Paige Wolf writes about parenting, activism, and sustainability for dozens of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Grid, MindBodyGreen, Prevention, Philadelphia Magazine, and Organic Life
Here is what you need to know about starting a Buy Nothing Group in your community.
Complementary and alternative medical practices outside mainstream medicine have existed for centuries with fluctuating popularity. But the past 20 years have seen a resurgence of interest in these practices, particularly as “integrative medicine,” in which alternative practices may complement conventional methods.
I haven’t always been an activist.
When I was younger, I did the bare minimum. I voted in elections and wrote vaguely political columns for my college newspaper. But I never actually tried to do anything about injustice.
Things changed in my late 20s as I discovered more about the world around me. Learning about some of the injustice in our world opened my eyes to a Pandora’s box of troubling information, and I became determined to use my voice for as much good as reasonably possible.
Can sustainability be convenient?
By Paige Wolf
Over the past 75 years, Americans have relentlessly pursued liberation from household tasks. How we eat has been at the heart of this movement. Fast food, TV dinners and microwaves have all promised more free time—no more food shopping, cooking or, for the most part, cleaning.
Unfortunately, that promised free time has been filled up not only with more work, but also more visits to the doctor, pharmacy and hospital. The salt, sugar and soda that...
Having a rare chronic illness – in my case primary immune deficiency – is more than just physically exhausting. It is an emotional and mental drain, rife with conflicting advice, misinformation, frustration, and financial strain. If I adhered to the advice of every doctor and health professional I’ve seen in search of a remedy for my illness, all of the following must be true:
When your head starts hammering, it’s easy to reach for a pill bottle for relief. But conventional and prescription drug medications aren’t for everyone, and they don't need to be used for every headache. (Here are six more natural cures and home remedies.)
Welcome to Action Mom, a space where I will share my experiences advocating for change locally and globally. Certainly, wanting to make the world a better and safer place is by no means parent-exclusive. But the responsibility of protecting tiny little lives—in my case a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old—often spurs some dramatic action.
The Junior League of Wilmington Celebrates 100 Years: Now led by president Angela Gustavsen, the league continues its mission to improve the community through women-led action and advocacy.
Magnesium is known to relieve headaches, ease anxiety, and even curb sugar cravings, but studies show that 68% of us don’t get enough of it. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has even placed magnesium on its short list of nutrients of concern for inadequate intake levels.
Even the purest sugar is still sugar. Too much salt isn't great for you. And overloading on sweets is never a good idea. We get it. But kids are still kids and we can’t expect them to subsist on kale smoothies when all their friends are eating cake.
Fortunately it is easier than ever to find healthier, better-for-you swaps for childhood favorite...
My husband and I are both independent contractors, which means there are no benefits (apart from working from home a lot). We have two children and an annual income that hovers around $150,000, most of which goes toward health insurance, mortgage, utilities, preschool (our older child is blissfully in public school), and “surprise expenses” like a leaking roof or pop-up hospital stays. The entire remainder is spent on organic grapes.
So buying things like designer handbags and fancy toys simp...
In order to adopt an eco-friendly life, it's key to avoid unnecessary consumption. Whether it's by eschewing throwaways for reusables or downsizing to a capsule wardrobe, lessening our need for "stuff" is one of the best ways we can help the planet.
Living with less is an exercise in self-discipline, ingenuity, frugality, and general conscientiousness. And it doesn't need to be a huge lifestyle change — just a few simple steps and swaps can make a big difference!
1. Consuming less saves you m...
Everybody loves a goody bag, and I have been known to take an extra swag bag at a party myself. But no child (or parent) needs more bubble gum, ring pops, or squishy plastic trinkets loaded with yucky chemicals like phthalates.
If not for health or the planet, consider the sanity of the mom who doesn’t need 10 more little toys to trip over, sweep up, and later find in the dog’s bowel movements.
But if you want to offer guests a fun takeaway, there are plenty of simple, affordable ideas!
The following is an excerpt from Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt written by Paige Wolf.
Plastic is made to last forever. Yet more than a third of all plastic is used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, threatening wildlife, affecting human health, and polluting water systems—and that’s just its end-of-life effects. It's manufactured from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, the production of which creates air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that significantly contribute to climate change.