Stars' Fave Environmentally-Friendly Baby Products
In honor of Earth Day this Thursday, celeb moms Karolina Kurkova, Keisha Whitaker and Rhea Durham (husband is Mark Wahlberg!) are sharing their must-have environmentally-friendly baby items with UsMagazine.com and online designer children's boutique TheMiniSocial.com (which is donating 10 percent of all Eco Week sales to TransFair USA, a non-profit behind Fair Trade farming).
Tobin Jack, 6 months, wears an amber necklace to ease pain from teething. (This $39.95 version is only recommended for babies under supervision, not to be chewed on and designed to keep the beads together if the necklace breaks.) The stone has long been used in Europe as a natural painkiller that reduces cheek swelling. Another way the former Victoria’s Secret model, 26, soothes Tobin when he's colicky? "When I'm traveling and I don't have a chance to heat up his milk immediately, [a half-cup of lukewarm or cool] chamomile tea is great," she tells TheMiniSocial.com.
The model, 31, who has four children -- Ella, 6, Michael, 4, Brendan, 19 months, and Grace, 3 months -- with Wahlberg, tells TheMiniSocial.com that her fave cleaning products are made by Seventh Generation. "I really feel that, in this time in the world, it is important to be more aware of your surroundings and of what we can do to be as healthy and conscious of ourselves, of others and of our environment," says Durham, who wed Wahlberg in August 2009 after eight years of dating.
Married to Forest Whitaker, the writer, entrepreneur and mother of four (Autumn, Sonnet, Ocean and True), Keisha, 38, composts as well as recycles at home. "We turn off lights, turn down the air [and] wear sweaters instead of turning up the heat," she tells TheMiniSocial.com. In addition to using ecofriendly bulbs, "we take our own personal water bottles with us to school and work," she adds. Glass beverage bottles by Lifefactory ($21.99) are free of known harmful chemicals including BPA, phthalates and PVC, making them a great substitution for throwaway plastic bottles.
The Ethiopian-born model and philanthropist, 32, -- who is mom to son Suhul, 8, and daughter Raee, 4, with her hedge-fund manager husband, Kassy -- launched her own all-natural cotton clothing line for women and children called lemlem. "The clothes are made by hand in Africa using traditional weaving methods by local artisans -- therefore eliminating the use of machines and reducing the waste of energy,” she explains.
Nichols, 36, who currently stars on ABC's The Gates (and previously appeared on 24), swears by the book Clean House Clean Planet, which she refers to to keep her home safe for 18-month-old daughter Rain India Lexton (dad is director Taron Lexton). "[It's] this brilliant book on how to make your own household cleaning detergents from all-natural ingredients," she says. Tips include: use club soda as a window cleaner and olive oil to shine your furniture. "Considering my daughter puts absolutely everything she finds in her mouth, it helps me sleep easier knowing she has fewer chemicals around," she says.