The Least Eco-Friendly Thing in Your House?

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You knew Sara Gilbert as Darlene Connor, the sarcastic middle child on the long-running sitcom Roseanne, and you know her now as the co-host of the daytime show The Talk. But the actress has another major passion outside of the ‘biz: the environment. She stopped by Daily Shot to discuss some surprising things she learned while writing her new book, The Imperfect Environmentalist.

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Sara was motivated to get green when she started learning about the surprising effects of chemicals. “Kids are going through puberty five years earlier than they were 100 years ago,” she says. “That’s from endocrine disrupters in our environment, probably from pesticides.” The discovery led her to create a go-to guide filled with easy tips to green your life.

So what’s one of the least eco-friendly things in your home? It’s in your living room. “Watch out for couches,” Sara says. “People put flame-retardants on couches. That stuff can lead to lower IQ, infertility…” What should you do? When purchasing furniture, “you want to ask for organic cotton wool, or ask the people not to spray the couch.”

Her book is full of practical advice for small changes that hold a big impact. “I just want to get the message out there for people to start cleaning up the world,” she says.

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To find out some surprising facts about chemicals in cosmetics, and hear what it was like to work with Roseanne every day, check out this episode of Daily Shot.