It’s funny how a child inspires you to change your entire lifestyle – and I’m not just talking about adapting to Barbies on the floor and mac ‘n’ cheese dinners.
Even if you never cared that much about environmental and health issues, having a little one in your house makes you aware of how vulnerable he is – and you’d do just about anything to make sure his world is as safe and clean as can be. I never used eco-friendly cleaners before I had children, but now I’m using them more and more.
Many celebrity parents are concerned about the environment, and now, so is Vanessa Lachey. Expecting her first child with husband Nick Lachey, she recently joined the promotional campaign for the new Tide Coldwater laundry detergent. The product is designed to clean clothes efficiently in the cold-water setting, which saves energy.
“We use 80 percent of our household energy to heat water,” Vanessa points out. “By saving energy, you’re saving money; who doesn’t want that? And lastly, you’re doing something good for the environment, so it’s a 1-2-3 punch.”
If everyone in America washed their clothes in cold water for a year, it would save enough power to run all the lights in New York City for 71 years.
Vanessa is also becoming increasingly aware of a mother’s need to monitor her children’s exposure to chemicals and hormones.
She plans to use only BPA-free bottles to feed her baby, knowing that the chemicals in BPA-laden plastic containers can leach out into food or liquid when the container is heated.
And she’ll be more conscious about the food she buys, since some meats and dairy products come from farms where animals are fed hormones.
“You actually physically see the changes in a 13-year-old girl that was eating hormone food and a 13-year-old girl that was eating organic,” says Vanessa.
Sobering stuff. Welcome to the world of mom-worries, Vanessa!
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