Redefining Diaper Duty: How Jessica Alba Gives Back

Most of us recognize Jessica Alba for the characters she plays on screen, but she’s also an impressive character in her personal life–she’s earning a well-deserved reputation as a philanthropist. A few years back, Jessica’s interest in non-toxic household products inspired her to start The Honest Company–read more about that here–a move that has heightened her advocacy work for healthy children and a healthy planet.

Jessica is deeply involved in The Honest Company’s Social Goodness Platform, an initiative which includes charitable partnerships, promoting policy changes that protect children and the planet, and encouraging the company’s employees to get involved in community service.

One such charitable partnership was forged in spring 2015 with FEED, an organization that works to fight hunger internationally. The companies teamed up to create a diaper bag; for each bag sold, The Honest Company and Feed donated a year’s worth of micronutrients to mothers and children in developing countries.

Jessica isn’t shy about speaking up on behalf of the causes she supports. She has made multiple visits to Washington, D.C. to encourage members of Congress to pass strong legislation protecting consumers from toxic chemicals. Working with groups like the American Sustainable Business Council and the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, Jessica has been able to raise awareness about the ways in which some household chemicals can affect people’s health.

Despite her busy schedule, Jessica also serves on the board of directors for Baby2Baby, a nonprofit organization that provides diapers, children’s clothing, and basic necessities to low-income families. In addition, she has actively supported a long list of advocacy campaigns, including Healthy Child Healthy World, the Children’s’ Defense Fund, Step Up Women’s Network, Habitat for Humanity, and V-Day, an international effort to stop violence against women and girls. Jessica has also worked with Declare Yourself and VotoLatino, urging young people to register to vote.

As an activist, entrepreneur, and actress, Jessica Alba is an all-around inspiration–one that has become a real-life superhero that’s even stronger than the kick-ass characters she’s played on screen.

 

Lisa Beebe

Lisa Beebe lives in Los Angeles with Stitch, a one-eyed Maltese dog who is her favorite living creature. She loves writing about creative, inspiring people who are making the world a better place. When she isn't working, Lisa volunteers with WriteGirl, a nonprofit organization that matches women writers with teenage girls for creative writing mentorship.

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