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Author Tamara Laschinsky

Tamara Laschinsky, author & researcher

Hi, my name is Tamara and thanks for stopping by the site! This blog lists all of my article publications to date and you can view the articles by topic or alphabetically.

A little about me: I am the business owner of Natural e GREEN: an online business selling natural and chemical free products. The business was established in May 2009 and has grown considerably since it began. Only recently did my business take a different turn: article research.

Part of running the business means checking out ingredients of the products I sell and understanding their health effects. We don’t allow any products in our store that are harmful to the environment or our health. In doing this research, I began writing about health issues such as Cancer and ADHD/ADD and the links between toxins and these illnesses

As one thing led to another, I am now a published author and write for a few sites on a regular basis. On some sites I am an Expert Author and I try to contribute articles when I can, but sometimes, there just isn’t enough time to do it all!

This site lists all the relevant articles I’ve written and will make it easy to find my articles rather than searching dozens of pages through google! I love feedback and customer input and if you have suggestions for articles feel free to let me know and I can do some research! The store was designed to be a customer-driven store: one that the customer has some input as to types of products that should be available. I extend the same concept to the articles I write, because I write them for you, our children and our future as much as I write them for myself!

I care about our environment, I care about Health & Wellness and I want to see a world one day free of horrible illnesses such as Cancer. We have a right to know what toxins we are exposing ourselves to and what health risks we are possibly exposing our children to.  Education is key to learning, key to change, key to hope. The more we learn, the more our children learn, the better our chances for making necessary changes for our health and that of the environment. The problems may seem big out there, but we can make a difference, one step @ a time! Our children need to be confident they have a voice and it does count. Standing up for what we believe, helping to get the truth and facts out there, is something we can all do and something I will continue to do: one article at a time!
Recently I published 3 books and will be working on the 4th when I find some time! You can see my author page at Amazon here…..    I welcome your feedback and you can contact me via email tamara@naturalegreen.ca) if you’d like! Thanks for stopping by!

 

8 responses to “About

  1. Marcelo De Antunano

    June 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Hi, i would like to know where can i buy the Hazelnut Amber neclace, i would apreciate information.

     
  2. meridith

    February 29, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Hi Tamara,
    I love what you have done with the store/articles and blog. I am a youngish 🙂 stay at home mom. I am a graphic designer but am looking to do something different for awhile. I would like to open an online store with products to help people deal with anxiety and stress naturally. Would you advise me to find and testing products as a first step? If you have any other advice or a particular direction that you might point me in that would be awesome.
    Sincerely,
    Meridith

     
    • tamaralaschinsky

      March 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Merideth,

      Thanks for the feedback and it’s great you are thinking about starting your own business.

      The first thing you need to establish is what kind of products you want to sell. Are they going to be all-natural or semi-natural etc. Once you put yourself in a niche you are stuck in it! Myself, I stay away from many ingredients which has been hard sometimes as there are other ingredients that aren’t really bad but because of my decision to stay away from them I’ve had to turn companies down for carrying their line.

      Finding suppliers can be tricking and if you can find a distributor that’s even better! I use AC Distributors on the West Coast of Canada. (Not sure if you are US or Canada). Distributors are great because you can get a variety of products in one location, saving shipping charges and AC Dist. offers free shipping on certain price points. Plus they give you a cataloge with their products and lots of info.

      Decide how much you want to carry in stock. I started with about 200 products and kept only 1 or 2 of each item. I liked to offer a variety of products but it meant I was ordering often because I sold out of certain things quickly!

      Look at the web service you want to host your store. There are many options out there. I started w/Go Daddy but found they couldn’t do all I needed them to do, the main issue was Paypal transactions could only go through in one currency (US) which did not work for my Canadian customers. I had to switch to Volusion, after I had 500 products and was working elsewhere F/T! It took awhile to get everything transferred over!

      Create your facebook page and start getting an audience. Do a monthly newsletter and don’t just talk about sales & promotions, give your readers information since many of them want it! Just because you know the product, doesn’t mean they do! Write some articles, share information and get your readers involved with surveys and asking questions on your FB page! I use Constant Contact for my email and survey processes. Very easy to use and gives people the option to opt out anytime while protecting their privacy!

      You will have to market to your target groups. I often join forums & blogs to gain some exposure. Parent groups are one of my main targets since they are most often the ones buying the baby and kids products. Don’t spam anyone though, like I said, keep your information informative and not spammy!

      Hope that helps, I wish you all the best in your business and feel free to connect with me on facebook facebook.com/NaturaleGreen

      PS – My store just opened up a few distributorship options last week, that may be another option for you. Distributorships and even working with companies to do dropshipping will allow you access to a large variety of products without having to stock them all.

      Cheers!

       
  3. mrsmerijill

    March 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this reply. I saved it and have been referring back to it. I will try to connect w/ you via facebook.
    thanks again!
    sincerely,
    Meridith

     
    • tamaralaschinsky

      March 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      You are very welcome and I wish you all the best. Sorry for the delay in reply, I don’t often check comments! See you on facebook! facebook.com/NaturaleGreen

       
    • tamaralaschinsky

      November 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      I appreciate your work and effort in this article and must point out that there are few other notes:

      1. I was terribly upset when Piggy Paint added MIT (Nelone 950) to their mix and DID NOT tell retailers. They also did NOT update their ingredient list on their website. I had to call them after reading it on their labels and only months later did the website get changed. I still get calls from retailers who had NO idea the formula had changed. If you are marketing something as ‘natural’ be sure to divulge ALL info! Funny how the chemical was added before Piggy Paint put their product on the shelves of Wal-Mart – was that a requirement of the big chain store I wonder?

      2. Yes, you are right, there is no such thing as ‘chemical-free’ and I am working on re-wording this. It’s a term that was widely used 3 years ago when I started the business. To even say non-toxic is silly because too much water can be toxic for our bodies, so it’s a ‘grey’ area but I think we all know what types of products I refer to. I can say ‘natural and organic’ products but with GMO issues today how can anyone be sure what that is! My goals is not to scare or mislead and I do research daily to be sure I know as much as I can before saying anything. Things are always changing and I’m learning more and more each day.

      3. The goal is to use products with as few ‘nasty’ ingredients as possible. Nothing is perfect but many are WAY better than others and it’s through education we can learn more and make changes and safer choices for our family.

      4. I don’t agree Nelone 950 and any other name you call it by is non-toxic and ok. Especially in kid’s nail polish that often goes into their mouths. The utmost safety must be met here and while Piggy Paint is safer than Revlon, Wet n Wild, L’Oreal etc, it is not the safest out there and their non-disclosure of the adding Nelone 950 in the first place was deceptive and put them in the ‘green-washing’ category in my book.

      5. There are many references to Methylisothiazolinone, and one can simply search the net for pros and cons. I can point out some links: http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/todays-chemical/2010/1/23/methylisothiazolinone.html

      http://www.cosmeticscop.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/948/methylisothiazolinone.aspx

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylisothiazolinone

      As you see, it’s recommended for ‘rinse off’ products, not leave on.

      There are always two sides of the debate and chemists have their opinion, I have mine. I won’t touch Nelone 950, Kathon etc. I don’t force this on people, I create a place where they can find what they are looking for, which is more than regular stores and organizations do. I at least look at the ingredients and share information because people are concerned and tired of hearing ‘Well, it’s safe in lower levels,” or “It’s lower concentration the the EU allows” or “There aren’t any documented studies showing it isn’t safe.” Not good enough – show me studies that show it IS safe, then we’re in business! Not the other way around! Cigarettes were deemed ok. Triclosan was deemed ok though now finally being reviewed for it’s many criticisms. BPA was figured to be safe too.

      I’ve been asked repeatedly to change my opinions on various subjects, by chemists who formulate well known products. I’ve been told parabens are safe because there isn’t ‘enough concrete evidence to support it is harmful’ and the fact is: I will not. I see how corrupt FDA is and inefficient and do I believe they work in our best interest? Heck no! Just look at the GMO issue right now! The government says they protect us yet they don’t review products before they hit the shelves and they put manufactures on the ‘honor system’. Look at Brazilian Blowout and it’s formaldehyde release. There are certain ingredients I will avoid and I will NOT bring into my store. Manufacturers can use other ingredients as preservatives so why don’t they?

      6. It’s spelled “Laschinsky” (my last name) not “Schinsky”.

      Thank you though for writing about this and linking to me so I could see your comment on my blog. I will copy this reply here in my blog for you as well to respond to your comment.

      Cheers,

      Tamara

       

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