In a new book, mom and ex-model Lynda Fassa—who started the organic clothing company Green Babies in ’94—offers advice on bringing up kids the Earth (and people) friendly way. Some tips:
1 BAN THE BUG SPRAY Studies show insecticides raise kids’ chances of childhood cancers. So don’t use them inside or out.
2 USE NATURAL CLEANERS You can get green cleaning stuff from Method, Seventh Generation and others. It’s not more expensive, and it does clean as well. Or try baking soda and vinegar—it cleans everything. And your kitchen only smells like a Niçoise salad until it dries!
3 REMEMBER THAT WHAT YOU PUT ON, YOU PUT IN Your skin absorbs what you put on it, so avoid synthetic fragrance in lotions and soaps. If you like lavender or lemon you’re in luck.
4 OPT FOR CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOOD WHENEVER POSSIBLE It’s really expensive, so if you can’t afford it all the time choose two or three foods your kid eats the most of and buy organic versions of those.