Soap.

1 batch of Renee’s Homemade Laundry Soap makes 3 gallons: 

Step 1Step 1:
Pour 1 gallon of water into a large stew pot and put it on the stove
Add 1 cup of borax
And 1 cup of Washing Soda
And Grate ½  of a5 ozbar of Fells Naptha soap into the water

Step 2Step 2:
Heat the pot of water on the stove over medium heat
Stir with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are melted. 
The mixture will thicken slightly, get foamy, and turn a golden milky color.

Turn off the heat and take the hot mixture over to your kitchen sink where you have placed a 5 gallon bucket or pot into the sink.

Step 3Step 3:
Put 2 gallonsof cold water into the 5 gallon pot.
Pour the hot concentrated1 gallon batch of Laundry Soap mixture into the 5 gallon pot.

Step 4Step 4:
Using your funnel, pour the Laundry Soap mixture into your1 gallon containers.
You will have3 gallons.  One to keep, and two to share with friends, neighbors and family.

Your Homemade Laundry Soap will tend to separate, so shake it up a little before using it.

¼ cup is recommended for front loading washers, and ½ cup for top loading washers. You will have enough soap for 50 to 100 loads of laundry. Enjoy getting all your clothes very very clean.  Watch our video of Renee’s Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe.

Going Green: What it takes

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco Fuel

Brickenmore FireStarters made of natural field straw, horse manure, hay mixture, straw dust and paraffin by Eagle Valley Eco Fuel in Connecticut.

What it takes to “Go Green” is a lot of dedication!  Dedication to our children and future generations so that they will have the resources they need to thrive.  This is the concept Indigenous Peoples call, “Taking into consideration the next seven generations.”

Women's Power DVD by Max Dashu

A panoramic view of female leadership, creativity, wisdom, and courage, around the world and over thousands of years. Female spheres of power in politics, economics, religion, medicine, arts and letters. Women’s Power DVD by Max Dashu.

Going green requires dedication to the earth and her living, thriving resources that make our lives possible and equitable.  Dedication to our Self, for when we do what is truly right for our Self, it is right for everyone and the earth.  This is living in balance and we have done it in pre-history for thousands of years, everywhere on this planet, all cultures and in all traditions if we look back far enough.  This is the evidence of today’s  archeology and anthropology.

Ashley Urth Bag created from recycled juice boxes

Eco-Chic Handbags and Totes made from recycled juice boxes, magazines and shells by Urth Bags.

Today, we are fortunate to have lots of opportunities and alternatives.  Sustainable alternatives to restrictive ways of commerce and corporate greed.  We have many new small businesses starting up, growing right out of the soil of unemployment and the necessity of working where our passion leads us.

My favorite part of is hearing the stories of women entrepreneurs, and learning of the ways they act out their passions.  All ways that benefit consumers, families, women and the Earth.  Women are manufacturing products that inspire more products, inspiring more women around the world to live and consume sustainably.

Fashion Feeds Ethiopia Copper Beige Handmade Scarf

Handmade Scarves by Fashion Feeds Ethiopia

This is the best of capitalism.  These are the social dynamics that drive sustainable capitalism, the way we want it to be realized.  Products that enrich our lives and that make us feel proud we are making a contribution to healthy living, for the artists and manufacturers (Fair Trade), and our own families.

“Market Access” began in my mind twenty years ago when I learned of a study asking African village women what they needed most.  They cried out for “Market Access.” We all need market access for our goods and services.  I am proud and passionate about  Every day, we empower consumers and women entrepreneurs, solving everyday problems and wishes for a greening public that cares where it’s products come from.