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November 26th, 2014

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

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This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many. It’s a time to eat, indulge and spend uninterrupted time with family.

It’s also a time for reflection. A time to think about what we’re thankful for and a time to think about how the choices we make impact our families and the planet.

Although every day provides an opportunity for reflection and change, Thanksgiving stands out as the perfect day to kick off a few new habits that will effect the longevity of our planet. If each of us revamped our consumption and waste habits by slightly adjusting what’s already in place, the overall impact could be huge.

Here are a few tips for the Thanksgiving holiday that will reduce our carbon footprint and help keep the planet healthy for generations to come.

Shop Local 

Shop locally this Thanksgiving and lend your support to the little local business rather than the big box stores. Go for holiday supplies that don’t need to travel far to get to your Thanksgiving table.

Buy Organic

Organic food typically requires 30-50% less energy during production than it’s conventional counterpart. Make the shift this Thankgiving to a table with more organic food choices. Knowing that your food isn’t sprayed with pesticides, chemicals or genetically modified is enough reason to incorporate organic foods into your menu.

Turn the Heat Down

Watch your home heat up on its own as your Thanksgiving guests arrive and as the oven is turned on to warm the food. Rather than opening windows to cool off the space remember to set the thermostat a few degrees lower before the celebration begins.

Don’t Use Disposables

Make the switch to reusable napkins, skip the paper towels and pull out the good dishes this Thanksgiving. It’s a bit more effort at the end of the evening, but it’s worth it. Each person in the United States uses 749 pounds (340kg) of paper every year. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the pulp and paper industry may contribute to more global and local environmental problems than any other industry in the world. The industry is the third largest industrial emitter of global warming pollution.

Reduce the Amount You Buy

Reducing is the first of the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. When planning your Thanksgiving celebration try making some slight alterations to your shopping list. Give some extra thought as to whether or not you truly need those items on your list and reduce the amount of food and decorations if possible.

Compost Table Scraps

Did you know that a typical household throws away an estimated 474 pounds of food waste each year? That means about 1.5 lbs per person a day in the United States. Food scraps generated by all households in the U.S. could be piled on a football field more than five miles (26,400 feet) high. Compost those vegetable scraps and watch your garden thrive.

Fill Your Dishwasher Before Running

Fill your dishwasher to capacity before running a cycle. You’ll end up saving water, energy and detergent.

Green Your Turkey

A Cornell study shows it takes 14 units of fossil fuel to produce a serving of turkey. If you’re planning to have turkey try to make it a little greener by purchasing it from a local market or farm.  If the turkey is traveling a long distance to get to your table that’s adding to your carbon footprint. Best option-skip the turkey!

Clean with Non-Toxic Cleaners

Make the switch to non-toxic cleaning products. When making the switch to green cleaning products replace products you’re currently using as they run out with a safer version. Take the time to research safer, non-toxic products and then make the switch.

Stay local

According to USA Today, it’s predicted that 24.6 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines domestically and internationally between November 21st and December 2nd this year. That’s a 1.5% increase from last year, or 31,000 more passengers on average a day. For many of us traveling is a long-standing tradition and needed to visit with our family. Use this handy calculator from The Nature Conservancy to help you calculate the amount of carbon you emit and offer ways of offsetting those emissions.

If your plan is to drive make sure your tires are fully inflated and your car has been properly serviced. This will help reduce your carbon emissions and improve your gas mileage.

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November 24th, 2014

BIG Giveaway! T-fal Pressure Cooker and Zabada Handy

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In honor of Thanksgiving and to thank you for being such a wonderful community I have something very special for you.

I’m giving away a Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal and a Kitchen Handy by Zabada (value $130)!

The Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal

The T-fal Clipso is a 6.3 QT. stainless steel pressure cooker. Not only is the exterior a beautiful, shinny stainless steel, but so is the interior. None of that non-stick toxic stuff.

This was my first time using a pressure cooker. I’ve always wanted to try, but never had the opportunity. Thanks to the kind folks at T-fal I was able to give it a go.

My overall experience: it was very simple to use and produced a delicious meal.

I’m not generally an instruction manual reader. I tent to learn by trial and error, but decided for this pressure cooker adventure that I would actually sit down and read through the manual since I had no idea what I was doing. Featuring a unique one-hand system, the T-fal Clipso can be opened and closed using only one hand.

My kids picked a recipe from the recipe booklet that was included. They chose Italian Sausage & Chicken.

We had all the ingredients ready to go after a lot of slicing and dicing.

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Surprisingly I didn’t get teary chopping the onions.

Groovy Green Livin pressure cooker giveaway

We were finally ready to put everything inside the pressure cooker and seal it up.

After reading through the instruction booklet it was very simple to use. The only surprise was the loud noise it makes when the pressure is released. The steam release valve controls steam release for added safety.

The final product was amazing. Everything was incredibly tender and juicy. The 13 minutes this dish spent in the pressure cooker made it taste like it had been simmering for hours.

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I have to come clean here and confess that I didn’t taste it. I don’t eat chicken. My family did the tasting and gave me the feedback. The cleanup was a breeze. It can actually go into the dishwasher. After all that stir frying the pan looks as good as new. The only negative comment from one of my sons was that there were too many tomatoes. Easy fix! Here’s the recipe in case you’re interested.

4.3 from 3 reviews
Pressure Cooker Italian Sausage & Chicken
 
Prep time
Cook time
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Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 Italian link sausages pricked with fork
  • 3½ lbs chicken, skinned and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp crushed hot red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown evenly. Remove and slice sausage into thin pieces.
  2. Add chicken and brown in batches. Remove
  3. Add onion, bell peppers and garlic. Cook until soft.
  4. Add the vinegar and stir up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken, sausages and the remaining ingredients.
  5. Close the pressure cooker. As soon as steam starts to release, lower the heat. Cook 13 minutes.
  6. Release pressure. Open the cooker. Remove the bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper.

Where to Buy: 

The T-fal Clipso is available in Macy’s retailers and Macys.com for $99.99. For more information please visit T-fal. 

Zabada Handy

Groovy Green Livin Pressure Cooker Zabada Kitchen HandyThe Zabada Kitchen Handy has two sides – a “Grease” side for removing grease from ovens, rangehoods and cooking appliances and a “Grime” side, with light scouring patches, for removing food residues and light grease with no chemicals, just water.

I’ve been testing this handy wipe for about a week and I love it. It’s simple to use- just add a little water and scrub the surface that needs cleaning. This innovative fiber wipe is incredibly durable and does the job. The best part-it’s machine washable and should last from 2-3 years. We ditched paper towels a few years ago and have been using resuables, but the Zabada feels much more substantial than the other store-bought microfiber clothes I’ve been using.

Where to Buy:

The Zabada Kitchen Handy is available for $30.00 HERE.

**Zabada will be running a “Thanksgiving Sale” with 20% off all Kitchen products (including the Kitchen Handy) from November 26th – December 5th.**

Pressure Cooker and Zabada Giveaway!

Now for the good stuff!  The kind folks at T-fal and Zabada have joined forces to offer one Groovy Green Livin reader their very own pressure cooker and Zabada Ktichen Handy. How cool is that?! By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to our Official Rules. Unfortunately this is only open to my US readers. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a T-fal Pressure Cooker and Zabada Kitchen Handy for review. All opinions are, of course, my own.

November 21st, 2014

The Importance of the Family Dinner

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This post represents a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own.

When my kids were small having a family dinner was no big deal. It was easy. There wasn’t any arranging needed. Back then our dinner hour was on the early side- anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Most nights we were all home so eating together happened routinely.

Times have changed. My boys are now 14, 12 and 11 and that 5:30-6:30 time slot is filled on most days with multiple activities. Somehow we still manage to make our family dinner time work. It’s inconsistent at best, but we scramble and find the time to sit, eat and catch up. Some nights this happens slightly after 8 pm and other nights we just can’t make it work. But we always make a strong effort to carve out those few minutes to break bread together. And sometimes that’s all we get- those few minutes. But it’s so worth it.

Why Finding the Time for a Family Dinner is So Important

According to The Family Dinner Project:

Over the past 15 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviors that parents want for their children: higher grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem. Additionally, family meals are linked to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders and depression. 

Groovy Green Livin Family DinnerThe things we’ve learned at the family dinner table are priceless. I’m not sure I’d know who danced with who at the school dance or the long list of bad words with incorrect meanings that they learned at summer camp if it wasn’t for that big batch of shared chili. There are times when the giggles still take over, and those three boys feed off of one another throughout the meal. As frustrating as endless giggles can sometimes be, I wouldn’t trade those giggles for the world. I can’t seem to shake that someday those boys won’t be sitting nightly with us during our family dinner.

Not only do we try our best to eat together, but we also belong to a CSA and we cook together. Cooking together is a fantastic way to spend some quality time in the kitchen, creating cherished family conversations.

I’m lucky enough to have found an organization, The Family Dinner Project, that supports and provides resources for family dinners. And they’re in my neck of the woods-Cambridge, Massachusetts!

The Family Dinner Project’s mission is to inspire families to enjoy food, fun, and conversation together.

#familydinnerforward contest!

The Family Dinner Project has a very cool contest lined up and I’m hoping you’ll participate! Between December 2-16, join the kick off of #familydinnerforward, an initiative (and fun contest!) to inspire families to give – within the family to one another and/or to those outside the family.

To participate in the #familydinnerforward contest here’s what you need to do:

  • Snap a dinner/giving-related photo and share it via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #familydinnerforward.
  • You can share as many photos as you like and all photos tagged on Twitter or Instagram with #familydinnerforward between December 2-16 will be entered to win prizes from Lenox!
  • Two winners will be drawn at random and will receive four 4-piece plate settings of the Lenox Entertain 365 pattern of their choice (estimated value of $344-400 depending on pattern chosen)!

US entrants only. Be creative! But here are some examples of dinner-oriented acts of giving you’re welcome to use:

  • Cook (or buy) a meal for a neighbor or someone in need
  • Invite someone for family dinner.
  • Collect and donate food items to a food pantry
  • Help deliver meals via a community organization
  • Cook a meal together at home, where everyone has a job (this is a gift to the
    person who primarily does the cooking!)
  • Give the gift of meaningful conversation (check out the conversation starters about #GivingTuesday HERE)
  • Talk about giving during family dinner and show us what you decide to give this
    season

I have no doubt that eating together really makes for better-adjusted kids….and better adjusted families. The combination of family meals and the concept of giving- what could be better? Take some time to join in the #familydinnerforward fun and help inspire others to do the same.

How many times each week do you eat together as a family? 

 

This post represents a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own.

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November 17th, 2014

5 Tips for Avoiding GMOs at the Supermarket

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As much as I would love to head to the supermarket once each week, no such luck. With three growing boys to feed the fridge looks pretty empty almost immediately after it’s been filled.

When I head to the supermarket I tend to stand in the aisles reading labels. Yes, I’m THAT woman. And I know I’m not alone. There’s no denying that most of us want to know what’s in our food. According to a New York Times poll 93% of people surveyed support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered.

Genetically Modified Organisms (also called GM, GE or GMOs) refers to crop plants that are consumed by animals and/or humans that have been tweaked or modified in a lab to boost desired traits such as: the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide, disease resistance and improved nutritional value.

Unfortunately labeling of  GMOs in food ingredient lists isn’t required in the US. If we take a look at our friends in the EU and other countries -GMO labeling has been the norm for years.

When we head to the supermarket our pocket books can do some of the talking since food buying power has a tremendous impact on our food system.

Here are 5 tips to help you purchase food at the supermarket without GMOs

Buy Organic When You Can

Look for the organic certification when you do your shopping and buy organic when you can. Products with an organic certification are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

USDA certified products cannot intentionally contain GMOs.  The USDA does not require testing for GMOs, so accidental contamination may occur.

Look for the Non-GMO Project SealGroovy Green Livin GMOs Supermarket

Remember that Non-GMO isn’t the same as organic. The label provides consumers with independent, third party assurance that the product contains no GMOs (products tested must contain less that .9percent GMOs, which allows for unintentional contamination). And yes, there could be unintentional contamination.

Avoid Ingredients that Could Come from GMOs

For shoppers it can be challenging to keep up with the foods that are at-risk of being genetically modified, and even if you are up-to-date that list is constantly changing. According to The Non GMO Project the ingredients with a high probability of being GMO are:

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

If you see these ingredients they could contain GMOs:

Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

Stick with Fruits and Veggies

Most fruits and veggies found at the supermarket, especially organic, are non-GMO. Steer clear of those listed above and you’ll be eating food packed with nutrition without the genetic engineering.

Buy in Bulk

Head to the bulk section at the supermarket and load up on dry beans and fruit, nuts, cereals and seeds. Buy organic bulk food when you can. If you avoid anything in the bulk section with corn and soy and there’s a good chance you’ll be eating GMO-free.

How do you avoid buying GMOs at the supermarket?

 


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November 11th, 2014

Salon Workers are Exposed to Nasty Toxic Chemicals

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Salons can be a pretty hazardous place to work given that many harmful chemicals can be found in salon products. I’m always reminded of this every time I walk into a salon for a haircut. The overwhelming smell from the products literally stops me in my tracks. Imagine the predominantly female workforce in hair and nail salons who are exposed to these chemicals for many hours at a time on a daily basis.

Women’s Voices of the Earth has once again done some amazing work. They’ve just released a new report showing how these nasty chemicals in salon products harm the health of women working in salons.

This new report, Beauty and its Beast: Unmasking the impact of toxic chemicals on salon workers,  is the the first ever to document how toxic chemicals lurking in hair sprays, permanent waves, acrylic nail application and other salon products are harming the health of women who work in salons.

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The report finds that salon workers are at an increased risk of cancer, miscarriages, neurological disorders, immune disorders, asthma, dermatitis and more.

The creation of safer products, better laws, and the use of best practices in salons can significantly reduce the health problems experienced by women working in salons.

Congress can pass the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act to ensure salon products are fully labeled and safe for salon worker health.

What the Report Shows

  • Harmful and irritating chemicals such as acetone, toluene, ammonia, and methyl methacrylate are commonly found in salon air.
  • Cancer-causing formaldehyde can be released from hair straighteners and flat iron sprays when used with high heat.
  • Hairdressers and cosmetologists may be more likely to give birth to low birth weight babies, especially when their work involves using hairspray and permanent waves.
  • Studies have found increased risks of several types of cancer in hairdressers.
  • Nail salon workers have greater risk of immune disorders such as lupus and primary biliary cirrhosis.

Salon Workers Head to D.C. with Report in Hand

With the report as ammunition, Women’s Voices for the Earth is bringing salon workers to Washington DC this week to lobby Congress to pass the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. They’ll be telling their stories to lawmakers, federal agencies like the FDA, and the media about how their health has been harmed by toxic chemicals.

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. But as long as companies continue to use harmful chemicals like cancer-causing formaldehyde (found in hair straighteners), styrene (found in hair extension and wig glue), and p-phenylenediamine (found in hair dyes) salon worker’s health will continue to be threatened.

What’s the Solution for Salon Workers?

Women working in salons shouldn’t have choose between their health and their livelihoods. We can support these courageous women by asking our own Congressional representatives to pass the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act HERE.

While we’re waiting for our government to act, salon workers and owners can take the following immediate actions:

  • Wear gloves
  • Use less toxic products
  • Improve salon ventilation systems
  • Don’t offer toxic salon services such as a Brazilian Blowout

Take a look at my picks for safe shampoos, nail polish and body lotion.

Salon workers deserve better. Don’t you agree?

 


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November 10th, 2014

Why You Should Never Put Plastic in the Dishwasher

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Have you ever accidentally opened your dishwasher in the middle of a cycle? It’s like an instant facial. The steam and heat emitted are enough to make you jump back and close the door quickly.

The water is hot so your dishes are cleaned with minimal elbow grease. Did you know the water must be at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit and not more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit for the best cleaning and to prevent damage to the dishes? That’s hot water!

What do you put in your dishwasher?

We have a relatively new dishwasher and for some reason it seems smaller than our older version. I still do my best to jam as many dishes into the dishwasher as I possibly can for a single load. Everything from plates to glasses to flatware goes right in without much of a rinse.

Over the years I’ve really weaned myself off of plastic in the kitchen. I’ve tried hard to reduce the amount of plastic touching our food in any way. For the few plastic items still remaining, they get washed by hand.

My rule: never put anything plastic in the dishwasher. And here’s why….

Heat and plastic are a bad mix

Repeated wear and tear on plastic, including running plastic through the dishwasher, could cause BPA, Phthalates and other chemicals to leach out of the plastic when heated.

Hormone-disrupting chemicals leach from almost all plastics, even BPA-free plastics. Heating the plastic (stressing it) may cause more leaching of the chemicals. 

Phthalates

Phthalates are chemicals used as softeners or plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride (PVC, vinyl) products and can be found in hundreds of products: pre-2009 toys, wallpaper, cling wrap, shower curtains, plastic PVC containers, nail polish, perfume, blood bags, cosmetics, personal care products, shampoos, carpeting, wood finishes and insecticides (the list could go on and on).

Phthalates have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts and some preliminary studies show that they may be causing a slow and steady demasculinizing of men. Other studies have linked phthalates to liver cancer and breast cancer.

Unfortunately manufacturers aren’t required to list phthalates on products. Look out for “PVC,” “V” or the”3″ recycling code on the bottom of anything plastic.

BPA

As many of us know by now BPA is bad news. It’s a hormone-disrupting chemical that’s been linked in lab studies to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

And if that wasn’t enough there’s more:  “BPA-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe“. As new alternatives to BPA are popping up all over the place we have little information about their impact on our health.

The Bottom line

Hormone-disrupting chemicals leach from almost all plastics, even BPA-free plastics.

Plastics are more likely to leach toxic chemicals when they’re heated or exposed to light.

I think I would rather hand wash plastics than risk those nasty chemicals leaching into my food.  How about you?

Are you ready to hand wash those plastic dishes?

 


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November 5th, 2014

Softcup Menstrual Cup Review

 

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Softcup. I did receive compensation. All opinions are my own.

Softcup has come in and out  of my life over the past few years and I have to admit that I’m glad it’s back again.

Softcup is a menstrual cup. Never heard of a menstrual cup? Softcup is a flexible cup, worn internally around your cervix (do you know where your cervix is?), that collects rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It replaces the need for tampons and pads if used properly.

I can feel all the cringing as you’re reading this. Stick with me-this is important on so many levels.

There are actually two Softcup options:

  1. Disposable which can be worn for up to 12 hours and is then discarded, and
  2. Reusable which can be worn for up to 12 hours and reused throughout one menstrual cycle.

I’m a fan of the reusable option.

Personal Benefits of SoftCup

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I’ve put Softcup to the test during a workout and while downhill skiing. It can be worn during any activity including sports, swimming and while sleeping.

I started using a reusable Softcup a few years ago and the journey has been interesting. There were times when I went back to my organic tampons for no reason other than they were close by. But I keep returning to my reusable Softcup. It took a few cycles to get it right, but it’s so worth it. This month I’m feeling completely comfortable and can finally say that I have successfully greened my period.

Once Softcup is inserted properly you really can’t feel it. This isn’t the case with tampons-we always know when they’re around. Also, Softcup isn’t linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and does not cause dryness or irritation.

Softcup doesn’t contain latex, silicone, phthalates, BPA, PVC or dioxins.

Environmental Benefits of Softcup

Fifty to 70 percent of American women use tampons. A typical woman can use anywhere between 8,000 to 17,000 tampons in her lifetime. The number varies quite a bit since every woman is unique and her cycle is different. The average woman throws away up to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene related products in a lifetime. That’s a tremendous amount of waste. Then there’s the plastic wrapper around the tampon box or pads and the paper or plastic packaging around every box and individual tampon or pad. I haven’t even mentioned the cardboard or plastic applicator. So much waste.

The process to make each and every tampon and pad also involves a lot of waste. The cotton alone is resource intensive as the farming of cotton requires large amounts of water, pesticides and fertilizer.

A final added Softcup bonus: For every box of Softcup you buy, Softcup will donate a reusable cup to a woman or girl in Africa. You can find out more about Project Dignity HERE.

Phew. You made it! Are you hooked or at least open to giving Softcup a try (or passing the info on to any women in your life)?

 


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 Disclosure: I received product and compensation from SoftCup for this post, but the opinions are my own. 

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About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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