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from new york city, this is "nightline" with cynthia mcfadden. and good evening. jessica alba may have starred in many movies, but for this wife and mother, her most important role could be something entirely different. alba is on a crew said to eliminate toxic chemicals in our homes. does mommy know best? here's abbey. >> reporter: this is the jessica alba most of us are not used to
seeing. >> this is our customer service. >> reporter: giving us a tour of her company. >> inspiring clothes, whatever's on someone's mind. >> i'd love to hang -- >> reporter: the actress famous for roles in dark angel -- sin city -- >> she grew up, filled out. >> reporter: and the fantastic four is taking on her most serious role yet, warning moms about what she says are the dangers of toxic chemicals in every products he use. >> addresses all those. >> i had an allergic reaction to a baby laundry detergent. >> reporter: she became concern when had she was pregnant. >> i'm an adult, who knows what's going to happen with my baby. i did research and found out there are a lot of toxic chemicals in every day products and i was more horrified to find
out there were toxic chemicals in baby products. because it has healing properties. >> reporter: alba's concern propelled her to be people avoiding synthetic chemicals. she met an author who wrote a guide back. >> i asked him, what products do i buy. well, this company does that one thing, and this company does that one thing. gosh, why isn't there a company that does everything. so stressful. >> reporter: they created honesty company. this is the headquarters? >> yes. >> reporter: a mail order business using ingredients they say are safe and tested unlike conventional products. >> the raw materials inside the products, they don't have to report them or prove they are safe. >> do you want almonds? >> reporter: they are not alone.
for the last seven years allen has made it her mission to avoid chemicals in the home. >> i do everything to stay from chemicals and more toward plant-based ingredients. >> reporter: and everyone in the family lives by her rules. can i have a bite too? >> i want them to be normal and enjoy taking baths. i still let them have their princess toothbrushes and things like that. >> is the cost worth it? happy wife is happy life. the rule in our house is for stuff related to body, health, food, i never complain about that. there are other things, excess clothing and things like that, i'm going to argue more about a pair of shoes than something my kid's going to bathe in. >> reporter: we grew up with the brands still in the grocery stores today. if a product is in the store, you want to think it's safe. you assume that it's safe. >> i think people -- you
outsource your trust to retailers. unfortunately they -- we don't have the regulation in place to hold chemical companies accountable for the toxic chemicals in products. >> reporter: but how much does it cost to live a chemical-free lifestyle? advocates say it can be done on a normal budget. >> we're going to target and i'll show you the areas with the natural selections. go to the area, read the label and make my choice. there's five simple ingredients, if the best part, 97 cents. >> reporter: with demand growing, small businesses are selling beauty products to stainless steel bottles. an alternative to plastic. >> we use only stainless steel and silicone, no plastic. >> reporter: this is amy. >> these were the canaries in
the coal mine, and their reactions to every day baby products made me realize there are some chemicals in the products. >> reporter: it's veritey.com, a website devoted to toxin-free products. she's part chemical policeman and part chemical coach. >> we are going to my first client's house and doing a kitchen cleanup. we are going it look at the products and help her health up her home. >> reporter: she's working with a mother of three today. >> when you see on tv an advertisement, picking up, wiping down their children's toys, okay, so it must be okay, it must be safe. >> just because it's sold in the store, on tv or in the magazine, doesn't mean there's been any kind of regulation for that
product, for the specific ingredients. >> reporter: there are more than 87,000 commercial chemicals. in europe, many are banned, in the u.s., only 11. >> oven cleaners are filled w h withes toens. reduce your use of plastic. i'm not worried about the first ingredient, water. >> reporter: to the nursery. >> i'm wondering about the baby wipes. >> it's found in a lot of personal care products, from deodorant to baby products, but also in anti-freeze. >> reporter: the lotions don't make the cut either. >> fragrance in lotion, it's a no-no. >> they're qualified as trade secret in the industry of personal care. so a company doesn't have to
disclose what's in a fragrance. the reality is that can be 150 more ingredients on this label. >> reporter: but is all this concern an overreaction? u.s. manufacturers say their products are safe. according to the american chemistry council, more than a dozen federal laws govern the manufacture and use of chemicals. and chemistries in every day products are being used safely. many people agree. >> right now i'm cleaning the mirrors and using windex. it's a product i have used and my mom used it. i keep using it. >> reporter: she's a mother of two who says she's not worried about the conventional products in her home. >> the things i use as far as i know do not have chemicals that harm my family. and they work, so i'm not willing to pay more for products who are organic.
>> reporter: she blogs and trumpets her embrace of mass brands. >> these are conventional products that i get at a big box store that are cost effective and keep my house clean. i've never looked at the label for this. so -- and to be honest, i don't care. if it works for me, i'll use it. >> i feel that american families need to be aware that they're being exposed every day to chemicals of unproven toxicity. >> reporter: phil says there are cause for concern. >> we have been looking for carefully at connections between exposures to toxic chemicals in early life and bad developmental outcomes in children. >> the research is saying we need more research, if anything. and right now even though the research is ongoing, we don't have a lot of conclusions. >> it's reasonable to be confident that the products in the stores are safe. they shouldn't be worried about
trace chemicals or low-level risks. >> reporter: jessica alba isn't waiting. nearly two years after starting her company, and 7.5 million products sold, it's grown to 50 items, diapers to lip balm and led-free candles. >> we have a mission and the planet we want to leave our children and our children's children. so we created the solution. >> reporter: i'm abbey, in los angeles. >> so do you pay attention to the chemicals in your home? let us know. tweet us @"nightline." next, met the utah daredevil who is turned their free falls into a dream job. and the squirrel who's got a case of the sleepies. be an even better company -d'o and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here.
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earlier this evening in arizona, two sky divers collided in a fatal mid-air crash. a sobering reminder that a favorite past time for many thrill seekers can be deadly. but for the gopro bomb squad, nothing compares to the jumps on cameras. and when you look at the views, you might understand why. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: it's the ultimate extreme thrill. 5500 feet high above the mountains of northern utah, a
brotherhood of daredevils, defying death as they hang from the skids of a helicopter. seconds away from their big jump. it's the magic these four friends have been making since 2008. marshall miller, jesse hall, neil and j.t. holmes. they formed the gopro bomb squad. >> with your friends, you get to hang out with your friends from a helicopter. >> reporter: "nightline" had full access as they gear up for a jump. and they put us right to work. >> over there by the plane. and -- >> reporter: they used to have day jobs. >> get this party started. >> reporter: in catering, finance and real estate, saving money to travel for dives. then miller approached gopro for sponsorship and turned their hobby into a profession. they won't say how much they're paid, but now they trek the globe. base jumping off mountains in
switzerland and among the fjords of norway, in alaska, pulling off amazing feats with precision, like landing right on the 50 yard line at the raiders game. on the home front, miller it a father of two who ditched his former occupation as a real estate developer. >> i wasn't passionate. i did it because that's what you did, go to college, get a job. whatever. >> reporter: his wife admit's it's taken time, and she hasn't gone up with him. >> be safe, call me as soon as you're done. >> reporter: nicole says that his career change has made him a better father. >> let's go, you ready, big guy? okay, jump in the car. >> reporter: this morning, miller is dropping off the kids at school. and then taking the scenic route
to work. >> yea, that is the playground. >> reporter: a playground with very real risks. >> the scary side is you don't just crash and hurt your wrist or ankle, you crush and you break legs or backs or worse. >> reporter: just last week, a 22-year-old base jumper, daniel moore, seen here in august, was killed when his parachutes opened too late. the third base jumping death in utah this year. as an occupational hazard they prepare for. >> it's dangerous, there's risk involved. we want to recognize that risk and try and manage it smartly. >> who's messing with my gear? >> reporter: after testing the gear, time to make sure the cameras are in place. >> you don't have a dirty lens up there. a big thumbprint.
>> reporter: and neil, who served in afghanistan and iraq is giving me an assignment, a wind meter, a smoke grenade to see the direction of the wind and the radio. >> talk to the helicopter and give us a countdown, and we're going to jump as soon as you say one, go. we jump at go. >> reporter: it's game time, and for the first time, nicole is riding along to watch from up above. once the chopper gets to 5,000 feet, my turn. three, two, one, go. pull the pin. there we go. smoke. from the ground, just specks in the sky. but from above, a bird's-eye view unlike any other. even after thousands of jumps -- it never gets old. >> i got so slammed. like the parachute sometimes opens really hard real fast.
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and we're staying alive on feed frenzy. today, incredible footage of the dramatic rescue seen for the first time. when a chevron boat with 12 people capsized off the coast of nigeria in may, search and rescue divers didn't expect much good news. but then a sign of life. a hundred feet under water, the ship's chef has been tripped in an air bubble underneath the boat for almost three days. >> who are you? >> i'm the cook. >> you're the cook? >> and in belgium, a massive pileup of a hundred cars and
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