Hollywood is going green!
On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day. In celebration, let’s take a look at five green celebrity moms who inspire others to protect Mother Nature.
Look through our list of high-profile eco-friendly mamas who minimize their carbon footprint.
- Jessica Alba:
Little Fockers star Jessica Alba partnered with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families when she was pregnant with her second daughter Haven, now 8 months, to help raise awareness of the hidden toxic chemicals in consumer products.
In a letter of advocacy, the eco-friendly mama encourages everyone to become aware of this environmental issue.
Together we are fighting for a strong federal system to put common sense limits on toxic chemicals,” Jess writes. “We believe in an America where moms and dads don’t have to hold a chemistry degree to have a safe home. We believe in an America where pregnant women like myself don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals in on our wombs.”
When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been,” she says on Honest.com. “It’s the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”
And she didn’t stop there! The Fantastic Four star – who is also mom to 3 1/2-year-old daughter Honor – just penned her first book, The Honest Life which details some of her own tips and tricks to help families lead a more eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle.
I’m not extreme. This book is for people who are in the middle but want to create a healthier life, like me,” she said.
- Natalie Portman:
A strong animal-rights advocate, Natalie Portman became a vegetarian at 9-years-old. She became a vegan in 2009 and does not eat animal products or wear fur, feathers, or leather. In 2007, she launched a vegan shoe line.
While the new mom admits she prefers flats over heels, she says it’s great to have stylish choices that don’t compromise her values.
It’s just nice to have a choice like everyone else and still be friendly to animals,” the new mom said.
The Academy Award-winner, who started recycling as a young child, went back to being vegetarian during her first pregnancy with son Aleph, now 10-months.
I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff,” she said. “I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of stuff.”
The green mom practices what she preaches from the shoes on her feet to the rock on her finger! The brunette beauty and her new husband, ballet star Benjamin Millepied, wear conflict free and recycled jewelry.
“I designed the rings worn by Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman,” Hollywood, jeweler Jamie Wolf said. “They were made with recycled platinum and conflict free diamonds.”
Alongside fellow celeb mom Kyra Sedgwick, Natalie’s video on National Geographic inspires people to use fluorescent bulbs to reduce electric bills and help reverse the effects of global warming. “This bulb can help save the planet,” Natalie states.
- Alicia Silverstone:
Alicia Silverstone is one outspoken green mama! The actress caused quite a stir with her recent video, feeding 11-month-old son Bear Blu mouth-to-mouth on her eco-friendly blog The Kind Life.
She writes: “I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine.”
Alicia, 35, and her husband Christopher Jarecki live in a Los Angeles home with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. The Clueless star is an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues and became a vegan in 1998. She shares her eco-friendly tips on her official website.
The Kind Life is an interactive extension of my book, “The Kind Diet”, which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!,” Alicia writes on her blog. “The site is whatever you make of it; whether it’s joining the many others who are on this same journey or simply visiting to gather information and other tips. Whatever you need, you will find it here. I will be sharing all kinds of tasty morsels with you; from fashion and beauty tips, to simple ways that we can help the planet! By the time you’re done with your visit, your mouth will be watering and you will surely want to crash here forever. So come on in, kick off your shoes and check out all sorts of recipes, my favorite foods, nutritional information from doctors that are in the book, the very best restaurants, amazing travel discoveries, party planning tips, ways to make sure your house is as healthy and green as possible, great pet care tips, and so much more.”
Alicia is also vocal about elimination communication, the eco-friendly potty training technique coined by Ingrid Bauer, author of Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene.
When Bear Blu was 5-months-old, the proud mama tweeted, “[S]aturday bear blu went poo and pee on toilet 4x throughout the day…we were so proud! “Check out book Diaper Free..soo fun!” The actress added, “yesterday bear did 2 poops in toilet….so sweet! i’m saving so many diapers…even cloth ones….yahoooo! and it’s so fun!”
- Julia Roberts:
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts lives a green lifestyle in her sustainably-designed home which is solar powered and built with woods from responsibly-managed forests. And she helps spread the word about the importance of making eco-friendly choices in interviews and by practicing what she preaches.
Motherhood is the big reason I started thinking more critically about the environment and global warming,” Julia said.
The mom to 7-year-old twins Hazel and Finn and son Henry, 4 1/2, with husband Danny Moder, talked about eco-friendly tips when their kids were in diapers.
We make a lot of garbage,” Julia said. “How can we make less garbage? This is our plight. I use Seventh Generation (chlorine-free, non-toxic) diapers for Finn and Hazel, and then I was turned on to the (plastic-free, flushable) gDiapers [for Henry]. It is flushable, but you’ve got to stir that thing! If you don’t really break it all the way up, it doesn’t go all the way down.”
In addition to her waste-management solutions, the 44-year-old mom totes her reusable canvas bags to all of her shopping excursions, uses only organic household cleaners, and reportedly cuts back on showering to help conserve water.
And she says being green can be fun!
The children love it and I think it’s the best training for them,” Julia said. “I think when children know their food sources they’re more inclined to eat what they’re growing because they’re so proud of it. To watch my kids eat kale is a pretty proud moment for me as a mom.”
- Gisele Bündchen:
Supermodel mom Gisele Bündchen has been a longtime environmentalist. The Brazilian beauty recently created an animated Web series called Gisele and The Green Team. The goal?
To find ways to educate kids and adults about a subject very important to me and what should be to them, saving the planet,” Gisele said.
Though she’s long been an advocate of going green, Gisele says that her children – she’s mom to 2-year-old son Benjamin with hubby Tom Brady and stepmother to 4-year-old Jack – have made the importance of the message really hit home.
I had my first munchkin, Jack (Tom Brady’s son with Bridget Moynahan), before I gave birth to Benjamin,” Gisele said. “After spending so much time with Jack I saw how he wanted to play with the stuff I was using instead of the toys we bought him. In terms of clothes, I bought Jack so many clothes and am now using them for Benjamin. Look, when I was growing up my sisters and I wore hand-me-downs and am now doing the same thing. This all goes back to my motto: Reduce, recycle and reuse. The more we buy the more we encourage the manufacturers to produce more stuff.”
Also a fan of elimination communication, Gisele said baby Benjamin was potty trained at 6-months-old! How did she do it?
The model mom said that Benjamin was on a schedule including breastfeeding in the morning and afternoon, promptly followed by a bowel movement, making it easy for her to put him on the toilet and eliminate the use of a diaper. Of the process she said,
Give it about five minutes, and bang,” admitting with a laugh that she realizes the process is actually, “more complicated.”