Magazine article Variety

Michelle Pfeiffer

Magazine article Variety

Michelle Pfeiffer

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GAINING A 'MOMMY LENS' WOKE THE ACTRESS TO CONSUMER SAFETY ISSUES AND LED TO INVOLVEMENT WITH EWG

MICHELLE PFEIFFER didn't think much about whether or not the cosmetics she used or the food she ate was safe until she became a mother. ¶ "Like a lot of women I was clueless about a lot of these issues until I had children and started looking at the world through their eyes," the Oscar-nominated star of "Dangerous Liaisons" and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" tells Variety. "I started thinking more about what I bought. I really benefited health-wise from looking at the world through my new mommy lens." ¶ But even as Pfeiffer realized she needed to know more about toxic chemicals and questionable consumer products, she struggled to find a resource to keep her informed. That's where Environmental Working Group came in. From shoddy sunscreen to contaminated tap water, the nonprofit research and advocacy group educates consumers and citizens about public safety issues. ¶ "The environment is not remote or separate from us," says Ken Cook, the group's president and co-founder. "It's the experiences we have in everyday life and the important role that toxic chemicals can have in impacting our health." ¶ To that end, EWG strives to be userfriendly, publishing guides on everything from selecting healthy cosmetics and produce to tips for safer cell phone use. …

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