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 Eva Longoria and Leonardo DiCaprio…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Eva Longoria
If you’re ever fortunate enough to get an invite to actress Eva Longoria’s house, leave your Evian in the car because the luscious Latina has made it clear to guests that ocean-polluting plastic water bottles are verboten in her abode. For her ongoing dedication to keeping our deep blue seas spic and span, I’m bestowing the title of Global Eco Saint on the lovely Ms. Longoria.
I really must applaud the former Desperate Housewife for taking such a strong stand against those plastic pollutants. Since the empty containers that are used to house our precious and pricey Figi H2O are one of the biggest threats to the health of our waterways. Every square mile of the ocean has over 45,000 pieces of plastic floating in it, much of it coming from non-biodegradable water bottles. And while water bottles are designed to be recycled, unfortunately statistics indicate that more than 75% of Americans wind up tossing their bottles straight into the trash bin (I apologise to Mother Earth on behalf of my fellow countrymen).
The irony of all of this is that tests have shown we are not doing our bodies any favours by gulping down bottled water. Plastic from the bottles often leaks into the water it contains, and scientists have found links between these plastics and increased rates of reproductive health issues and cancers.
Eva is doing her part to protect both our oceans and our children, as the brunette bombshell has recently teamed up with Brita to donate water filters to YMCAs to guarantee that the kiddies will quench their thirst with safe and tasty H20. You go girl!
Eco Sinner: Leonardo DiCaprio
There are few things I adore more than calling out celebrities on their eco hypocrisy. Famous folks who ascribe to the “do as a I say, not as I do” aphorism bug the hell out of me! ESPECIALLY when that celebrity happens to be a man whose name has become synonymous with environmental activism. Okay, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The newest Global Cool Eco Sinner is none of than the Godfather of Green, Leonardo DiCaprio! (GASP!)
DiCaprio has made conservation his mission in life, and has gone to great lengths to preserve and protect Mother Earth. Martin Scorsese’s muse has made sizable contributions to eco charities, lives in a clean energy apartment, and runs his errands riding a suped up bicycle. In no way do I mean to diminish all the wonderful things Leo has done to help our planet.
But, when the Academy Award nominated actor jetted 21 of his closest friends down to Brazil just to watch The World Cup live, my internal eco-blunder detector started beeping furiously. You see, even assuming that all DiCaprio’s buddies flew commercially, a roundtrip flight from Las Angeles to Rio de Janeiro is over 13,000 miles. Its just…I mean…that’s a ton of carbon emissions right there only to see the same thing they’d see back home on a 5-foot high high-def Samsung!
Oh, and one other thing. Leo and his friends are living it up on The Topaz – a 482-foot yacht that boasts everything from a top-of the line cinema, to TWO, count ‘em TWO helipads!
It bothers me that Leo advocates so strongly for sustainable living, but throws all his eco morals right out the window when he’s given a chance to host a yacht party in the Carnaval capital of the world! Superstars need to practice what they preach and not just buy their way out of some really wasteful ways by spreading the green elsewhere.
Note: I penned this article prior to June 17, when Leonardo pledged $7 million to Ocean Conservation efforts. Poor timing on my part, but I stand by my decision for eco sinner.
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
Images: PA Images.