Our MVO team is almost entirely moms so we put together a guide for things we would have loved when we were new to motherhood. A little luxury, a little practical and always focused on what’s safe for moms, our families and mother earth.
Perfect for Nursing Moms
New moms will love this organic cotton piece sourced from our Marin Neighbors, Embodies. Wear it as a dress or as a tunic and you are guaranteed to be complimented on your style. Buttons in front are perfect for nursing moms.
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A recent article appearing in Forbes magazine draws upon a peer-reviewed study just published in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study, funded by the Silent Spring Institute, reports that an alarming number of chemicals found in personal care products don’t make it onto their lists of ingredients. The investigation included a surprising category —sunscreens and “alternative” sunscreens. The study says:
"Fragranced products – including air fresheners, dryer sheets, and perfume – and sunscreens, had the largest number of target chemicals and some of the highest concentrations. In addition to the labeled ingredients, alternative sunscreens contained up to 7 target chemicals that were unlabeled, including estrogenic UV filters. The alternative sunscreen with the highest number of target chemicals was a product marketed for babies, children, and sensitive adults."
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In the last of our Green Holiday Gifts Guide
, we asked our CEO, Hillary Peterson and Founder, Marie Veronique what is on their own holiday wish list. No surprise to the team, Hillary chose eco-friendly gifts for the home and Marie highlighted green gifts for pet lovers and their furry family members.
For the Home
Recycled Nautical Sails
Reclaim, Reuse, Reycle: Reiter8. This pillow is made from upcycled sail boat sails! Add a little sail to your sofa! These accent pillows add an instant dash of nautical style to any setting; they are great for nursery, kids rooms, beach house, boat house or house boat!
Eco-Iron Green Cookware
Heirloom-quality enameled cast iron is an exceptional value any way you look at it: it’s chemical free and will not leach into food and it’s built to last. Stovetop to oven-safe, it is suitable for use with any heat source, requires no seasoning and is easy to clean.
MadMats for the Outdoors
Made of recycled polypropylene (plastic) these mats are perfect for porches, decks, and patio areas. Unlike most outdoor mats, attractively designed Mad Mats are made from high-grade recycled polypropylene from sources such as water bottles and plastic milk and soda bottles and and other kinds of packaging. Popular for their classic style and modern usage, they can be put anywhere around the house, inside or out.
Viva Terra Gifts Under $50
Viva Terra is a favorite place for green, eco-friendly loving home lovers. Everything they carry from furniture to home accessories to women's gifts is chosen for its style and environmental impact. You'll also find many unique gift ideas for every day of the year.
For Pet Lovers
Organic Catnip Cotton Sushi Toys
A roll, sashimi and wasabi! All seasoned with catnip. Om nom nom. Now your cat can haz sushi. This listing is for three individual sushi toys! Three > one. Made with certified 100% organic catnip.
National Wildlife Foundation: Adopt a Lemur
Ring-tailed lemurs are primates native to the African island country of Madagascar. The dry forest habitat that they depend on for survival is rapidly vanishing. Ring-tailed lemurs can easily be identified by their long, striped, black-and-white tail. Unlike some other primate cousins, ring-tailed lemurs use their tails for balance but can't grasp with them. Instead, they use their hands and feet to move through the trees. Adopt a lemur today.
Cycle Dogs Recycled Collars
Cycle Dogs are collars, leashes and other dog lover accessories made from recycled bicycle tubes. The goal at Cycle Dog is to create the world's best dog products with a focus on the environment and to raise awareness of the millions of bike tubes thrown into landfills every year. Cycle Dog products are proudly made and tested in Portland, Oregon.
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Marie Veronique Nadeau founded Marie Veronique Organics over 10 years ago and is a nationally recognized formulator and beauty expert. She collaborates with her daughter, Jay Nadeau, physicist and bio-medical engineer, to carefully choose each ingredient in her products to address the causes of aging at the source. Marie holds a BS in Math and Chemistry as well as an esthetics license from Paris Beauty College. She is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of one. When she is not developing cutting edge anti-aging products, she can be found reading at her local library or foraging for mushrooms with her granddaughter.
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