Jenna Elfman Chats About Green Motherhood, Solar-Powered Future
We know her as Dharma and she’s married to Bodhi, but these days Jenna Elfman’s taking eco-consciousness to a whole new level in her work with Healthy Child, Healthy World, a national non-profit for children’s environmental health. We wonder where she gets the time: This year alone, catch this busy mom on the big screen in “The Six Wives of Henry Lefay,” with Elisha Cuthbert and Tim Allen and “Love Hurts,” with Janeane Garofolo and Carrie-Ann Moss. Elfman took a break to talk with www.ecostiletto.com about her eco-favorite obsession (and we mean that literally): Recycling. Here’s what she has to say about eco-friendly parenting:
ES: How do you find time to be greener while managing the demands of motherhood?
JE: I admit, I am not some perfect, green, mother person. But I do use planet/baby-friendly household cleaners, detergent, diapers, wipes, baby soaps/shampoos, flooring, paint, crib mattress and bottles. Plus, all the recycling. It’s a start in the right direction. I learned a lot since getting involved with Healthy Child, Healthy World. They’re awesome.
ES: What is your secret for staying centered and balanced while juggling work and motherhood?
JE: I really put my attention on staying present and just doing what I’m doing while I’m doing it! Otherwise, it’s easy to feel dispersed and overwhelmed when you’re trying to do too many things at once and you end up feeling like you’re never in the moment, because actually, you’re not. I find just staying present, but really productive, has helped me stay centered and balanced. Also, finishing those things once I’ve started them has really helped, too.
ES: How did motherhood change your outlook on the environment?
JE: Motherhood has really connected me to and given me an expanded view and perception of “future” that I never had before. So then I immediately started feeling more aware and responsible for the consequences of all my actions with regard to how they were going to affect my son and his current and future life and environment. It certainly upped my “game.”
ES: What’s the biggest green change you’d like to make in your life—even if it’s impossible right now?
JE: I would really love to have a home that’s completely solar-powered.
For more from Jenna’s interview, plus her seriously obsessive recycling secrets, check out the EcoCelebrity section at EcoStiletto.com, beginning March 1st.