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Green Goddesses: 5 Amazing Women

  • April 15, 2011
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Green Goddesses: 5 Amazing Women

By Loren Chidoni, Women’s Health

In honor of Earth Day, we’re deifying these five women for their devotion to protecting our future. Here, they give us an eye-opening look at what it takes to live a more eco-aware existence. You may be surprised at how easy–and rewarding–healing the planet can be.

Renee Loux, 35
Job: Women’s Health’s eco-expert and cofounder of Andalou Naturals

Make a beautiful difference.

“Andalou Naturals [andalou .com]–a line of beauty products that ranges from face washes and body butters to shampoos and conditioners–is as fair trade and mindfully sourced as possible. All of our formulas contain a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. We use premium plant oils as natural emollients, and natural preservatives in place of potentially harmful parabens. My background as an organic chef has had a tremendous influence on our products–I dream about pairing the ultimate ingredients for the most delicious and nourishing results. I think of skin care as topical nutrition.”

How green are you? Could you further reduce your footprint?

Clean kindly.
“The products we use to disinfect our rooms affect our home environment and the world beyond the drain. Use plant-based products that are biodegradable–they’ll break down into elements found in nature and won’t pollute the waterways. A start: Check product labels and look for a list of ingredients that you can actually understand!”

Hit the dirt.
“Food waste and yard waste are the second largest waste streams contributing to our packed landfills. I’m obsessed with my NatureMill composter []–an automatic unit that mixes, heats, and aerates food waste to make usable compost in just two weeks. It’s an odorless solution to composting.”

Spend wisely.
“Where I spend my money is the biggest eco-statement I make on a daily basis, whether I’m buying organic groceries or paying my electric bill. I love the eco-home website Branch Home [], and for clothing I like Beklina [].”

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1:44AM PDT on May 25, 2011

well :-)

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4:34PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Wow, bravo! they inspire women like me

6:06AM PDT on May 18, 2011

Each and every step towards a greener future is a tribute to how far we've come even in my lifetime. When I was 12 we had a new choice of subjects - Latin or environmental studies. I had no idea what environmental studies was until that point and I don't think many of my classmates did either. Look how much is known now and how informed are the readers of this website. It makes me optimistic!

2:44AM PDT on May 17, 2011

These women are an inspiration to us all i only hope mopre people will help the enviroment like them - thanks for another great article

5:33AM PDT on May 16, 2011

Women Are Amazing!!

12:10AM PDT on May 16, 2011

Thank you very much.

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