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Phyllis Theermann

Looking for a local landscapers or yard management company that wont use pesticides on your lawn? Look no further.

And Don’t Forget To Take The Pledge To Be Pesticide free!   http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/pledge-to-be-pesticide-free/.

Arborcare Ropes ‘n Saddles
P.O. Box 515 South Easton, MA 02375
(508) 584-2516
cbrodeur1@comcast.net
https://www.arborcareropes.com

Estate Gardners
Wellesley, Massachusetts
(781) 235-4130
https://www.facebook.com/EstateGardeners/
egardeners@aol.com

Hartney Graymount
Adam Cervin
433 Chestnut St, Needham, MA 02492
(866) 932-2057
http://www.hartney.com
**have to ask for organic specifically

Inspirational Gardens
John Rice
(978) 274-5633
johnrice@inspirationalgardens.biz
http://www.inspirationalgardens.biz

Organic Soil Solutions
Mike Murray
38 Fuller Rd. Needham, MA 02492
(781) 937-9992
mikem@organicsoilsolutions.com & james@organicsoilsolutions.com
https://organicsoilsolutions.com

Pure Solutions
Shawn Spear
582 Boston Post Rd. Weston, MA 02493
(781) 899-7873
info@puresolutions.com
https://www.puresolutions.com

Simply Safer Premium Lawn Care Inc.
P.O. Box 1018. Wrentham, MA 02093
(508) 384-4444 {Toll Free: 1-866-GO-SAFER (467-2337)}
http://www.saferlawns.com
**have to ask for organic specifically

Sweetgum Horticulture
Catherine Volic
Natick, MA
(781) 591-2370
catherine@sweetgumhorticulture.com
http://www.sweetgumhorticulture.com/contact.html

Quentin

Here is a list of landscapers and yard management companies in our area. We would love for you to check them out, and tell us what you think in the comments below. We haven’t used all of these so please do some research. What we DO know is that if you are looking to build your yard rather than poison and drug it to death, this is the place to start!

Also there are lots of companies that do not go through the certification process but also use organic integrated pest management. If you find one let us know. Do beware of firms that say “we do it all – organic inorganic and we will do organic if you like” they tend to revert to their inorganic ways quite quickly because they don’t know what they are doing. After a few months they will find a problem they don’t know how to fix and tell you that inorganic is the only option. Then you’re back in the kill-and-drug cycle again, which makes them large profits.

So – check these out and let us know what you find!

And Don’t Forget To Take The Pledge To Be Pesticide free!   http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/pledge-to-be-pesticide-free/

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Arborcare Ropes ‘n Saddles
P.O. Box 515 South Easton, MA 02375
(508) 584-2516
cbrodeur1@comcast.net
https://www.arborcareropes.com

Estate Gardners
Wellesley, Massachusetts
(781) 235-4130
https://www.facebook.com/EstateGardeners/
egardeners@aol.com

Hartney Graymount
Adam Cervin
433 Chestnut St, Needham, MA 02492
(866) 932-2057
http://www.hartney.com
**have to ask for organic specifically

Inspirational Gardens
John Rice
(978) 274-5633
johnrice@inspirationalgardens.biz
http://www.inspirationalgardens.biz

Organic Soil Solutions
Mike Murray
38 Fuller Rd. Needham, MA 02492
(781) 937-9992
mikem@organicsoilsolutions.com & james@organicsoilsolutions.com
https://organicsoilsolutions.com

Pure Solutions
Shawn Spear
582 Boston Post Rd. Weston, MA 02493
(781) 899-7873
info@puresolutions.com
https://www.puresolutions.com

Simply Safer Premium Lawn Care Inc.
P.O. Box 1018. Wrentham, MA 02093
(508) 384-4444 {Toll Free: 1-866-GO-SAFER (467-2337)}
http://www.saferlawns.com
**have to ask for organic specifically

Sweetgum Horticulture
Catherine Volic
Natick, MA
(781) 591-2370
catherine@sweetgumhorticulture.com
http://www.sweetgumhorticulture.com/contact.html

Kelly Caiazzo

Thank you to all who attended the Sustainable Wellesley and Wellesley Natural Resources Commission documentary screening of Stink!.

We packed the Wakelin Room with approximately 70 attendees in honor of Rachel Carson Day on May 27th. That’s a lot more people who are now aware of the fragrance loophole and lack of regulation of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals in our everyday products! 

Vote your values! As helpful as it is to know how to buy safer products personally, sweeping change happens when busy consumers don’t need to do their homework because of protective legislation. If the film resonated with you, consider making chemical regulations and transparency part of your voting agenda.

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Below are some resources to help simplify the process of making safer consumer choices. Because kids should be worried about what’s on their pancakes, not what’s in their pajamas!

Resources: 

Apps for the phone: 

Silent Springs Institute App, Detox Me: https://silentspring.org/detoxme/

Environmental Working Group App, Healthy Living: https://www.ewg.org/apps/

Textiles: 

  • Oeko-Tex certification: https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/consumer/consumers_home/consumers_home.xhtml

  • Avoid flame retardants, look for pajamas that say “wear snug fitting, doesn’t contain flame retardant”

  • Tip: Google “oeko-tex certified _____” to find products, you’ll often discover brands and companies that way for everything from sheets to shirts

Cosmetics: 

Household cleaners: 

Someone asked specifically about dishwasher pacs – I use this powder in my dishwasher, but there are dishwasher pods & pouches listed in the EWG guide as well. 

Sunscreen:

  • Look for sunscreens labeled “reef safe” and avoid oxybenzone and octinoxate in particular

  • EWG Sunscreen Guide:  https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

Lawn Care:

Video about Healthy Yards in Wellesley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xztcmcjH_f0&feature=youtu.be

Organic Landscapers that Service Wellesley: http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/organic-landscapers-servicing-wellesley/

Letter from the Wellesley Board of Health and NRC about toxic lawn chemicals: https://wellesleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14672/Joint-Letter-from-the-Board-of-Health-and-NRC-about-Pesticides-in-Wellesley-2019pdf

Reading Labels: 

EWG guide to label decoding: https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/content/decoding_labels

Stink! documentary resources page: https://stinkmovie.com/take-action/

Silent Spring Institutehttps://silentspring.org/

Sustainable Wellesley: www.sustainablewellesley.com

Wellesley Natural Resources Commission: https://wellesleyma.gov/418/Natural-Resources-Commission-NRC

Audience suggestions:

  • Consider googling soap nuts (soap berries) for laundry – some attendees have had great success, one person recommended ones originating from Nepal

  • When speaking to people to encourage environmental change, using language like “Would you consider…” is less likely to put them on the defensive. A great tip for initiating respectful conversations!

Additional questions: Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you’re having difficulty finding a product replacement or have questions. I’m not an expert, but I am an enthusiast who has found a lot of resources who are experts. I am happy to point you in the right direction or dive into the problem solving with you to find a solution that works. kelly.caiazzo@gmail.com

There’s also a local Facebook group where people swap resources and problem solve together to find more environmental solutions for living: Sustainable Living Wellesley Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/372633353537543/

Thank you so much to everyone who attended!

Jon Whelan, the film’s narrator and director, responded personally to our request for a non-profit screening license to show the film. I was able to send him the photo below from the event thanking him for the license and let him know how many attendees we had. Given how personal the film was for him after losing his wife to cancer, it was meaningful to me to share with him how many of you showed up to hear his message.

Thank you.

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Special Thanks to Raina McManus of the NRC for presenting, Dr. Michael McManus (Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry) for fielding the Q&A, and Sustainable Wellesley volunteers Ellie Perkins and Janie Penn.

 

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Preview YouTube video Healthy Yards in Wellesley

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