Because living like a celebrity doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
We love to keep up to date with everything that’s going down in celebsville. So to keep you in the loop too, each week we’ll be picking a green A-lister who will become a venerated Eco Saint and an environmentally-discourteous super star to be branded with the title of Eco Sinner. This week, it’s judgement day for Naomi Watts and Rihanna…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Naomi Watts
Celebrities are quick to talk about how ‘WE’ all must abandon our wasteful to preserve our planet, but only a few A-listers really practice what they preach. So many of the glitterati are only too happy to pose for the paps when caught in the act of recycling a coffee cup.
But, this week I have found a celeb who not only talks the green talk, but also walks the green walk! In fact, actress Naomi Watts doesn’t really do much preaching about environmental issues at all. She lets her earth-friendly practices speak for themselves. Like cycling quietly around the streets of Manhattan with her family on a four-person bicycle and not screaming “LOOK AT ME” as she does it. For these reasons, I’ve selected the humble Ms. Watts as Global Cool’s newest Eco Saint!
The two-time Oscar nominee actually has quite the impressive collection of bicycles and has a specific use for each and every one of them. Naomi’s got a gorgeous cream-colored bike for trips to the neighborhood farmer’s market (Bonus points for buying locally-sourced groceries, Nay!). She’s also got a shiny, black Marin equipped with a safety seat for her son Sammy, so the St. Vincent’s actress can enjoy some special ‘mommy and me’ time with her baby boy. Oh, and when Naomi needs to run a quick, child-free, errand, the low key super star simply rents a cycle from Citi Bike, NYC’s premier bike share system. But, the dopest wheels in the Watts-Schreiber household would have to be the WorkCycles family tandem bike I mentioned earlier. This remarkable four-seater allows Naomi and hubby Liev Schreiber to comfortably chauffeur their two little toeheads to school in sustainable style!
I’d like to thank Ms. Watts for reminding us that there are bicycles designed for every purpose and every situation. We have absolutely no excuse for letting our bikes languish in the hall closet. So, let’s put our cars in park, hop on our Huffys, and give Mother Earth a reprieve from the toxic engine exhausts our vehicles spew into her atmosphere!
Eco Sinner: Rihanna
Barbadian pop star, Rihanna, has never hidden her affinity for hides. The chart-topping singer has had a love affair with fur lasting far longer than any of her troubled relationships. Whether it’s in the form of a stole, coat, shawl, or hat, you can bet your bootie Ri-Ri will want that carcass for her collection.
Rihanna doesn’t just save her furs for the high profile events, either. For Rihanna, fur is as routine a part of her workout gear as spandex is for the rest of us, and when the platinum recording artist was in NYC last week, she was seen dressed in casual kicks, an oversized sweatshirt, and a fox fur stole.
Once again, Rihanna, your penchant for pelts has garnered you a spot as Eco Sinner of the week. Welcome back.
Maybe it’ll help the singer to forfeit the skins if she realizes the problem with wearing fur isn’t ONLY about killing the planet’s defenseless creatures; it’s about a direct assault on Ol’ Mother Earth herself!
You see, the animal skin used to stitch together floor-length mink coats and chinchilla capelets, must be preserved in environmentally-toxic chemicals like chromium and formaldehyde in order to keep the pelts from rotting. (FYI, formaldehyde is the fluid morticians use to embalm cadavers. I personally wouldn’t want that chemical anywhere NEAR my living body! That’s totally tempting fate!)
Well, Rihanna, if sporting a coat drenched in carcinogens doesn’t give you pause, how about this little not-so-fun fact from the folks at the Fur Free Alliance: “Many fur farmers and processors have been fined for releasing toxic waste into the environment. Far from being “natural, renewal resources,” real fur products consume more of our precious and irreplaceable energy resources than do those made from synthetic materials.”
And did I mention that the animal waste produced by the poor creatures on those wretched fur farms often leaches out into nearby lakes and rivers, killing fish, and completely devastates local underwater ecosystems? Or, that there are also extreme eco-hazards involved in the practice of animal disposal?
Rihanna, you are one of the most stunningly-gorgeous women in the world. You could wear a potato sack and still look amazing. Fur only serves to shift the focus away from your beautiful countenance and onto the dead carcass draped around your shoulders. Please, Ri; bring the attention back to your flawless face and wave goodbye to your furry wardrobe forever!
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
All images: PA Images.