While they may go glam for the red carpet, some celebrities care just as much about going green. From contributing to an eco-friendly cause to starting their own foundation, these A-list artists are serving up environmental inspiration.
Singer Sheryl Crow often takes her environmental activism on the road, most evident with her 2007 Stop Global Warming College Tour. Her past concerts have included eco-villages that house booths with information from a wide variety of environmental groups, biodegradable and compostable catering and reusable water bottles.
These days, Crow is making environmentalism fashionable by teaming with the denim recycling program Blue Jeans Go Green. This program is asking consumers to recycle used denim to help rebuild New Orleans by insulating houses. “It’s a really simple way to help the environment, help communities in need and complete an environmental cycle that begins on the farm and ends with us,” said Crow.
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When he’s not doubling as Vincent Chase in “Entourage,” actor Adrian Grenier uses his fame much differently than his alter ego. After co-producing the Discovery series about green lifestyle, “Alter Eco,” Grenier co-founded the lifestyle platform SHFT, which provides information on sustainable living through film, design, art and food.
Grenier recently partnered with Dell computers as their “Social Good Advocate”, aka environmental watchdog, spreading the word about the company’s environmental goals.
Like Crow, Brad Pitt is a big New Orleans activist. He has dedicated countless hours to build green, affordable housing to families in New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina. Through his Make It Right Foundation, Pitt helped to build 150 green homes, which was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as the largest, and most eco-friendly neighborhood of single-family homes.
His love of architecture (as evident by his furniture line Pitt-Pollaro), is felt around the world in his efforts to build environmentally-friendly buildings and sustainable designs.
“It’s more important than you think,” is the former “Carrie Diaries” actress’ tagline for her environment cause, Recycle Across America. This non-profit aims to simplify recycling so people not only start recycling, but do so the right way.
AnnaSophia Robb is so dedicated to the cause, she has said she’ll dive into a dumpster just to help recycle a water bottle.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s passion about preserving and protecting the earth led him to establish The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which aims to “create a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.”
The foundation’s goals reach climate change, disaster relief, protecting endangered species and providing clean water, among other issues. His work was recognized in 2014 by the Clinton Foundation at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards.
As the current Global Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, supermodel Gisele Bundchen uses her celeb status to help the UN bring attention to environmental issues.
Her work, which includes a flip-flop line to call attention to the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforest, as well as the Clean Water Project, was awarded the Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard Medical School. Bundchen also received the Best Green International Celebrity Award.
Taking a cue from DiCaprio, “Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in 2010 to educate people on having a positive environmental impact.
The foundation does this by collecting and distributing funds to other non- and for-profits partners, to help global conservation, green energy development and creating awareness, particularly among youth.
Hayden Panettiere may play a rising country star on “Nashville,” but in real life she has been recognized for being a rising star in environmental activism.
Honored at the 2013 Environmental Media Awards with the Futures Award, Panettiere’s passion to ecological causes lends itself to the Whaleman Foundation – an oceanic research and conservation group that aims to protect oceans and sea creatures. Her passion for the ocean’s inhabitants have led her to risk her life to save dolphins from being harmed by fishermen.