Guest Contributor, Rachel Fried, is a joint degree graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management. She is interning this summer on the Stonyfield Sustainability Innovation team and excited to contribute to this dialogue to show it’s possible for businesses to be both profitable and sensitive to global environmental concerns.
I recently began interning at Stonyfield and it’s refreshing to see a company whose mission and values are so ingrained in everyday activities around the office and plant. It’s clear from conversations in the lunch room and after work musings with my Stonyfield carpool buddies that employees care deeply about environmental sustainability, and about working at a company aligned with their personal beliefs about living a healthy, green, and purposeful life.
Last week, Jen, a scientist on our Research & Development team (and a green Mama extraordinaire), led a “Munch n’ Learn” presentation on DIY (Do It Yourself) home cleaning and personal care products. Being eco-friendly and finding ways to minimize her own environmental footprint have always been important to Jen, but when her son was born, she became particularly conscientious about protecting her family from toxic chemicals. This required getting a little experimental with simple, natural ingredients and having a sense of humor about creating the perfect safe and effective home-made products.
The accumulation of toxic chemicals we inhale, ingest and absorb through our skin every day is called “body burden” and over time, this can lead to some pretty serious medical conditions. But don’t get paralyzed by frustration, guilt, or powerlessness when you hear these alarming facts. Instead, check out these quick recipes to start reducing your family’s exposure, save some money, and have fun, too, in the process!
Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months. This sunscreen not completely waterproof, so be sure to reapply after sweating or swimming. Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide! This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF. Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen. Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.
*Washing soda can be purchased or homemade by heating Baking Soda in a 400˚ oven for at least 30 minutes.