Celebrity moms are banding together to raise awareness about toxic chemicals used in household products. Kelly Preston, Jenna Elfman, Susan Lucci and many other moms have teamed up with Healthy Child Healthy World to host children’s parties that will focus on the issue.
Jenna Elfman has been involved with Healthy Child Healthy World since 2007 when she was pregnant with her first son and attended a party hosted by the group. “I had no idea about the potential toxins in my household,” said the actress who played Dharma, a flower child with a free-flowing, compassionate mind. “I was pregnant with my first son and learned so much in one short afternoon. It opened the door to much healthier living for my family and I am forever grateful.”
Anyone can host a party and the celebrity moms are trying to set the stage for all moms to follow. Simple household products that almost everyone has in their home like soaps and lotions, household cleaners, sunscreens, and air fresheners have been linked to chemicals that cause asthma and hormone disruption. A report in Environmental Health Perspectives journal found 200 common household products which contain phthalates and parabens, among other chemicals.
Phthalates have been linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma. Parabens have been linked to hormone disruption and have also been associated with breast cancer. The chemicals are not always listed on the products and sometimes the only way to find out if a product is made with a certain chemical is to call the 800 number listed on the product.
Some brands argued with the study’s findings and claimed the report was meant to be misleading. The conclusion of the study called for “more complete labeling” to enable consumers to avoid bringing the chemicals they don’t want into their homes.
Visit Healthy Children Healthy World to learn more about setting up a party or to find out how you can make your home a safer, healthier place without toxic household products.