Magazine article Sunset

Laura Dern

Magazine article Sunset

Laura Dern

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LOS ANGELES

The actress talks about good things you can do for the planet in just 10 minutes

How parenting made her an environmentalist When it's for ourselves, you think, I should take care of myself, but you don't. But when you're raising this child you're responsible for, something shifts. You say, I want to do something now.

Her work with the Healthy Child Healthy World organization It has five easy steps to improve the environment within your home: managing pesticides, using nontoxic cleaners, improving indoor-air quality, eating organic, using plastics wisely. It's stuff you can do in the next to minutes.

Green cleaning It used to be you'd hear complaints that all the nontoxic cleaning products were so expensive. But now it's a more competitive marketplace. I like Seventh Generation. Also the ones Ed Begleyjr. makes: Begley's Best. But you can also make your own concoctions. Water, lavender oil, lemon-you have a wonderful-smelling cleaner.

Shopping organic I go to the farmers' market in Santa Monica and the one in Hollywood. But it's interesting-Wal-Mart is now one of the leading distributors of organic produce in America. When WalMart starts doing it, America is shifting. …

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