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Recent Blog Posts

Greener Sex: Birth control, sex toys, & lubricants made better for you & the environment - Feb 14, 2014
Tips and resources for healthier and more environmentally responsible birth control, sex toys, and lubricants There are number of things that can be done to...
No more travel faux pas: How to travel well with a family - Feb 10, 2014
Traveling abroad with a family: keeping safe, having fun, and doing it "green" I have found that traveling and living in the developing world has been one of...
Should I take my baby traveling? How to stay healthy and safe while traveling with children, even in poor countries - Feb 10, 2014
Dear Green Mama My partner is travelling to Guatemala for 2 weeks and we are now wondering whether myself and our 8 month old baby could join him on this trip...
Greening Guatemala: Saving Guatemala's Children One Family at a Time - Jan 31, 2014
What happens when two ordinary Canadians decide to make an extraodindary difference? Project Somos Children’s Village: A home. A family. A future. For the last...

About the Green Mama

The Green Mama grows greener families and businesses through research-based support for those trying to create healthier, sustainable lives. The Green Mama was founded in 2007 by Manda Aufochs Gillespie. Manda has worked in the sustainability field for more than 15 years as a community planner, project manager, and writer. Her project expertise ranges from helping establish Chicago’s first major green daycare, to managing one of the country's first urban ecovillage projects in Cleveland, and working with hundreds of families—bringing her passion for research and sustainability along with her sensitivity to addressing individual needs. She is committed to bringing guidance to all those who want it: including low-income families, non-profits serving the needy, and communities in developing countries. 

She shares the products of her research and work through the popular Green Mama blog; classes; corporate, daycare/school, and home consulting; through guest appearances in the national press and in her regular columns for EcoParent Magazine and the Vancouver Observer. Her extensive green experience and upbeat approach has led her to be described in the media as  “the green guru” and “serious, but not absolute.” Her work has been showcased on the television shows Save My Planet (on ABC’s Living Well network) and The Lazy Environmentalist (on HBO). Her first book the Green Mama is being published by Dundurn this June. It is the first green parenting book to include information specific to both the U.S. and Canada (guess what: it's not just the 51st state) and real-world advice for low-income families wanting to go green.