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Jessica Alba on Practicing Eco-Friendly Habits With Her Daughters

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Honestly, she’s one of our favorite celebrity moms. From her chic sense of style, to her hands-on playdates at the park, to her eco-friendly business, we can’t get enough of Jessica Alba. After creating The Honest Company last year, the mom-of-two is now joining forces with zulily to share her safe and sustainable products with a new audience.

Jessica opens up to CelebrityBabyScoop about her daughters Honor, 4, and Haven, 1, who “like to play, explore, get messy, and are creative.” She goes on to talk about modeling eco-friendly habits for the girls, her book that will hit shelves in March, and her upcoming film that she can’t wait to take Honor and her friends to see.

CBS: We hear The Honest Company has joined forces with zulily. Tell us all about the new partnership.
JA: The Honest Company and zulily both believe in simplifying families’ busy lives by bringing them affordable, stylish, and trusted products every day. Our companies also support using business for social good and are committed to giving back to families in need. So, I knew working together would be a great extension of our Honest mission.

Because zulily is about helping moms discover new brands and products, we’re excited to reach this new audience, share our safe and effective eco-friendly products with them, and grow our communities together.

CBS: How are your daughters doing? What are they into these days? What do they do to make you laugh?
JA: Every day with my girls is a dream and just hanging out with them is the best thing ever. They’re happy and healthy 1- and 4-year-olds who like to play, explore, get messy, and are creative. And since they’re typical kiddos, they’re bound to make me laugh.

CBS: What are some of the ways you get your girls to be eco-friendly? What are some tips in teaching our kids to love our environment?
JA: First and foremost, we try to model and practice eco-friendly habits for the girls. Otherwise, we talk to them about being mindful and explain that things can be turned into something else one day. This can be as simple as teaching them about recyclables and showing how to sort bottles and cans from trash.

We also do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses—our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls about repurposing old items.

Involving children in gardening and cooking is another great way to inspire eco-friendly living. Caring for the plants in our herb wall garden helps Honor understand the steps to growing food (including patience!), how it ultimately lands on her plate, and about being a good steward of the planet.

Honor is also a great sous chef when we’re in the kitchen, so being a part of the dinner process encourages her to eat the foods she grows and develops her taste for fresh ingredients. Hopefully, this lays the foundation for children to prioritize their health and that of the planet.

CBS: What’s up next for you?
JA: I’m very excited to publish my first book The Honest Life this March! It’s a colorful how-to guidebook for people who want to make a healthy and non-toxic home without giving up the fun fashionable things. I hope people will be inspired to make the ideas their own and find what works for them.

Also, I’m looking forward to taking Honor and her friends to see my upcoming animated film Escape from Planet Earth because it’s really a sweet story. I had a lot of fun working on this film—it was great to play the nemesis since I don’t often get to play that role.

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Green Your School Lunch Routine!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Tgreen-schoolhis time of year, moms ask environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo how to “green up” their lunch routine. Here are Danny’s tips on packing a waste- and hassle-free, organic lunch for kids.

1. Pack Self Wrapped Fruits

Apples, bananas, and pears are good, fresh fruits to pack whole in kids’ lunches. They don’t need wrappers or extra containers to hold up well in a lunch box. If you do pack cut fruit, consider making a pouch using aluminum foil. The foil can be crumpled and tossed into the recycling bin.

2.  Low Impact Lunch Bags

Moms have a few options when it comes to how they pack lunch. They can invest in a cute reusable lunch bag. (Make sure it’s machine washable since food-borne germs can build up over time.) They can also save clean used Ziploc bags and recycle them at any grocery store that accepts plastic shopping bags.

3.  Going Green Can Save You Green

Danny’s favorite website is Recyclebank.com, a free online community where mom can learn lots of great ways to go green each day. As an added bonus, when families pledge to be more sustainable, the site rewards you with points which can be traded in for coupons.

Visit Danny’s eco-friendly blog, Daily Danny, for more tips on creatively living green.

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ThredUp.com Launches Holiday Toy Swap

Monday, December 6th, 2010

save-with-thredup-2Has your kid outgrown a board game? Or is there a stuffed animal collecting dust in the corner?  Instead of throwing them away or holding a garage sale, swap them this year or all year round on ThredUp.com.

ThredUp.com is an online exchange marketplace where parents can conveniently trade gently-used clothes with each other to save money on items their children no longer need or want.  This holiday season, ThredUp.com is encouraging parents to swap gently-used toys along with clothes–this way, parents can save time on shopping, reduce their shopping expenditures, and go green by cutting back on wasteful spending.

Members of the website browse for a box of toys and/or clothes they would like from another parent, then pay a flat fee of $5 plus shipping to receive that box.  ThredUp.com then provides a shipping label and schedules an home pick-up of the box to be sent.  Or the box can also be mailed at the local post office.  ThredUp.com wants to help budget-conscious parents save $500,000 this year through the toy and clothing swap.

Finally, you can get rid of that fire truck with the annoying siren and find a more unique (and, perhaps, quieter) gift to give your kids this year.

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Stella McCartney Kids Clothes Launches

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Stella McCartney Kids Military JacketWho says you can’t afford designer kids clothes? Dress your child in a colorful, detailed, and eco-friendly wardrobe from the Stella McCartney Kids collection.  A year after McCartney created a successful capsule collection for Gap Kids, she launched her own collection today to dress babies through 12-year-olds.  Like her own clothing designs for adults, the kids clothes are completely vegan and organic. 

Prices for babies’s clothes range from $20-$78 while prices for older kids’ clothes range from $30-$145.  Most of the clothes are also unisex, with older girls and boys sharing the same plaid shirts, sweaters, and jackets (including a fantastic military jacket, the most expensive piece at $145).  Not only will your child become a snappy dresser, but your purchase of a “Leo Sweatshirt” also ensures a donation to an environmental charity.

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Eco-Packaging: The Latest from YoBaby

Friday, October 15th, 2010

It’s almost five o’clock, but before we head out for a weekend of apple picking and haunted hayrides, we wanted to make sure we left you with a little food for thought to tide you over until Monday.

Earlier this week, Stonyfield Farm, the organic yogurt manufacturer that whips up YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids, became the most recent company to hop on the sustainable-packaging bandwagon when it debuted the first yogurt cup made from plant-based plastic.

“Moms trust us to do the right thing and that’s something we take very seriously,” explained Gary Hirshberg, the company’s president and CE-Yo.” We’ve worked hard to produce a plant-based cup that’s an easy way for moms to ‘pay it forward’ to their kids.”

The cups look and feel just like the old ones (unlike attempts from Sun Chips, whose noisy biodegradable bag has been pulled from shelves), cut carbon emissions by 48 percent, and – the best part – are available in multipacks without any price increase.

We want to know what you think about sustainable packaging: Do products like these inspire the way you shop, or are they just another gimmick? Let us know in the comments!

For more information about this project, check out Made from Plants, a short film about sustainability, here.

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