Eco-Friendly Celebrities: Who is doing what and why?

 

 

Celebrity activists use their established platforms to raise awareness about global issues. There are plenty of celebrities that have spoken about climate change and the environment, with some even launching sustainable and eco-friendly companies.

 

But, who are these celebrities and why are they doing what they do?

 

 

 

Miranda Kerr

‘[We] need to protect our natural environment because it supports our life – it really is that simple.’ Kerr is an avid environmentalist, making sure that all aspects of her life are healthy and sustainable. In her Malibu home, she has state-of-the-art technology that ensures her home is as eco-friendly as can be. This technology includes the Skywater 3000 which draws moisture from the air and provides water for the whole house as well as the waterfall in her garden.

In 2009, Kerr launched her own organic skincare brand ‘Kora.’ Using natural and organic ingredients, she prides herself on using products that are vegan and a healthier alternative to other skincare brands on the market. Not only are the products kind to your skin, but they are kind to the environment – there are no herbicides or pesticides added.

 
 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Since he was a child, DiCaprio has been interested in the environment. His love for the natural world has led him to be one of the biggest celebrity activists in the world. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was established in 1998 and spreads awareness of environmental issues. He has also donated millions to various environmental organisations and spoken openly about the state of the planet.

He has used his platform to stand up for ethnic minorities, underprivileged communities, and those who are currently affected by the effects of climate change. He has campaigned for change for decades and there is no doubt that he will continue to do so. 

 

Christy Turlington Burns

There seems to be no better face for H&M’s conscious range than Christy Turlington. She has worked in the fashion industry for decades and understands just how damaging it is for the environment. She places importance on re-using and recycling within the industry and believes that creating pieces from recycled materials is ‘inspiring.’

Turlington promotes innovation within the industry and appreciates the dedication of brands in order to ensure a more sustainable future for the fashion world.

 
 
 
 

Emma Watson

During the Beauty and the Beast press tour, Watson set up an Instagram called @the_press_tour, showing all of the sustainable fashion brands she wore during the film’s tour. Watson is a huge advocate for sustainable brands, showing that you can be a fashion icon with a small carbon footprint. Watson has dedicated her career to human rights and fair trade, especially within the fashion industry.

She is a big supporter of Good on You and what stands for: ‘On the red carpet we’re often asked not what we are wearing but ‘who.’ Fashion is a way to express yourself, and choosing to wear brands that are sustainable and transparent reflects her dedication to the environment and the importance of knowing where your clothes come from.

 

Grace Beverley

Starting of as a fitness account on Instagram, Grace quickly gained a lot of followers and became a major influencer for teenage girls. A graduate from Oxford University, she has launched a few businesses over the years. Her most recent activewear brand, TALA, has shot to popularity because of its core philosophy of sustainability. TALA uses plastic bottles and factory offcuts to create high-quality and affordable activewear. She recently hosted pop-up stores in LA and London and even had card machines made from ocean plastics – her attention to detail is something to be admired!

Beverley transitioned to veganism in 2018 for ethical and health reasons. She regularly posts her meals on her Instagram and her new fitness app ‘Shreddy’ includes meal plans which are vegan.

 
 

John Abraham

We all have the power to protect mother nature, ourselves, and others around us. Bollywood actor John Abraham believes that everyone should take care of others and our environment. The Power A Light Initiative provides solar power to rural villages across India, ensuring light for all in an eco-friendly way.

Abraham has been an eco-warrior since before his acting career and he calls it ‘a way of life.’ He is a vegetarian and campaigns for animal rights as well as promoting a lifestyle that reduces waste, protects animals, and avoids plastic.

 

Don Cheadle

The UN Goodwill Ambassador has been vocal about climate change and raising awareness. In 2016, he sold his infamous California home. This house was made to be eco-friendly, with solar panels, plants that can survive droughts, and energy-conserving appliances.

Cheadle was involved in the UN’s ‘Seal the Deal’ campaign which was a public service announcement raising awareness about climate change. He is very active in campaigning and often speaks about the importance of caring for our planet – ‘I hope to use my ‘celebrity’ to motivate people and contribute to moving our global society back from the brink.’

 
 
 
 
 

Shailene Woodley

Recently, Woodley has been raising awareness about single-use plastics. She has partnered with Parley for the Oceans and American Express, launching a campaign that cleans our beaches from ocean plastics. Not only does Woodley campaign against single-use plastics, but she educates people on self-care.

Being self-aware and understanding what you can do to protect the environment means becoming more active in your day-to-day life, rather than passively living. Focusing on what you are using and why you are using it is a great way to begin minimising your plastic usage. Woodley promotes a conscious lifestyle, one where you are protecting the environment and also you mental and emotional wellbeing.

 

Ben Affleck

Batman isn’t the first person that pops into your head when you think of eco-friendly celebrities. But Affleck is a lover for sustainability – he drives a hybrid car and had been for years. The hybrid car he drives conserves energy and also drives cleaner and more efficiently, making it extremely environmentally friendly.

In 2010, Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative. This foundation creates new opportunities for the communities in Eastern Congo, working toward a sustainable future for its society.

 

 
 

Cate Blanchett

This Oscar winning actor has been a leading activist in Hollywood. She campaigns for the environment because of the future of our children. Future generations need protecting from a very uncertain future, especially by those who won’t be around to see it.

Not only has she worked to personally reduce her own carbon footprint, but she has been involved in a huge amount of campaigns, from Solar Aid (solar panels for disadvantaged African communities) to The Australian Conservation Foundation (educating communities to ensure a healthy and flourishing future).

All of these celebrities (and more) are using their status to raise awareness and provide funding to companies that are working to save our planet and ensure a safe, successful, and thriving environment for the future generations. These celebrities are not just actors and models, but they are activists fighting for our environment.

 
 

+ Words: Shaelei Parmar

Shaelei Parmar is a Fashion and Sustainability Blogger. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Drama and is beginning her journey as a writer and sustainable consumer. She has her own Blog ( https://shaestyles.blog/).

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