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Christopher Gavigan
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Christopher Gavigan has devoted his life to helping families nurture the healthiest, happiest babies and children. As the Founder and Chief Products Officer of The Honest Company (Honest.com), Gavigan is focused on building this value-based business to have a big social, ecological, and philanthropic impact. The Honest Company is on a mission of giving today's parents the access "better" products that are safer, more effective & natural, and fairly priced, without toxic and risky ingredients - promoting educational awareness and healthier, happier children

"Parents get a lot of advice about what to feed their children and how to baby-proof their home," he says, "but many are still completely unaware of the toxic risks posed by everyday basics found in many products, like diapers, home cleaners, body washes, and laundry soaps. Yet, there's growing scientific and medical consensus that some chemicals used in these products are linked to chronic diseases like asthma, ADHD, behavioral disorders, and even cancer."

A father of 3 children, Gavigan is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World - a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks. He is also is the author of a best-selling book "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home", and has been instrumental in catapulting environmental health messages into millions of homes worldwide with a collaborative non-profit partnerships and media alliances.

Entries by Christopher Gavigan

Food Dyes: Red Does Not Mean GO

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:46 AM

When he was only 18 years old, William Perkin was enjoying Easter break from London's Royal College of Chemistry -- by experimenting with coal tar. It was 1856, and he was searching for a way to synthesize quinine, an antimalarial drug. What he created instead, accidentally, was the...

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How Worried Should We Be About Every Day Chemicals?

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 2:53 PM

Did you know, that every day, you rely on household products that can contain thousands of untested and unregulated chemicals? How worried should we be about this reality?

This question was recently raised by Jerome Groopman for an article in the New Yorker entitled "The Plastic...

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The Chemical Cocktail: Making Americans Overweight?

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 1:49 PM

On May 11th, First lady Michelle Obama released a panel report outlining 70 recommendations to fight childhood obesity -- the latest in her commendable crusade against an epidemic afflicting one in five children. The goal, as set out in the report from the White House Task Force on...

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Up in Smoke: The Reality of Preventing Fire Deaths

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 4:17 PM

Generally, I'm a strong advocate for prevention. But what happens when your method of prevention creates its own set of risks? This is increasingly the case with flame retardants -- chemicals put into everything from couch cushions to televisions. We're exposed to them everyday and they're building up in our...

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Toxins Impair Children's Neurological Development -- And A 10-Step Program To Stop It

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 10:31 AM

"Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardant Compounds Affects Neurodevelopment of Young Children"

"Children more likely to have attention, behavioral problems when exposed to phthalates in womb, New York study says"

"ADHD and lead: Poisoning the mind"

Three new studies from...

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Parents of America: WAKE UP! Our Kids are Sick

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 11:31 AM

As initially posted on Healthy Child Healthy World.

With parenthood comes a most spectacular wake-up call. Are YOU awake?

For almost 20 years, the nonprofit

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Memo to Capitol Hill: Want to Save the Country $5 Billion? Thought So.

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 5:32 PM

As initially posted on Healthy Child Healthy World.

In 1976, the first commercial supercomputer was made and Apple was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The mobile phone patent was granted and NASA unveiled the first space shuttle. It was the beginning of the technological revolution, but...

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Schwarzenegger's new "Benign by Design" Platform

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 12:27 PM

As initially posted on Healthy Child Healthy World.

At the end of this week, all eyes will be on Copenhagen when President Obama finally arrives for the end of the beleaguered and tenuous Climate Change Summit. But one very promising and exciting accord...

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A Commonsense Approach To Cancer Prevention?

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 4:46 PM

Like the out of control cell growth at the root of the disease, cancer itself has become rampant in our population. And, while new treatments are curtailing mortality rates (which are still at an abominable 1,500+ people daily), an increasing number of people are still being diagnosed. Without knowing statistics,...

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Chemicals In Everyday Products Turning Boys Into Girls?

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 11:12 AM

As initially posted on Healthy Child Healthy World.

A new report from the Danish Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), highlights the critical risks facing toddlers from gender bending chemicals in everyday products. Chemicals like phthalates (found in PVC and fragrances), parabens (found...

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The Tide Turns: At Long Last, Federal Chemical Regulation Given Priority

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 6:44 PM

It's a special moment when an advocate bears witness to a tidal shift in attitude and action around a cause. As the CEO and Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting young children from harmful exposure to toxic chemicals, I experienced just...

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Dust Becomes You

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 4:29 PM

This post was first published on Healthy Child Healthy World.

Anyone who's lived in or visited arid regions is probably familiar with dust storms. When the air is filled with tiny particles of sand that bite your skin, sting your eyes and irritate your lungs. Over time, breathing...

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Environmental Groups and Chemical Industry Agree on Regulating Toxics?

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 5:12 PM

(Cross-posted from Healthy Child Healthy World)

I can't say I recall a time when environmental and public health advocates and the chemical industry have ever agreed, but on Tuesday they both came forward urging Congress to overhaul our outdated chemical regulatory system. I'm still skeptical about the chemical industry's...

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America's Diet-Related Health Issues a Direct Result of Unequal "Access"

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 5:05 PM

This post was first published on Healthy Child Healthy World.

Last week, The White House harvested its first crop yield from the organic garden First Lady Michelle Obama established on the South Lawn not long after moving to Washington. Surrounded by participating elementary school children, Obama spoke about...

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If a Pregnant Woman Told You BPA Was Safe, Would You Believe Her?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 2:50 PM

Bisphenol-A (BPA), the endocrine disrupting chemical found in baby bottles and canned food, has been getting a lot of bad press over the past year. It's really no surprise given the growing list of studies linking it to health impacts ranging from cognitive problems and early puberty to increased fat...

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5 Secrets Conventional Cleaning Product Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 11:46 AM

I don't remember exactly how old I was, but I remember the day many years ago when I was cleaning the shower in my childhood home (as a teen the bathroom duties were my assignment) and wondered what exactly I was cleaning with. I knew the colors and shapes of...

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Dear Mr President: Bold Leadership Now Could Change the Course of Autism

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2009 | 7:05 PM

(On behalf of Dr. Phil Landrigan)

Dear Mr. President,

Please accept my sincere congratulations on your inauguration as President of the United States. National leadership in Washington that is forward thinking and infused with optimism restores my own enthusiasm for discovery and dedication to progress. I join you in...

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Birth Defects Surge in a Toxic World

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 2:23 PM

This post was first published on Healthy Child Healthy World.

Recent headlines from China are revealing a growing public health crisis: birth defects are up 40% since 2001, to 145 per 10,000. A child is born every 30 seconds with a birth defect.

It sounds like...

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Parents! Mercury Contamination Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

(8) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 1:40 PM

Consumer confidence in the US Food and Drug Administration is in a fast decline due to many questionable decisions lately including their responses to BPA, melamine in infant formula, and their recent step backwards on protecting women and children from methylmercury in fish by promoting increased consumption. Here's one more...

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The More You Know, the Less You Need (or Want)

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2009 | 4:04 PM

Do you ever read nutrition labels on food? What if the labels on every product told us much more? What if all the ingredients were listed with place of origin, carbon footprint, and potential health impacts? What if the manufacturing facility was listed with labor info and pollution stats? What...

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