Janet Dean, Publisher and Editor
I first started thinking more seriously about green issues and the environment when I got pregnant with my first child. It started with buying organic milk when I was pregnant so my baby wouldn’t be exposed to bovine growth hormones (rBGH) in utero. From there, I became much better informed and frankly, a little dejected about the state of our food, water, air and the overall health of the planet. So, for the past nine years I’ve been slowly greening my family’s life as much as possible and irritating Rush Limbaugh fans everywhere with all my liberal environut talk about saving the planet. Elsewhere… I am a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child Healthy World, a Sustainability and Environment panelist for MWW Pulse and if you’re in Canada, you can find my articles on green living in Birth of a Mother magazine.
Cristina Matthews, Co-Founder and Contributor
A few years ago I didn’t know what Bisphenol A was or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or that my lipstick could be toxic. Heck, I even assumed that all toys were safe. But it was learning that I was bathing my son with shampoo that could cause cancer that really shocked me and instigated my interest in “green living”. Today, you’ll find me reading environmental blogs and scouring the Internet to find safer products for my family. In the name of full disclosure, you should know that I sometimes take long showers, and I’ve been known to wrap sandwiches in plastic (don’t tell). I’m not perfect, but I’m becoming more conscious of how my choices have an impact and I’m trying to do my best. When I’m not online, I can be found working part-time as a writer and project manager in the public health field or, alternately, playing peek-a-boo with my two sons in California.
Katherine Mamatulip, Contributor
Katherine is a former journalist turned freelance writer, unpaid maid and crust-cutter-offer extraordinaire. Married for almost seven years with a cat, a dog and two kids underfoot (a fact that still astounds her every now and then), she’s a lover of cinnamon buns, music and the written word. Over the last few years, Katherine has become dedicated to living green(er) and supporting eco-friendly products and initiatives. When she’s not writing about all things green here, she can be found blogging her life on her personal blog, Where am I going…and why am I in this handbasket?, and writing about life as a Canadian Mom over at Canada Moms Blog.
Annie Malka, Contributor
Like many of us, when I was pregnant with my first child more than a baby stirred inside of me. Being responsible for a child caused me to pause and think about things I was using or eating. I searched the internet and read books ferociously. It started slowly and I resisted at firstâ€”I mean, how could the FDA and food manufacturers really be doing something to harm their own consumers? The more I learned, though, the more angry, and in turn, the more empowered I became to take control over our lives. Frustrated in my efforts to find safer alternatives and a good selection of organic food, I started an organic grocery delivery business to share the products and information I had found.Â We were forced to close late last year, but I learned a lot during those five years about what consumers requested and about how manufacturers marketed their products, which I share in my blog, Hip Organic Mama.
Leanne Daharja Veitch, Contributor
I’m a professional writer turned stay-at-home mum of two (one with autism), living on a tiny organic farm in Wingatui, New Zealand. It scares me the way we are trashing our beautiful world, leaving devastation for our children. We’re seeing a slew of toxic products being released to market and into the environment with few or no safety checks being done. What are these supposedly “safe” drugs, plastics, foods, artificial colors and sweeteners, cleaners, cleansers and insecticides really doing to our children and ourselves? When not at The Green Mom Review, you can find me discussing safety, activism and know-how, as well as our experiences on the farm at my blog Hazeltree Farm.