Advice on how to choose the safest products for your home

Health expert Christopher Gavigan shares advice for parents on choosing the safest products for your kids in the home
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Advice on how to choose the safest products for your home

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Parents really have a hard time navigating what's on store shelves. They're believing that what's there is safe but unfortunately, that's not always the case. The retailer or our advocacy in legislation hasn't prevented toxic chemicals from coming into those stores and being ingredients in those products. So, parents really need to do the due diligence. Go to www.healthychild.org, the environmental working group or the national resources defense counsel. These are advocacy groups that help you understand products, solutions, and everyday steps and choices that you have as a parent. You'll see the word natural. You'll see a lot of technical terms in the back of labels. Parents are readings those and oftentimes being confused. My recommendation is understand who the company is, what do they stand for, who started it, what are they passionate about, what's their values, what are their standards. That is going to tell you a lot about what they're putting inside their products. You'll never understand some of those technical ingredient terms. You're not a toxicologist. You can't but what you can do is understand what the company is delivering to you, who they are, and how are they providing better and safer products

Health expert Christopher Gavigan shares advice for parents on choosing the safest products for your kids in the home

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Christopher Gavigan

Co-founder, Honest.com & Author

Christopher Gavigan is a well-known environmental health leader, author, speaker, and entrepreneur who builds impactful brands through meaningful communications platforms, innovative consumer products, and social engagement strategies. Christopher recently has founded and launched The Honest Company, an exciting suite of healthy, non-toxic, beautifully designed products for babies and families, with founding partners Jessica Alba and Brian Lee. As the former CEO / Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, Christopher shaped Healthy Child to be one of the most credible and trusted organizations in the environmental and children’s health field. Christopher is also the best selling author of Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home. Currently, Christopher sits on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children Environmental Health Center and is a Chief Advisor to the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. He is also on the Advisory Boards of SAIL Capital Partners and UCLA’s Environmental Health Sciences Department. Christopher was awarded the WebMD’s “Health Hero Award for 2010” and Elle Magazine’s “Green Award” in 2007.

Raised in New York and Connecticut, Christopher graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Environmental Science and Business, and extensive Masters Degree training in Psychology from UCLA. Christopher lives in Santa Monica with wife and actress, Jessica Capshaw, and their three children Luke, Eve and Poppy.

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