Greening Your Personal Care and Household Products

On March 2, 1991, Rochester was hit by one of the worst ice storms in its history. Twenty-four years later, hosting a program on the anniversary of that event may not have been wise, but 30 brave souls ventured out into another sleety, icy, snowy wintry mix on an early March evening.  The North Lodge at King’s Bend Park provided a warm atmosphere for our small but enthusiastic group to learn and share.

Our speaker Kate Winnebeck brought her personal enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to the program.  The audience was engaged and clearly committed to the ideals of cleaner and greener products. As Kate moved through her presentation highlighting only a few of the 85,000 chemicals we find in our everyday products, it was clear from the faces in the room that the statistics were making an impression on the participants.

If you missed our program, check out the NCJW, GRS website for several handouts on topics including green cleaning recipes, which chemicals to avoid in the products you buy, smartphone apps to use while shopping, and a list of other websites for much more information.

This topic can be overwhelming and, honestly, who wants to give up their favorite shampoo or body lotion? But as Kate pointed out, assessing risk and taking one small step with one product can make a difference.

The public affairs committee would like to plan future events around this topic and is asking for your input. Please paste the following link: into your browser to participate in a very brief survey.

Thank you to the committee of Jennifer Loviglio, Wendy Moss, Cathy Schneider, Judy Abelman, Gina Horowitz, Ruth Sklarsky and Ronny Frishman.  This wonderful team of dynamic women made the planning and success of the event both fun and successful.

Vancy Boyar and Arlene Schenker


Handouts from our program:

Five Things You Can Do Now

Ten Simple Ways to Clean Green

Green Cleaning Product Recipes

Potential Hidden Dangers of Personal Care Products

Tips from Skin Deep

Websites and Smart Phone Apps