Advice for initiating legislation change for healthier products

Health expert Christopher Gavigan shares advice on how to help initiate change in legislation for healthier products
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Advice for initiating legislation change for healthier products

So I come from the world of the non-profit, understanding that advocacy and legislation and empowerment to parents for the betterment and education of the world is a good thing. And I work with policy makers, I work with corporate leaders, I work with thought leaders from Whole Foods to Target to WebMD, all trying to help parents understand impacts around health, safer choices, better products. But what frustrated me most around corporate America was the lack of being nimble, was the lack of efficiencies. So I decided to create a new business called The Honest Company. And what we decided was we were going to listen to parents. We were going to create products that mattered. And we were going to try to do better every day. And we were going to really create a suite of products that were the most impactful, the most positively impactful for young children and babies. So we created a whole diaper line, a whole bath and body line, and a cleaning line. But above and beyond what we've done is to really trying to set an example, leading corporate America to say you can do it better. It's is about how a matter of you formulate the ingredients that you use, how you treat employees, and really being a leader by setting your example and really working with legislative leaders on the other side of the aisle to really bring new legislation and better legislation around product reform and safer regulations around chemicals in the marketplace today.
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Health expert Christopher Gavigan shares advice on how to help initiate change in legislation for healthier products


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Christopher Gavigan

Co-founder, & 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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