Featured Do-Gooder: Healthy Child, Healthy World

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From time to time Smart Green Tips will feature an organization that is a “Do-Gooder”: a group that works to help both people and the environment. The Do-Gooders may be companies, nonprofits, or any organized group that focuses its efforts on making the world a better place.

Healthy Child, Healthy World is a nonprofit devoted to helping protect children from chemical exposure.

Our Mission: We are igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals.

Not to be missed is their informative and moving video, A Wake-Up Story. It’s only 3 1/2 minutes long and well worth your time.

Their book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home was released in paperback; it’s only $10.88 on Amazon. The book covers nearly every aspect of how to make your home and immediate environment safe for your children. The product description from amazon.com provides a good overview:

Inside, you’ll find practical, inexpensive, and easy lifestyle advice for every stage of parenting including:

* Advice on preparing a nontoxic nursery for a new baby
* What every expectant mom needs to do to have a safer pregnancy
* Clarifying which plastics and baby products to avoid and the healthier solutions
* Tips to take to the grocery store, including the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and the best healthy kid-approved snacks
* Which beauty care / cosmetic products pose the biggest risk to health
* The best recipes for healthy snacks, low-cost and safe homemade cleaners, and non-toxic art supplies
* How to easily minimize allergens, dust, and lead
* A greener garden, yard, and outdoor spaces
* Tips to keep your pets healthy, and the unwanted pests out naturally
* Renovation ideas, naturally fresher indoor air, and safer sleeping options,
* An 27 page extensive shopper’s guide to most trusted and best products every home needs

Inside is also packed with over 40 featured contributions from renowned doctors, environmental scientists, and public-health experts like Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr Philip Landrigan, and William McDonough, as well as many celebrity parents like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey Maguire, Sheryl Crow, Erin Brockovich and Tom Hanks. A special featured contribution from First Lady Michelle Obama on her best ways of coping with her daughter’s asthma.

The Healthy Child, Healthy World website includes loads of information on chemical exposure and what HCHW is doing to help. There is an informative blog with regular updates on topics related to children’s health and environmental toxins. Also on the site, you can download printable pocket guides on topics including baby care; personal care products; sustainability & lifestyle; home, school & office; household & cleaning products; and food & nutrition.

In addition, Healthy Child, Healthy World has partnered with WebMD to create Health eHome, an interactive site that allows you to identify possible health hazards in your home. There is additional information on how to make your home safer and healthier for you and your family.

If you have children, or are concerned about the environmental hazards we’re all exposed to, please visit their siteTheir book has proven to be an invaluable resource to me and would likely be of help to you as well.