The information we have posted below represents the work of some tremendous people and organizations. We believe that all of the content is extremely useful, and of course, we welcome your sharing this page with everyone you know! We’d also appreciate your feedback: Please email us with suggestions for books, websites or blogs that you think could really help people live better lives as well.
Some of the authors listed below even make special appearances in our film!
- Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Stacy Malkan, 2007)
- Drop Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics (Kim Erickson, 2002)
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck (Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie, 2009)The Body Toxic (Nena Baker, 2009)
- The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Robert Sears MD, 2011)
- Toxic Sludge is Good For You (John Clyde Stauber/Sheldon Rampton, 1995)
- Chasing Molecules (Elizabeth Grossman, 2009)
- A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence
(Kristin Schafer & Emily Marquez, 2012)
- Eating Animals (Jonathan Safran Foer, 2009)
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (Michael Pollan, 2009)
- Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea (Alice Waters, 2008)
- The Green Gardeners Guide (Joe Lamp’l, 2008)
- The War on Bugs (Will Allen, 2008)
- Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser, 2002)
- Feeding Baby Green (Dr. Alan Greene, 2009)
- Planet Home; Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most (Jeffrey Hollender, 2010)
- Healthy Child Healthy World (Christopher Gavigan 2009)
- Green Babies, Sage Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby (Lynda Fassa, 2008)
- Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman (Yvon Chouinard, 2006)
- Ecoholic (when you’re addicted to the planet) (Adria Vasil, 2009)
- Super Natural Home (Beth Greer, 2009)
- Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure (Jennifer Taggart, 2009)
- My Plastic-free Life (Beth Terry, 2012)
- The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (Cecile Andrews, 1997)
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Barbara Kingsolver, 2007)
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (William McDonough and Michael Braungart, 2002)
- Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism (Ralph Nader, 2011)
Videos Worth Watching
The Story of Cosmetics is a fascinating video that examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The eight-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.
Want more? The Story of Stuff Project is an amazing series of short films about all the “stuff” in our materials economy, created by Annie Leonard, to view online or download. “Our movies have been shown in schools, theaters, living rooms, backyards, film festivals, brown bag lunches, churches and community spaces all across the world; in every country and territory recognized by Google Analytics, in fact!”
A Wake-Up Story is a must-see video for every parent and anyone that cares about the health and development of children, by Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit organization inspiring parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals.
Websites to Bookmark
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: A national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental organizations, whose goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health concerns, and replace them with safer alternatives.
Wellness Warrior: A non-profit advocacy organization founded to educate, advocate and organize the American people. “Today true, good health is nearly impossible because the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat are no longer safe. To prevent further degradation of our health and the health of our nation we must act now and we must act together.”
The Center for Environmental Health: The CEH advocates for public health, working at the intersection of health and environmental protection to reduce pollution and promote alternatives to toxic chemicals. Their mission is to protect consumers and promote business products and practices that are safe for public health and the environment.
Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: A safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the EWG. This searchable ingredient database is the largest integrated data resource of its kind. Why did a small nonprofit take on such a big project? Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.
Seasonal Food Guides: “By purchasing local foods in-season, you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, your food dollar goes directly to the farmer, and your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Buying seasonal produce also provides an exciting opportunity to try new foods and to experiment with seasonal recipes. And it simply tastes better!”
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides: Another jewel from the EWG, download this guide so when you’re shopping you’ll know which produce to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are okay if organic isn’t available.
What’s on my food?: This online tool, courtesy of Pesticide Action Network North America, features an easily searchable database & downloadable iPhone app showing what pesticide residues are found on what foods – and what health effects have been linked to them.
Help Others with a Smile Card: Kindness is contagious! Anonymously make someone smile with a random act of kindness—leave behind a “Smile Card” asking them to keep the ripple going. It’s easy and fun.
Environmental Health News: Sign up for their free e-newsletter, Above the Fold. Environmental Health Sciences is a foundation-funded journalism organization founded in 2002, and is published daily.
Our Favorite Blogs
Choose Wiser: “Together, we can choose wiser about the products we smother on our skin, foods we devour, and surroundings in which we immerse ourselves. Together, we can make a difference.” Kristi Marsh’s philosophy is about little changes (not guilt). Pick one or two places to start selecting simpler products and find healthier, kinder options.
Dragonfly Beauty: Wife, mom, and concerned citizen Tiffany Newman will help you “navigate the natural beauty jungle.” The site includes recipes, greening your routine, product reviews, giveaways and advice.
The Glamorganic Goddess: A beauty blogger with a conscience, Danielle Messina is dedicated to sharing her safe and affordable beauty finds with the world after surviving breast cancer at the age of 31: “My life depends upon this, and yours might too…”
Green Living Now: Nationally recognized green living expert and consultant Amy Todisco guides you towards making meaningful changes in your lifestyle that improve your health, your family’s health, and the health of the planet.
The Healthy Beauty Project: Through the use of written blogs, photography and video, makeup artist Todra Payne hopes to not only educate you about the importance of using non-toxic cosmetics, but to entertain you as well, while championing the small brands that make them.
Mommy Greenest: “I might use biodegradable toilet cleaner, but I’m not about to deny my kids the occasional restaurant hamburger and fries—though I can’t help reminding them what factory farming is doing to the planet. I live by example, but I’m not a sustainabully.” Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is the voice of gently persuasive, living-by-example, never judgmental, eco-friendly parenting.
Moms Clean Air Force: This national movement of more than 80,000 moms — and dads too! — are protecting our children’s right to clean air. “Moms will do everything they can to keep their children safe and sound. We look for the healthiest foods we can afford; we avoid toxic chemicals in our products. But there are some things we simply can’t buy. Clean air is one…With our online action center, we make it easy and fast for busy parents to make their voices heard—while baby naps.”
TheSmartMama.com: Jennifer Taggart, mom and environmental attorney, writes about topics close to her heart – green parenting, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), focusing on simple, practical steps to reduce or eliminate toxic chemical exposures in the home.
Super Natural Mom: Beth Greer, an award-winning journalist, environmental health consultant, and Certified Build It Green® Healthy Home/Work Specialist, is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy home, work and school environments.
Walletmouth: “Your wallet is a mouth. When you spend money, you tell the world how you want it to be.” Wallet Mouth is an example of one woman doing her research and spending her money to reflect her and her family’s values. Her blog is categorized by products, issues like labor and environment, and includes her struggles as a mother to buy the best for her baby.