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Danika Carter

Danika Carter

Danika Carter is the mother of 5 year old Jade and step mother to 22 year old Richard.

She is the Eco-Beauty Editor for Greenwala.com and a freelance writer covering eco-beauty, sustainable and nontoxic living, ingredient detective, greenwashing, pinkwashing, natural and holistic health, real food and more! Her writing has been featured on DrGreene.com, ElephantJournal.com, and AllergyKids.org. She is the owner of YourOrganicLife.com an organic skincare & wellness business which provides education on the cosmetics and personal care industry, organic & nontoxic living, and implementing sustainability into your home and/or office. It features Miessence Certified Organic personal care, home cleaning and nutritional products.

Danika’s goal is to help families make informed decisions about the products they bring into their home. She is dedicated to educating families about toxic synthetic chemicals in personal care products, cleaning products, food and household items and has zero tolerance for companies that knowingly greenwash.

Prior to her life as mom and nontoxic warrior she studied International Relations at San Francisco State University and Drake University. Her first understanding of how purchases can affect the world around her came during her internship at TransFairUSA, the Fair Trade certifying organization. After leaving college she worked full-time by day and was an activist by night, where she chaired the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition in the San Francisco Bay Area and was an active member of the Bay Area Chapter of CODEPink Women for Peace. Due to her environmental activism and advocacy for sustainability and LEED Certification she was appointed to Vice-Chair a City Council committee in her hometown of Benicia, CA that was charged with reviewing a proposal for a new police station.

Before moving to Colorado she worked as the 1st statewide Campaign Coordinator for the Green Party of California. Danika has 15 years experience in environmental, fair trade, social justice and peace activism during which time she has attempted to live as sustainably as possible. Additionally she has more than 10 years experience producing progressive, corporate and ecological events, meetings and festivals including green events.

You can find Danika online at www.YourOrganicLife.com. On Twitter at www.twitter.com/YourOrganicLife and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YourOrganicLife.

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Blog Posts by Danika Carter

  • Men need to avoid toxic chemicals in their Personal Care to protect themselves and their children

    Men need to avoid toxic chemicals in their Personal Care to protect themselves and their children

    When we think about the negative heath effects of the chemicals in beauty products, we often think of their effects on women, especially those of childbearing age, and children.  However, men are at risk as well.  While men, on average, don’t use as many personal care products as women do, they are using an increasing […]

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  • Teaching your Children to Make Good Food Choices

    Teaching your Children to Make Good Food Choices

    Going grocery shopping with young children can be challenging.  The constant battle as they ask for every unhealthy item they see can be exhausting.  For those of us who are avid label-readers trying to buy the most ecologically responsible, healthiest products I think it can be even harder as so many of the products in […]

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  • The Importance of Reading Ingredients Labels on Children’s Medicines

    The Importance of Reading Ingredients Labels on Children’s Medicines

    I have been an avid label reader for many years.  It takes me forever to get through the grocery store because I read the label of everything I pick up, from food to personal care products.  One thing it didn’t occur to me to read the label of until last year was children’s pain relievers.  […]

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  • Teaching Children to Honor the Earth

    Teaching Children to Honor the Earth

    I’ve been an activist my whole adult life.  I’ve advocated on issues of peace, social justice, environment, toxic chemicals and more.  When I found out I was pregnant I saw it as raising the next generation of activists.  Not only was I going to keep advocating on behalf of these issues because it’s the right […]

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  • How My 4yo Showed Me What Real Equality Is

    How My 4yo Showed Me What Real Equality Is

    As a mother of a little girl I want to raise my daughter to be strong, independent, confident and comfortable with herself just the way she is.  Because she is a beautiful and amazing person just the way she is.  In the modern world, part of that means teaching her that there are all kinds […]

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  • When You Know Better You Do Better

    When You Know Better You Do Better

    I often think about what Dr. Greene says in his White Out campaign.  Educating and/or learning about toxic chemicals (or unhealthy food)  is not about placing guilt on parents, or on myself for the choices made.  It’s not about perfection or some litmus test for being a good parent or a green parent or anything […]

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