August 17th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
Even when she’s on set, Jessica Alba is focused on being a good mom – and not just for her own kids’ sakes.
The actress told Self magazine she founded The Honest Company, which makes and sells safe baby and household products, after “I found my daughter Honor sitting in her crib, eating these tiny beads from the inside of her diaper.”
“They were all over her face,” the mother of two added. “It was a moment of terror.”
Luckily, Honor, now 4, was OK, but Alba said she couldn’t help feeling guilty.
“I worried that I'd poisoned my daughter - and these were eco-diapers! … The more research I did, the more irritated I got. Most parents don't have time to do all this research - they need a company with products they can trust. I wanted to create that.”
Alba said it took her more than three years to launch The Honest Company, which donates a portion of its proceeds to families in need.
“When things didn’t go smoothly, I’d get really upset,” she told the magazine. “I worried that I was wasting so much time and money! But my husband, Cash, would tell me, ‘You didn’t waste anything. Look how much you’ve learned.’ His perspective kept me going.”
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