Live (Green) Like a Celebrity
Most celebrities are known for their extravagance, but many have made strides in living leaner, "greener" lives by choosing to be more environmentally-friendly. We can learn a lot from them because being greener often means cheaper too! Here are a few of Hollywood's environmental all-stars and tips on how we can live green like them.
Ed Begley, Jr. is the ultimate green celebrity. The actor-turned-environmentalist has been living the green life for more than forty years. Ed's green credentials could fill several pages; he sits on numerously environmental councils, has written several books and starred in a reality TV show that chronicled his quest to reduce his carbon footprint. Ed lives in a solar- and thermal-powered home and drives an electric car - when he's not riding his bicycle, that is. (Ed has famously biked to numerous Hollywood events, including the Academy Awards.) Oh, and he also has his own line of green cleaning products called Begley's Best.
Live Like Ed: While not everyone can be the environmental superhero that Ed is simple “edits” to your lifestyle can help improve the world around us and save hundreds of dollars in the long run. Take a cue from Ed and try biking or walking whenever possible. Not only will you save money on fuel and car maintenance, but you will help reduce the amount of emissions and exhaust in the air. An added bonus it that you will be doing something healthy for yourself, too!
Cate Blanchett is also a longtime advocate for green and sustainable living. She recently participated in the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative to dress celebrities in sustainable fashion on the red carpet and is a proponent for solar energy. Cate and her husband – while serving as co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theater Company in Australia – were heavily involved in converting the theater to a solar power array, which now provides 70% of the theater's operating power. Cate and her family also use solar power in their home.
Live Like Cate: Going solar in your home or business is a great way to cut back on energy expenses and your carbon footprint, too. Many states offer tax incentives for those who use solar power. Not sure if you are ready to make the commitment? Start small. My parents began the change over to solar power about ten years ago, starting out with just a few solar panels on the shed in their backyard. Those panels harvested enough energy to power a generator and few small appliances. Now, the folks use solar power throughout their entire home!
Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company after becoming frustrated by the lack of non-toxic, affordable household and baby care products on the market. The company prides itself on providing products that are "not only effective, but unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable – everyone should have it." The Honest Company maintains low prices for all of its high-quality products and offers product bundles at a significant discount. (Plus, free shipping on all orders over $50!) It also offers free trial kits for items including diapers, vitamins, cleaning, personal care and other essentials.
Live Like Jessica: Just because a product is good for you - and the environment - does not mean that it is good for your savings account. It is no secret that many lower-priced products are not exactly environmentally-friendly. But this does not mean you have to settle for a harmful product. With a bit of research you can find companies, like Jessica's, that offer natural products at a discount. You can also find ways of making your own cleaning and personal care products for a fraction of the cost.
Actress and environmentalist Sara Gilbert wrote the book on eco-friendly living – literally. Her book, The Imperfect Environmentalist, presents a realistic approach toward gradually greening your lifestyle. The book not only provides detailed explanations of the impact that various lifestyle choices have on the environment, but offers suggestions for how to improve your situation. Sara presents her suggestions on a sliding scale, so you can take action no matter what your current financial status may be: “I'm Donald Trump”, “Okay, I've Got My Own Place, but I've Also Got Credit Card Debt” and “I'm Sleeping on My Friend's Couch and Eating Ramen Noodles.”
Live Like Sara: One of the great things about this book is that the live-greener tips are already included! For example, when Sara discusses the benefits of using chemical-free moisturizers, she recommends purchasing skincare products from Europe (where toxic ingredients are banned). However, since not everyone can afford this, she also suggests using natural oils, such as olive or coconut, as cheap and chemical-free moisturizer alternatives.
Living green is not just for the Hollywood elite. You can take a cue from the celebs to save the environment and save money, too!