Jessica Alba joins the growing ranks of celebrities adding “author” to their resumes. While other celebs may lean towards fiction and screenplays, Alba has chosen to develop a guide to living a non-toxic life titled “The Honest Life.” Already an eco-friendly celebrity who stocks her closet with organic bamboo bedding, Alba recently launched The Honest Company, a website that sells toxin-free domestic and baby products and recently she explained to InStyle magazine how important her environmental crusade has become to her.
“[My favorite thing to do with my time is to] work on Honest.com,” she told In Touch magazine. “It is really a labor of love, as we plan on evolving as a brand. I’m always searching for the best nontoxic, ecofriendly products for baby, children and home and thinking of ways to innovate in those areas through function and design.”
Scheduled to release in 2013 The Honest Life, co-written with her business partner Christopher Gavigan, is a handbook based on Alba’s mission of “creating a natural, authentic, and non-toxic life for her family,” says publishing company Rodale. The how-to book will be full of design tips, family recipes and DIY family projects to help everyone find their own style.
In keeping with her reputation as a Hollywood beauty, The Honest Life will include a section on homemade beauty treatments including face masks, moisturizers and a foot scrub. But behind the business woman and the movie star, Alba is first and foremost a mother which was the inspiration for her company and her book.
“When I became a mom, I wanted to learn everything I could about living healthfully and happily, and shielding my family from unwanted chemicals,” says Alba in a press release. “And I want to help other parents learn how to do it, easily and inexpensively.”
And while other eco-friendly celebs may not be penning a book, they are lending their recognizable voices to environmental documentaries. Leonardo DiCaprio produced and narrated The 11th Hour documentary that discusses global warming, deforestation and the depletion of biodiversity. Natalie Portman lent her voice to Saving a Species: Gorillas on the Brink and Hayden Panettire was featured in The Cove for her participation in protests to end whale hunting.
But just as Alba’s book illustrates, one does not need to be a celebrity to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. Moms and Dads everywhere can invest in organic and sustainable bamboo baby clothing to keep their tots toxin-free!