We’re huge fans of celebrity parents who use their star status to help make the world a better place — and national nonprofit organization Healthy Child, Healthy World has famous parents lining up to support their cause to create a safe, clean green home for families. Christopher Gavigan, CEO and Executive Director of Healthy Child, Healthy World (who is also Jessica Capshaw’s husband) wrote the book of the same title, and it is filled with advice from famous moms on how they make their homes safer, healthier environments for their children, thereby positively affecting the planet as a whole.
Click below to read some green tips and healthy changes you can make at home to improve your family’s health and contribute to saving the earth!
Here’s some savvy advice from the domestic sides of the stars including: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Jenna Elfman, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Williams, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Brooke Shields, as excerpted from the book.
“From the beginning, my kids have eaten organic. I make a lot of their foods myself… Food was the beginning of my awareness of the toxic substances we ingest. Now we’ve done other things to protect our family’s health, from installing a water filtration system to sleeping on organic mattresses and using nontoxic shampoos…”
“When it comes to living a healthier life. I really feel like you have to call your own shots. You have to begin by deciding to make positive changes. I started making certain things myself. I’ve made lotions, candles, homeopathic remedies, aromatherapy treatments… that then developed my interest in the types of ingredients used in products and their effects on us and the environment.”
“I got pregnant and had my son. I learned that instilling carpet, with its glues and padding and fire retardants, and all the things that get trapped in it like lead and pesticides and dirt, was not the healthiest option… so now I have no carpet. I have travertine stone floors, cork floors, bamboo floors.”
…the steps we take at home have larger ramifications, because the choices we make every day at the grocery store and the hardware store count. With each purchase, we make (and don’t make), we’re all voting for a more healthful (or safer) environment. It’s an extremely effective way we have of demanding safer, better products and practices.
“I’ve been a vegetarian and a devotee of holistic medicine for years. But nothing prepared me for the… harmful toxic chemicals that are in our cosmetics and shampoos… I was trying to get rid of everything in my house that had sodium lauryl sulfates, parabens, and other chemicals.”
“My gift to close friends when they have a baby is an organic or natural-fiber mattress. (If you already own a conventional mattress, there are things you can do to make it healthier, like getting organic wool and cotton pee-pee pads, instead of the plastic ones.) I encourage them to get a sustainable hardwood crib, too… we can create a wonderful safe haven for our babies, even literally within just a few square inches.”
[Kids] are awake to what’s around them, so they can actually do something about it. We teach our kids all these ideals: Let’s leave the Earth a better place than we found it; if you see something wrong, you can change it through action or education… Kids are so acutely aware and smart, they will be the ones to motivate us, their parents, to change.
“I realize that just because I can’t go [green] in every area, I still can make a sizable difference… I always try to be forward-moving, to focus on the change I am making. I’m thrilled that my children began with organic food and therefore won’t have to make that switch to it, as I did.”