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Giving Back to the Community: Why Jessica Alba Is a Hero

Jessica Alba is a hero! And not just because she’s had two kids and still looks amazing. That makes her awesome, but not necessarily a hero.

I give celebrities a lot of crap, mostly because the ones we hear about make way too much money for doing very little and give almost nothing back. So it’s only fair that I give credit where credit is due.

Jessica Alba loves being a mom. You can see it in her face when she talks about her kids. And we know it’s true because she’s not a good enough actress to fake it (If you’re reading this, Jessica, I’m sorry, but I suffered through Good Luck Chuck).

Her kids are the reason she started Honest.com. Alba, with Christopher Gavigan, best selling author and former CEO of the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World, built The Honest Company as a safe, eco-alternative to children’s products that you’d find at say Wal-Mart or Costco (sure, you can get 10,000 diapers for cheap there, but who has that much storage space?).

What They Sell:

They sell everything from diapers and baby wipes to sunscreen and bubble bath (however, my calls for rubber duckies have gone unanswered thus far), and ALL of their items are 100% non-toxic with no synthetic chemicals, which can be extremely harmful for a child after prolonged exposure. The health of the children is the number one goal for The Honest Company. But because Hollywood is all about style, the diapers and wipes have been created with your choice of sleek designs (appearing at an Awards show in white Huggies is so 2005).

How It Works:

First, they find out a little about you and your child. Don’t worry, nothing that can be used to steal your child’s identity.

You then select the products that you want as part of a bundle, and it’s delivered right to your door. Your days of giving your baby whiskey so it sleeps while you run to the store are over (I obviously don’t have kids, I just assume that’s how you make them sleep).

The Honest Company wants all babies to have the opportunity to be safe and healthy, so they’ve priced their bundles accordingly, starting around $20 a week. And for every bundle bought, they’ll donate one to a charity to help parents who can’t afford supplies for their child. (Hint:  you can sign up to their site and get free stuff too!)

But That’s Not All!

They also want to do right by the environment. Apparently they want the world these babies grow up in to, ya know, exist. That’s why they use 100% renewable or recycled materials in all products, packaging, shipping materials and office supplies. Even the electricity at their headquarters and warehouse comes from 100% renewable California Solar power.

Back to the Hot Actress:

So, is Jessica Alba a hero?

So, is Jessica Alba a hero?

So, is Jessica Alba a hero? She doesn’t dress up in a cape and mask, kicking the crap out of bad guys. As far as I know, she’s never pulled a nun out of a burning building or pushed a stroller full of puppies out of the way of a speeding bus.

But in the true sense of the word, she is helping to keep babies healthy and safe while protecting the environment. I’d say that’s pretty heroic (and much more believable than Sue Storm in Fantastic 4).

Image credit to stylegirls and Miguel77.


Alex Brodsky

Alex is a video specialist and blogger at Quality Logo Products, putting his media background and screenwriting training to good use. When he's not working, he enjoys tinkering with his fantasy sports lineups, engaging in cheeky shenanigans, and cuddling. He must also get all of his caffeine from pop as he can't stand coffee. You can also connect with Alex on Google+.

Comments

  1. Jaimie Smith

    Alex this was such a great post! I love Jessica Alba! And this sounds like such a good idea. My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their baby girl within the next couple weeks. I will def make sure they know about The Honest Company.

    • Alex Brodsky

      Awesome! I think they might like it a lot, especially the free trial!

  2. Mandy Kilinskis

    Any time that a celebrity uses their fame and status for good is always welcome! And in this case, Jessica Alba is indeed a hero. Being environmentally friendly while promoting safe babies is pretty much the most heroic thing you can do.

    It’s nice to read that there is a celebrity out there that you don’t despise. :)

    • Alex Brodsky

      There are a few celebrities I don’t despise. NPH. How could anyone hate Doogie Howser? Jason Segel is adorable.

      Most of my anger stems from jealousy. I want to be them.

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    That is actually really cool. I was ready to find fault in this some how and I really can’t. My only gripe is — why can’t more people with lots ‘o’ money do this as well!?!?!
    I know if I had a bottomless bank account, you bet your bottom dollar I would spend it for the greater good of others and the environment (not to make myself sound to selfless of course, I would buy some neat stuff as well and frequent trips to Europe). Nonetheless this is really neat! Great post!

    • Alex Brodsky

      It constantly befuddles me how more people (celebs or not) with money can’t “share the wealth”. You would figure everyone would share in “the greater good” but too many people are just selfish. I’ve already got all my donations planned out for when I’m a rich and famous show runner.

  4. Candice J.

    I never knew about this and I THANK YOU SO MUCH for writing this post. I am a full time single mom and my daughters health is my BIGGEST concern. With everything I do, buy, consume, and even bring into my home. If it can harm her in any way or alter her health in a negative way it doesn’t come near my home or my daughter. I always to try to look to Eco-friendly or organic products for her (although more costly) I just can’t put a price on her health or life. This website sounds like such a great idea to the point I know I’m going to go sign up as soon as I get home tonight and become an avid member of their community. As a parent I know there is no length that I won’t go to, to keep my child safe and healthy and keeping the world “healthy” so she has a safe environment to live in. Any other parent that feels the same way automatically gains a certain amount of respect from me because its not always a big club.

    • Alex Brodsky

      I actually was thinking about you and your daughter as I wrote this. I don’t have a kid yet, but I already understand that you can’t put a price on a child’s health and safety. I’m glad you’re going to give it a try, and I hope that it works out well for you and your daughter :-)

  5. Scooby

    This is the prettiest blog post yet!

  6. Rachel

    Major points to Jessica Alba for this! It’s always great to see people with means honestly making a difference. I’ll have to bring up Honest.com to my brother and sister-in-law, who (like Jaimie’s relatives, it looks like!) are expecting their first child this month. Great post, Alex!

    • Alex Brodsky

      Thanks! Share this website with as many people as you can! It’s businesses like this that deserve to thrive. And it seems like this one is perfect for every set of new parents who are super-worried about every little thing.

  7. Amy Swanson

    Wow Alex, this was a great post! I don’t have kids and don’t know of anyone expecting, but I still want to check out their products. The biggest selling feature for me is that they deliver. I’m an incredibly lazy person, so anytime something can just show up on my doorstep is a major plus for me :)

    Good for Jessica Alba getting behind this company and using her “stardom” for good instead of evil! I think she just gained some major points in my book.

    • Alex Brodsky

      I’m with you on the laziness so the delivery is a huge bonus. Especially for the people who have kids. I already hate going to the grocery store, and all I have to do is throw on flip flops. I can’t imagine the things I would come up with to procrastinate going if i had to:

      put on my kids shoes, put on their coat, hook up a car seat, get them INTO the car seat, drive to the store, unhook them, shop with them, return all the items they grab from the shelves, get them back into the carseat, and take of their shoes/coats.

  8. Eric

    Eco-friendly? Charitable? And solar-powered?

    My super powers of cynicism are no match for this.

    Kudos to Ms. Alba for being behind as thoughtful a company as this is.

    • Alex Brodsky

      I know! That’s a trifecta that can overshadow ANY poor movie choices she has made.

      It gives just the slightest glimmer of hope for this world shrouded in denial of guilt and profit margins.

  9. Jen

    I agree Alex, Jessica Alba is a terrible actress. But this website sounds pretty awesome. Nice post!

    • Alex Brodsky

      She has redeemed herself in my book. You’re allowed to be a bad actor/actress as long as you do good things with the resources you’ve earned from that career.

  10. Jill Tooley

    I love celebs who are more than a pretty face, Alex! I didn’t think too highly of Jessica Alba before, but now I do. She clearly cares about the cause, and I agree that it’s obvious how much she loves being a mom. I really hope this company takes off, because it’s a fantastic idea! If only there’d been a site like this when I was a kid…sigh.

    Great post!

    • Alex Brodsky

      I really hope the company does well. It sounds like she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make this company successful. And the companies that seem to succeed the most are the ones with heart behind them.

      And a site like this would have been nice, but let’s face it, back then the best the internet could do was The Hamster Dance.

  11. Joseph Giorgi

    It’s always great to hear about the celebs that GIVE BACK, and Alba clearly deserves to be ranked among the best of ‘em! Eco-friendly children’s products that aren’t harmful to the little tykes? It doesn’t get much more noble than that. And the fact that the company relies on renewable energy is just the icing on the cake.

    Kudos to Alba for her humanitarian efforts! :) And kudos for firing on all cylinders even after firing out two kids!

    • Alex Brodsky

      The use of renewable energy is what showed me that they are truly dedicated to what they do. A lot of companies might talk a big game, but The Honest Company really does back it up.

      And it is unbelievable that she’s had two kids. If she hadn’t tweeted pictures of herself/belly, I would have thought she just had a couple surrogates.

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