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No New Clothes For A Year

A year ago, I made a big, audacious promise, to not buy any new clothes for a whole year. I was propelled to make this promise because I had just been reunited with my clothes after six months of separation. They were in a shipping container for half a year, and I had gotten through those six months without hardship. I wrote about that experience and lessons learned in my post Living Through 3 Seasons… Read More »No New Clothes For A Year

Read, Listen, Watch, Follow: The Climate Change edition

Staying informed about environmental issues is critical. But it is also hard. There is an information overload about environmental issues available, which causes us to cry out:  How can we find well-researched information?  How can we avoid deliberately misleading information?  Can it be in a format that is easy to understand? We at Earth Mamas International feel how hard this is, and are starting a series called Read, Listen, Watch, Follow. We will share sources… Read More »Read, Listen, Watch, Follow: The Climate Change edition

Is Something Burning?

One of the biggest environmental and public health catastrophes of the year is not a hurricane or an earthquake. It’s a forest fire.  Perhaps you caught word of the tragedy of the Amazon fires in August and the subsequent outrage of Global North governments offering aide while your Facebook feed filled with articles and sad-face emojis.  We love the Amazon! We likely all learned about the magic and mystic of this rainforest as wide-eyed elementary… Read More »Is Something Burning?

Avoid Greenwashing, Support Sustainable Companies

A few years back (2014), I was eating with some new friends, talking about environmental impact. I said my husband and I chose to drive a Prius to lessen our impact, and my friend responded, “You know their batteries cause a lot of environmental damage. It might not be a better choice.” What? I was incredulous. How is this possible? Some website searching later, I found out that hybrid batteries, made of lead acid, can… Read More »Avoid Greenwashing, Support Sustainable Companies

20 Tips to an Eco-friendly Summer

This winter felt eternal. Every time the weather would get sunnier or warmer, a few days down the weather forecast was gray and cold. I think the whole Northern Hemisphere is ready to get outside, get in the sun, and get together with loved ones. Every family has their sacred summer traditions: whether it be a beach vacation, a backyard barbeque, or just sitting in the backyard next to a pool. Without them, it just… Read More »20 Tips to an Eco-friendly Summer