We may aspire to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, dress our babes in responsibly-sourced organic cotton, and skip that Florida vacay in favor of, say, a local production of King Lear.  But when it’s the dead of winter and your toddler is threatening to peel the paint from the walls if he doesn’t get a bowl of summery strawberries yesterday…you do what you gotta do (thanks for the free coffee, Trader Joe’s).  Here, we profile several D.C.-area business owners who also happen to be parents—so you can reduce your carbon footprint in solidarity with entrepreneurs who, bless their hearts, haven’t slept through the night since 2010.

Shanika McCloud – Greenplicity

Shanika McCloud created Greenplicity to help protect her kid’s skin and tummies from the harsh chemicals and ingredients often found in baby shampoo and lotions. Being a big proponent of green living she wanted to make sure what she put on her baby’s skin was just as good as the food that went in her tummy. Greenplicity’s line of body butters and lotion bars are made with food-grade ingredients that moisturize and protect skin and are completely harmless if baby takes a nibble.

What’s your favorite local family activity?
Monkey Joes in Sterling! So much fun!

Online: greenplicity.com

Who did we miss? In the comments section below, tell us about your favorite local mompreneur.

—Katie Brown and Hilary Riedemann