Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review: Healthy Child, Healthy World - Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home by Christopher Gavigan

I happened upon this book while browsing The Honest Company website. I'm a library fan, so I requested it from our local library. When it arrived, I couldn't put it down.  I took notes and underlined and ear marked pages.  And then I had to return it.  (Womp. Womp.)

I started talking to Lullaby Lane store manager & buyer, Lindsay, about the book incessantly.  As a new(ish) Mom, Wife, and inhabitant of planet Earth, Healthy Child, Healthy World resonated with me.

The only problem can't forget what you learn. And when you know better, you do better. (That's an Oprah quote by the way.)

The author, Christopher Gavigan, has some serious credentials including degrees in environmental science and geography, as well as training in child psychology in education.  That makes him a triple quadruple threat.  He's currently the co-founder and Chief Product Officer for The Honest Company, a product line he started with Jessica Alba to offer safe, effective and affordable family products.

The Honest Company products include diapers, wipes, body wash and lotion, prenatal vitamins, laundry products and even dishwashing detergent and soap!
The book is presented in a factual and nonjudgmental manner, if that's possible.  Gavigan clearly lays out the information and shares ideas for how to get started on living a greener life.  The key to success for using this book is to not get overwhelmed.  Walk before you run. Slowly implement a plan of attack to make your home healthier step by step.

Topics covered include pregnancy, food choices, beauty care, cleaning products, toy/baby gear, pet safety and more.  Recipes for DIY finger paint and cleaning products are included, as well as "copy and carry" sections, where readers are encouraged to snip out the page with cheat sheet information.  Copy and Carry topics range from "the dirty dozen" all the way to plastic container codes.  Another interesting addition is the contributions from people like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hanks.  They share short stories of their personal journey to leading a greener lifestyle, again, in a very attainable manner.

This book is a MUST READ for any parent one.  There really is something for everyone to learn.  Whether you begin by simply taking your shoes off to prevent pollutants from entering your home or make the transition to shopping organic, a small change in your lifestyle is worth it.  The choice is yours and the opportunities area endless.

We're carrying this book, along with The Honest Company products at Lullaby Lane!  And it gets better - we'll be hosting a "Healthy Child, Healthy World Party" on Saturday February 22nd at 10am.  We'll share where we are on our journey and even DIY our own cleaning products.  Class attendees will receive 15% off The Honest Company products, excluding diapers.  Mark your calendars and stop in! 

Do you have any book recommendations that changed your parenting/lifestyle?  We'd love to hear from you.  Please leave them in the comments below!

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