Famous Faces May Inspire Your Green Side

Self on 04.18.11
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The Real Housewives of New York City planted trees with Bette Midler for Earth Day 2008.
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The theme of this year's Earth Day is also a pretty lofty goal. The Earth Day Network is trying to get "A Billion Acts of Green" in place by the Earth Summit on June 4, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . According to the company's Web site, an act can be something completely simple and personal to you, or it can be on a large scale that involves your entire family, company, or community.

As of this writing, there were more than 96 million pledges logged. Some of them were as simple as changing out the light bulbs around the house to energy-efficient ones. Others were a little bit more far-reaching. One woman pledged to "help one million children make rainbows of vegetables and fruits on their lunch trays every day at school." The point of this initiative is to reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability.

If you've already given up plastic water bottles, and you recycle paper and glass, then you're on the right track. But if you're looking to step up your game and want some ideas of what more you could do, Hollywood might just be the place to look. Celebrities have long been involved in environmentally friendly work, and I've compiled a list of areas where you can join them by going green, too.

Eco-Friendly Fashion

There are tons of eco-friendly clothing lines on the market these days, and some are pretty affordable. Our friends at Treehugger.com compiled a list of five lines that stars like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Christina Applegate, and Gwen Stefani are all fans of. Alanis Morissette and Woody Harrelson teamed up to produce a line of jeans made from recycled cotton, making them cheaper than organic cotton. And Natalie Portman is a big fan of vegan shoes, even designing her own line a few years ago.

Responsible Rides

The number of celebrities driving around in a hybrid car is simply too many to count, so we'll just fill you in on a few of our favorite famous parents who tote their kids around in a greener ride. Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Silverstone, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, and Susan Sarandon all drive some form of hybrid car.

Musicians are jumping on the green train, too. Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, and Melissa Etheridge are just a few of the rockers who use biodiesel to run their tour buses.

Environmental Education

Education is key, and the children are the future. That's why so many celebrities think it's important to teach children about the environment and how they can protect it. Malin Akerman recently spent time with the students of 186th Street Elementary School planting trees. Musician Jack Johnson co-founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to promote eco-education in Hawaii's schools. And Nicole Richie and First Lady Michelle Obama work to promote organic gardens in schools.

Earth Day is only a few days away (April 22), so if you're inspired to change your habits or get involved with an eco-focused group, today's the day to start. That way, you can celebrate the Earth with a green conscience.

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