What I Do
Studies show that one of the most effective ways to effect change is to be a real-life example to friends and neighbors who know and trust you—teaching by example. Let’s beautify the earth and the environment together, by using more natural products, using our wallet as a mouth, and stepping gently on Mother Earth.
CONNECT: As co-producer of the award-winning documentary film UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS, I’ve joined a global community concerned about the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. I connect businesses, nonprofit organizations, activists and consumers; I introduce like-minded souls to each other so they can combine their talents and expertise, harmonizing their strengths for the greater good. It’s very much like playing the old “Concentration” game – as I listen to people, I’m flipping cards over in my mind, figuring out who they need to meet in order to amplify their efforts ;>)
COACH: As an organic lifestyle advocate, I help others reduce their chemical body burden through education, including consumer product purchasing advice and lifestyle choices. Let me take you on a virtual walk through your home or office to discover how you can start taking small steps towards sustainability. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact me.
CREATE: I became involved with the nonprofit organization Made Safe as a direct result of what I learned while producing Unacceptable Levels. We’ve launched America’s first independent, 3rd party, lab-tested nontoxic certification program for non-food products. We’re a mission-based organization that provides a “nontoxic seal” for verified products so that consumers know before purchasing whether or not a product is truly safe for their families.
My activism is supported by my home business, so if you like what I’m doing, please shop with me!
More About Me
I guess you could call me a serial micro-entrepreneur. For the past 14 years, I have been involved in the personal care products industry as a business, and in sustainable gardening as a hobby. My growing awareness of the overuse of toxic synthetic chemicals inside and outside the home prompted me to reevaluate both my activities and my consumer choices. And then I discovered Ed Brown and his film Unacceptable Levels, and I fell down the Rabbit’s Hole. Or maybe I should say, I DOVE down the Rabbit’s Hole. More of that story here.
Our world is finally waking up to the realization that we have a big problem, and it’s not going away on its own. I’m glad the “green” movement is in our faces every day now, but it’s so easy to become overwhelmed, desensitized, and complacent. Each of us must take action, and do what we can with our own bodies, in our own homes, in our own small ways. My goal is to be a positive force for a healthier world. Except for synthetic medications that my body needs to survive in this day and age, I avoid putting anything in or on my body or inside or outside of my home that will wash down the drains and pollute the environment. It’s the old adage, “If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
Why I’m doing what I’m doing.
When I was growing up, you heard the neighborhood children playing ball in the street after dinner. We knew everyone on the block, and we all looked out for each other. We didn’t worry about what the turkey on the table was injected with, or whether our apples had been sprayed with pesticide, or whether the drug our mother was taking would cause infertility in her children. I’ve been called a “nit-picker” by some… But I’m not seeking the negative; I’m seeking safe and simple.
I grew up on the outskirts of Berkeley in the 1950s and ’60s. I wrote and self-stapled my first book at the age of seven, started holding fundraisers several years later with my lemonade stand earnings, volunteered for various and sundry nonprofit organizations in the early ’70s, owned and managed a children’s recycled clothing store in Berkeley in the ’80s, formed a guidebook publishing company in the ’90s, and worked at Stanford University in various marketing, communications and administrative roles in the first decade of the 21st century.
My goal is to inspire others to walk gently upon our earth with respect for our planet and all living things upon it, and I am sharing my vision of sustainable living through everything that I do. I have never felt more integrated — with my work life, my home life, my activism, and my community. I discovered the rabbit’s hole and took a Leap of Faith into my own Wonderland, and it’s a Dream I don’t want to wake up from. But the amazing thing is, I’m awake ;>)
“I truly feel it’s because of big corporations like Monsanto and the marketing campaign “Better things through better living … through chemistry” in the ’50s that our world is in its current state, and cancer, asthma, and allergies are on the rise. It’s time for us all to pull our heads out from under the sand and take a stand. One small stand – or big stand – at a time.”
And I believe in picking nits – if you don’t start with your own head, those bloodsuckers will end up infesting everyone else you care about…