6 Of Our Fave Eco-Warrior Celebs
Couldn't love them more.
So it’s become pretty clear that we’ve been f**king up our planet over the years. It’s pretty stressful to think about, but as long as there are people out there staying positive and taking action any way they can, there is definitely hope!
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When you’re a big celeb, you can take action on a scale that other people can’t necessarily take – like creating a campaign that people around the world will watch and be inspired by or donating some of your many millions to a charity.
There are loads of celebs doing great stuff to help protect Mother Earth, but here are some of our absolute fave eco-babes...
“I’m going to be a citizen of this planet, and I’m going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her.”
The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent actress Shailene Woodley has done some epic stuff in her life. Acing lead roles, starring alongside George Clooney, and winning multiple awards (including 5 MTV Movie Awards) it’s safe to say she’s nailing it. But the glitz and glam of Hollywood? She’s not about that life. Her mega passion for the environment means she leads the ultimate hippie-chick lifestyle. And we love her for it.
Multi-millionaire Shailene doesn't buy new clothes, only used ones. She gathers her own spring water from mountains every month, forages wild food, and makes her own toothpaste, body lotion, and face oil. She also eats clay to cleanse and heal her system. Now that is 100% eco-warrior behaviour.
“I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding.”
Ariana Grande isn’t shy about her love for animals and her beliefs about how they should be treated. She has a strict vegan diet, as do Natalie Portman and Ellie Goulding.
Why is going vegan good for the environment? Well, animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases than the combined exhaust from all transport. And it uses an almost incomprehensible amount of water - 2,500 gallons for 1 pound of beef, and 1,000 gallons for 1 gallon of milk - making it responsible for almost a third of all fresh water consumption in the world.
We all know the rainforest is in trouble. From logging and mining, right? Shockingly, clearing land for animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction. It's also the leading cause of species extinction, water pollution, and habitat destruction. And swapping meat for fish isn't much better. For every pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of other sea life is caught and discarded as by-kill. Food for thought, literally.
Jaden Smith is not only pro-environment, he's an actual eco-entrepreneur... which means he's actually getting sh*t done.
His company Just Water is all about selling bottled water as ethically and sustainably as possible. Just Water pays a fair price for the water they use, the packaging is 82% made out of renewable resources like plant-based plastic and sugarcane, and the way it's made reduces CO2 emissions compared to other brands by up to 74%. Unsurprisingly, Just Water is going down a treat in the US.
He also makes his own jeans out of old shirts that would have ended up in landfill. And you thought you were already obsessed...
“We only get one planet.”
Leo is definitely clued up when it comes to climate change. He set up his own foundation in 1998 which supports a whole host of green initiatives. As well as sitting on boards for organisations such as the WWF, and making kick-ass speeches at UN conferences, he’s also produced films about the urgent need to protect our planet before it’s too late.
Oh yeah, and he still makes time to be one of the best actors in the world.
"The water in our toilets in the West is actually cleaner than the water that most people in the developing world have access to.”
Matt Damon’s switched on. Not only has he used his awesome acting to get some of the best film roles out there, he’s used it to get attention for worthwhile causes. At a press conference back in 2013 he dramatically announced he was going on strike from using the toilet. The purpose? To get people to ‘give a sh*t about toilets’ and bring attention and money to water.org – the charity he co-founded to bring better access to clean water.
He even used toilet water for his ALS ice-bucket challenge video, asking others to do the same.
“We don’t have another Earth… at the end of the day we are all sharing the same air, the same water, the same natural resources, and natural resources are finite – you can’t just keep taking and taking and thinking that it’s going to be here forever”.
After retiring from the runway, Gisele set off to dedicate her time to being an activist and advocate for the environment. Having grown up in Brazil thinking of the rainforests as magical and untouchable, Gisele was taken by National Geographic to witness the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest. Her reaction was filmed for their programme ‘Years Of Living Dangerously’, and it was pretty emotional.
As well as using her global fame to raise awareness, she’s launched her own Clean Water Project in her hometown, created a ‘green’ blog reflecting on issues that people can do something about, and due to her long-term commitment to helping the environment, she’s become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations helping to draw attention to environmental issues, as well as winning several other awards for being so goddamn eco-passionate.
Want to join the ranks of eco-warrior like these celebs? Calculate your carbon footprint to see how you can make changes to your lifestyle to protect the planet, and read our handy every day eco tips to help make a difference here.
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