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Groovy Green Livin Biggest Green News and Best of 2012

Groovy Green Livin Biggest Green News and Best of 2012 [1]

What a green year it’s been! I kicked off last year with 3 words that helped define my goals and experiences [2] for the coming year: honesty, present and learn. Looking back at the year progress was made, but my three words will continue to play a role in the new year. I have plenty more to do and learn.

Highlights from my Groovy Green Livin Year

Tide Petition

It turned out that Tide Free & Gentle® isn’t so gentle. A report released by Women’s Voices for Earth [3], Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products? found high levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane in the detergent. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t appear on the product label or on the product website, so consumers have no way of knowing it’s even there.

I put together a petition [4] asking Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) to strip this harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®! Thanks to many of you the petition [5]has over 78,000 signatures.

Appearance on ABC World News talking about BPA

A seemingly normal day turned into a crazy day. I was quoted in a wonderful article by Jack Kaskey in Bloomberg News about bisphenol A (BPA) and how mothers are impacting change even when regulators fail to act. I was then asked to appear on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer [6] to talk about BPA. A camera crew showed up at my door [7] smack in the middle of a radio interview with Mrs. Greens World [8]. The ABC News clip [9] was incredibly fun and hopefully sent a strong message.

National Stroller Brigade in DC

I traveled to Washington DC [10] on a trip organized by Safe Chemicals Healthy Families. We gathered on Capitol Hill for a National Stroller Brigade [11]to let Congress know that we demand the passage of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Safe Chemicals Act. I also had a chance to catch up with some of my favorite green advocates, Shane from Environmental Booty, Diane from Big Green Purse, me, Micaela from Mindful Momma [12] and Anne from Flour Sack Mama [13].

Groovy Green Livin [14]

Go Green Get Fit Challenge

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably know that exercise is a big part of my life [15]. I mix it up with a little yoga [16], running, cycling and going to the gym [17].  I  ramped it up a few years ago and trained for my first sprint triathlon [18] in honor of a little boy in our town who lost his life to cancer. It’s been four years and the triathlon has become an annual event. [19] This year I joined forces with a group of 25+ remarkable green bloggers in the Eco Mom Alliance’s Go Green Get Fit Challenge presented by Healthy Home Magazine.  We completed a 12 week health and wellness series where we all shared our ups and downs throughout the challenge. I even ventured into the world of video with my 3 Tips to Keep Fit [20].

How young is too young for Facebook?

I was quoted in the Los Angeles Times [21], sharing my opinion about Facebook allowing children under the age of 13 years old [22] to use the social-networking site with parental supervision.

BlogHer in New York City with Stonyfield

This year I headed into one of my favorite places, New York City [23], to attend BlogHer.  BlogHer is the largest blogging conference [24] and this year was a big crowd with over 5,000  bloggers, speakers, brands and others. After a few days filled with  laughter, sweat (incredibly hot and humid), reconnecting with old friends [25] and making new BlogHer 2012 [23]  came to a close. The friendships formed at events like this are truly some of the greatest rewards of blogging.

Disney Petition and CBS  Boston

As many of you know,  television cameras came to my house yet [26]again [7]! This time they were from CBS Boston [27]. I was very happy to see how the piece turned out [28]. This time I was talking about another petition [28] I started asking Disney [29] to remove the toxic chemicals that were found in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies including Disney lunch boxes. Thanks to many of you this petition [29] has almost 60,000 signatures!

Phew! There you have my 2012 in a nutshell.

Now to you my loyal readers I can’t say thank you enough. You make writing, advocating  and continuing on worthwhile. Thank you.

Now let’s make 2013 even better!

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#1 Comment By Micaela @MindfulMomma On January 4, 2013 @ 11:02 am

That IS quite a year Lori! I’m so glad I was able to share some of it with you. Keep rockin the green space in 2013!!
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#2 Comment By Marsha On January 4, 2013 @ 11:27 am

Thank you for all of your hard work advocating and for providing us all of the information that you do.

#3 Comment By Good Girl Gone Green On January 4, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

WOW. That was one spectacular year! I am so happy that I was able to follow along your journey! You are so inspiring and a great friend! Thank you for everything!
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#4 Comment By francesca On January 5, 2013 @ 5:22 am

so proud and impressed. You go girl.. Awesome year.. Congrats on all of your accomplishments.
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#5 Comment By Kim On January 5, 2013 @ 8:38 am

Wow, impressive Lori. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the great work!

#6 Comment By Stephanie Howerton On January 5, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

Thank you so very much for all the hard work that you do to help our kids, the earth and really all of us to be healthier.

#7 Comment By Lori On January 6, 2013 @ 11:21 am

Hi Stephanie, Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I really appreciate all that you do.

#8 Comment By Lori On January 6, 2013 @ 11:22 am

Thanks so much Kim. It’s truly a collective effort. All of us are in this together.

#9 Comment By Lori On January 6, 2013 @ 11:22 am

Thanks Francesca. I appreciate all of your support. Thank you for all you do to make a difference!

#10 Comment By Lori On January 6, 2013 @ 11:23 am

Thank you for everything Stephanie. You are always so supportive and I truly appreciate it. Thanks for all you do. You’ve had quite a journey too!

#11 Comment By Lori On January 6, 2013 @ 11:23 am

You are so welcome Marsha. Thanks so much for being a part of my journey. Your support means a lot to me.

#12 Comment By Lori On January 6, 2013 @ 11:24 am

I’m so glad you were along for a big part of my ride this year Micaela! Thanks for all you do to make the world a greener space. Bring on 2013!

#13 Comment By Cathy On January 7, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

You are simply amazing, you know that right? I have no doubt your 2013 will totally rock and I hope it involves us getting to see each other for more than a few minutes on a dance floor. 😉
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#14 Comment By Isra On January 8, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

You deserve all the success Lori! You’ve had a fabulous year and I’m excited to follow your adventures this year!

#15 Comment By Lindsay On January 9, 2013 @ 8:38 am

I love the picture of you all at the Stroller Brigade, what a great time we had! You’ve really kicked butt this past year, it’s an honor to work with you 🙂

#16 Comment By Lori On January 10, 2013 @ 10:32 am

Thanks so much Lindsay. It’s truly an honor to work with you too.

#17 Comment By Lori On January 10, 2013 @ 10:34 am

Thanks Isra. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you this past year. More good stuff to come!