There’s something about celebs that we just can’t get enough of. Even if you’re not an avid TMZ fan or watch the E! channel religiously, chances are you still read about the latest exploits on tabloid headlines while waiting in line at the grocery store.
But let’s venture outside the quickie weddings and latest fashion faux pas and look at the celebs who are making a statement for the environment. While we give a big round of applause to Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for their major efforts both at home and abroad, let’s take a look at some other big names that are making a big difference.
Here’s a look at the celebs that are making lifestyle changes, green investments and talking a big game for the environment.
Whether jetting around town in their hybrids or investing some dough in solar power, these celebs live by the motto “Actions speak louder than words.”
Gweneth Paltrow has made it clear she wants her family to grow up green and credits her kids as motivation for her lifestyle change. Not only does the actress drive a Toyota Prius, but Gwinnie and her family (including rocker husband Chris Martin) eat organic and locally grown foods.
Oh, how we love Adrian Grenier (aka Vinny Chase) as he zips around L.A. in his Prius. But the Hollywood hunk (sorry, we had to use some tabloid phrases) is also co-host of Planet Green’s Alter Eco and has tried to convince the producers of HBO’s Entourage to trade in Vinny’s gas-guzzling Hummer for a hybrid.
In real life, Grenier lives in an eco mansion, insulated with recycled blue jeans and outfitted with reclaimed floors and solar panels.
Seinfeld’s quick-witted beauty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has been a devout environmentalist before it was “eco-chic.” In fact, the actress has been involved with organization like Heal the Bay, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Trust for Public Land. And there’s no place like home – Louis-Dreyfus’ entire house is a testament to the environment as it’s completely solar-powered and energy efficient.
These celebs put their money where their mouth is by voicing their concerns and taking action for the environment. From blogs to rallies, these celebs will do just about anything to be heard – even if it means going to jail for it.
When Daryl Hannah touts her eco cred, she’s earned it. The actress lives her life away from the Hollywood glamour on a sustainable farm in Colorado. But her most interesting attribute is her gumption and courage for standing up and risking her reputation (and freedom).
In 2006, the actress chained herself to a walnut tree to prevent the bulldozing of an urban farm in Los Angeles. First came the handcuffs, next came jail time. But in spite of that, the actress says she wasn’t even worried about herself. All she could think about in the tiny cell was the farm that was being destroyed.
As Vogue magazine’s “Queen of Green,” Cameron Diaz has been a long-time supporter for the environment. But don’t call her a hero – in fact, she gets annoyed with the fanfare and says she’s just a normal person.
While she drives a Prius, she states that celebs shouldn’t get kudos for making a good decision. “It’s just a car,” she told Vogue. “It’s a choice people can make.”
Diaz is a part of Al Gore’s circle and has attended training sessions for his climate talks as well. When she’s not spending time training, she’s staying connected online. In a recent interview with Marie Claire, the starlet named her top green Internet sites, including little ol’ Earth911.com (thanks Cam)!
We couldn’t leave Ed Begley Jr. off our list. This guy does it all. Not only does he live in a solar-powered home, has one of the greenest morning routines ever (he powers his toaster with a stationary bike!) and has his own brand of eco-friendly cleaners, but the actor also has his own reality show where millions can get an up-close look at his green lifestyle.
“It’s something a lot of people care about, and I think people years ago saw the connection with our consumption and some of the very-easy-to-quantify problems right here in L.A., like smog, and then the big-picture items [like] global warming,” he told Grist. “Also, people see the connection, I think, between our dependence on Mid-East oil and our national security.”
What’s the best way to get the public involved? Give them something tangible that they can become a part of. This is exactly what these celebs are doing. While some are making good money off their ventures, chances are the ultimate reward comes in a different form.
We like to call Justin Timberlake a quadruple threat: actor, singer, dancer, environmentalist. He may be new to the green scene, but he has no doubt made a grand entrance. Timberlake recently opened his new golf course in Memphis, Tenn., which he invested $16 million into making it the greenest golfing destination in the U.S.
While golf courses generally aren’t eco-friendly, Timberlake touts that this one is pretty impressive. The course features irrigation systems that maximize the use of rainwater, native landscaping and electric golf carts powered by solar panels.
Now, even your makeup can be eco-friendly. Model Josie Maran says motherhood inspired her to go green and create a non-toxic cosmetics line.
Her moisturizer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, liner and lip gloss are made without parabens, petrochemicals, animal testing or fragrances. Even the packaging is recyclable or biodegradable!
Two greenie celebs, Alanis Morissette and Woody Harrelson, have teamed up to promote the launch of reco® Jeans, a new line of eco-friendly jeans made of recycled materials. reco takes pieces of excess fabric – that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill – to construct the jeans. These materials come from surplus items from retail stores and include a mixture of fabrics including cotton, spandex, polyester, ramie, nylon, linen and wood, among others.
While the list of celebs making a difference goes on and on, these stars are making headlines for all the right reasons. And, most importantly, they’re giving us yet another guilty pleasure: green gossip!