Like many Hollywood moms, the Game star (whose hubby is actor Cory Hardrict) lives a healthy, eco-conscious lifestyle, and having Cree only encouraged her to make better choices. We caught up with the busy mom and asked her to tell us why her family chooses "green," and how other moms can follow suit.
ESSENCE.com: What does living green mean to you?
TIA MOWRY: Finding every way possible to contribute to keeping the environment clean. Not only the environment, though, but also yourself and your family.
ESSENCE.com: Did you decide to adopt a "greener" lifestyle once your son Cree was born, or were you always eco-conscious?
MOWRY: I actually started a little bit before Cree was born, because I was introduced to the lifestyle by my husband Cory, who is holistically conscious. Now, having a son -- it became not only about providing a safer environment for ourselves, but for him, too.
ESSENCE.com: What kinds of rituals do you have to ensure that he'll grow up green?
MOWRY: The main thing we do is use eco-friendly products, like Seventh Generation utensils, cups, plates, diapers, cleaning supplies, etc. We don't want Cree breathing in any harsh chemicals. We try to be conscious of the amount of trash we have. Having a water filter allows us to be aware of not using too many water bottles. Since I am not able to hand wash due to my schedule, I use Seventh Generation laundry detergent and I feel less guilty. And yes, Cree will definitely grow up being aware of ways he can contribute to his environment.
ESSENCE.com: Are there any foods you refuse to give him?
MOWRY: Cree only eats organic foods. He does not eat any processed sugars -- our favorite food for him is Yummy Spoonfuls. It was started by a woman named Agatha from Africa, who has educated me on the importance of providing good quality foods to our children from a young age. The only sugars Cree eats are those from fruits.
ESSENCE.com: What are some fun ways you advise moms to teach kids about living greener lives?
MOWRY: Involve them in recycling with a fun-colored recycling bin. Let them decorate and style their own bin. Let them recycle as a chore and collect a reward at the end! There are a lot of fun things you can do to get your kids involved.