Jessica Alba's Call to Action
- Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Actress Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4; Little Fockers; Sin City; Dark Angel) has consistently made waves as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful people. She has been named to numerous “hot” lists over the past several years – from People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list and E! Television's 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies. But the 30-year-old mother of two daughters is making a name for herself beyond acting and her über-sexy public image. She has supported a number of causes including the AIDS charity Amfar, Habitat for Humanity and the SOS Children’s Villages, and is an ambassador for the 1Goal movement to provide education to children in Africa. Most recently, Alba has become an avid crusader for limiting the use of toxic chemicals in household products, particularly those that come into contact with children.
Earlier this year, she came out in support of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 that would increase the safety of chemicals used in consumer products, increase public access to health and safety information, and protect vulnerable populations like pregnant women and children.
In a call to action, she said, “We need a steady drumbeat of American moms telling Congress to fight for the safety of your family.” Interviewed by the Daily Telegraph, she said "I was alarmed to learn about all the potential harmful products in my home and lifestyle – like toxic chemicals in plastic baby bottles, brain toxins in children’s toys, carcinogens in my cleaning products (the list went on and on!). Please stand with me as a concerned citizen and parent and take action today. Ask your Senators to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.”
Jessica Alba not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk – in preparing for the birth of her second child, Alba re-finished second-hand furniture for the baby’s room. “I use stains and paints that are eco-friendly and safe,” she explains.
Alba – who gave birth to her second daughter on August 31, 2011 is taking her passion for children and their well-being to another level, as she gets set to launch her own environmentally responsible company, The Honest Company. This ecommerce eco-friendly baby brand – named for her first daughter Honor Marie – will launch in the coming months.
“Hopefully other parents love it as much as I do. I put my heart into it,” Alba says of the start-up.