Meryl Streep Speaks Out About Kids, Toxic Chemicals and Going Green



“When you become a parent, you start to notice what they’re eating, what they’re breathing, and children are like canaries in the mine.” Meryl Streep.

Meryl Streep is not just a great actress. She has also been carrying the green flag for more than 20 years. In 1989, having read a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report about pesticides on fruits and vegetables, Ms. Streep founded Mothers and Others. A concerned mother herself, Ms. Streep and a few neighbors she recruited started handing out informational flyers in the neighborhood and making pests of themselves in local grocery stores demanding they do their part in keeping kids safe.

This humble beginning eventually changed laws, and Ms. Streep continued as an activist. She became a staunch supporter of several other causes and foundations, including Healthy Child Healthy World. In fact, she wrote the forward to the book Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Greener, Cleaner, Safer Home and has info about the organization, and several others, on her website.

In case you are unaware of this, Naturepedic crib mattresses are the only brand recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World. I would bet Ms. Streep would really like our toddler and baby mattresses!

Ms. Streep also lives a personally ‘green’ life.

She was recently interviewed by the Natural Resources Defense Council about her beliefs, her lifestyle and her experiences. Check out Beyond Acting: Meryl Streep, Activist Mom on the NRDC’s Simple Steps website. The interview also includes several brief video clips.

Ms. Streep is a prime example of the influence mothers can have on the health of our children, ourselves, and the environment. Check out the interview.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

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