10 Environment friendly celebs

Celebs promoting environmental awareness

With the constantly deteriorating environmental conditions everybody’s realizing the importance of using green measures to save our planet earth. And it’s heartening to see so many famous and not so famous celebs endorsing green living and even practicing what they preach. Talk about leading by example! So here’s the list of 10 celebs that have taken to saving the environment seriously and are going great guns with it.

1. Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

Initiatives: The Titanic star is the first name that comes to mind when thinking about green living. He started the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation in 1998 to promote environmental causes and has even worked with Al Gore to preach environment friendly practices across America. He has co-produced documentaries like 11th Hour on global warming and Eco-Town, a reality series documenting the green rebuilding of a Kansas town after a tornado.

Green Living: He drives a hybrid car, opts for commercial airlines and uses bikes. His house in NYC features a fresh filtered air system, rotating solar panels, an in-house water treatment facility and low-emission paints. He’s so obsessed with green living that he even refuses to shower everyday to save water and doesn’t use deodorants either. He certainly is going all the way with ‘green living’.

2. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Initiatives: A difficult combo of being vegetarian and sexy is something that comes naturally to Natalie. She has created her own line of vegan shoes. She also supports groups like Global Green USA which highlight environmental issues on a global scale. She has even made a documentary called “Saving a Species: Gorillas on the Brink” which is about preserving the natural habitats.

Green Living: She drives a hybrid car and is a member of a dance troupe called “World Patrol Kids”. She has been a vegetarian since childhood and is a staunch supporter of animal rights. Natalie has even travelled to Rwanda to help save silver back gorillas and avoids using leather and fur.

3. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Initiatives: Brad’s organization ‘Make It Right’ joined hands with local and national organizations to help build sustainable green homes for the hurricane Katrina affected people of New Orleans. He has donated $5 million to help build houses that are affordable and environmentally sustainable. He has also been involved with Global Green, an NGO which helps build sustainable future living. His superstar wife is no less when it comes to being environmentally responsible. She has donated millions of dollars for the cause of environment and has fought to reinstate successful ecosystem by improving communities.

Green Living: Their multi-cultural environmentally conscious living has set an excellent example for the society to follow. They even plan to build a solar powered theme park in France.

4. Edward Norton

Edward Norton

Initiatives: He has partnered with BP’s Solar Neighbours program to help install solar panels in low-income homes in LA. This is done for free whenever a solar panel is purchased by a celebrity. He also supports other environmental groups like The Wilderness Society & Earth Justice and hosts several environmental programs on NatGeo TV. Edward comes from an environment friendly family. His father was the Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Director of a Nature Conservancy project in China. Even his grandparents created the Enterprise Foundation dedicated to community development and affordable green housing.

Green Living: In 2009, Norton ran NYC marathon to support The Maasai Wilderness Conservation and stood first among the celebrities. Talk about walking (or running in this case) the talk!

5. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Initiatives: This sexy lass has been part of various initiatives like Act Green (works towards conserving energy and reducing reliance on oil), MTV initiative Trippin’ (eco-adventure series educating people on endangered species, energy consumption and environment) and holds a leadership position in Environmental Media Association (advances conservation and sustainable living).

Green Living: She drives a Prius and offsets her carbon foot print neutral.

6. Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah

Initiatives: Daryl has been famous for her hands-on experience with environmental issues. She’s been arrested several times – in 2006 for staging a 23-day tree sit-in to preserve an urban community garden in LA, in 2009 for a protest against mountaintop removal and in 2011 for staging a protest at the White House against Keystone oil pipeline.

Green Living: In 2005 she travelled across America in a bio fuel car and uses the same for herself now. She even has a video blog that focuses on environmental and social issues.

7. Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Initiatives: Stella’s collection has eco-friendly and organic designs. Her studio and website are powered by wind energy and online shoppers are given the option of shipping their organic clothing, shoes and bags in a carbon neutral manner.

Green Living: She’s a dedicated vegetarian.

8. Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Initiatives: Ed Begley Jr. has been a staunch supporter of environmental causes since the 1960s. He has taken up several ‘green’ initiatives like coming up with an eco-based reality TV series (Living with Ed) and even his own website called visitbegleybest.com for environment friendly products.

Green Living: He drives around in a Prius. His house is solar and wind powered. He even uses an all-purpose cleaner which is completely natural and biodegrades in a week.

9. Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Initiatives: This supermodel has been helping the environment by working towards reducing the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills. For this, she has teamed up with PUR water filtration systems and has designed a limited edition of reusable water bottles, the proceeds of which go to developing countries to help decrease water-related diseases.

Green Living: She writes tips for green living for thedaillygreen website and teaches the same to her kids too. This is truly inspirational!

10. Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Initiatives: He travelled to Antarctica with Global Green USA to study the effects of global warming in Polar Regions. He also launched Global Cool, an organization that helps to introduce small, simple steps into people’s routine to curb global warming.

Green Living: His green living efforts were highlighted when his girlfriend revealed that she had issues with his ‘green’ hygiene habits like conserving shower water. He too drives a hybrid car to maintain a clean environment.

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