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 Kristen Bell and Taylor Swift…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Kristen Bell
Thanks to her affinity for Comic-con and her legendary love of gaming, House of Lies actress Kristen Bell has already earned the status of ‘Geek Goddess’ within the nerd community, and now she’s nabbed the title of Global Cool Eco Saint too!
Krissy recently sat down with the fine folks at the Huffington Post to discuss her earth-friendly beauty regimen. And since the petite powerhouse is currently an ambassador for Neutrogena Naturals, a line of sulfate-free, organic skincare products, it’s only NATURAL that Bell would give credit to Neutrogena for the condition of her exquisite epidermis.
One of the best things about Neutrogena Naturals is that they are made by an all-around sustainably-minded company. In addition to using recyclable packaging materials for the product line, Neutrogena Naturals’ have made sure that their website is fueled by solar power and other renewable energy sources. Their ‘Green Server’ actually allows Neutrogena’s site to run completely “off the grid”!
As for Kristen Bell, she knows that keeping a healthy complexion involves not just using top-tier beauty products, but also taking precautions to shield the outermost part of who we are – our incredibly delicate skin – from the effects of an unhealthy environment. As Ms. Bell so astutely points out:
“Just being conscious of the fact that your skin is the largest organ that you own and it is absorbing things on a daily basis. Whether it’s the rain that hits the skin, the smog you’re walking through or your moisturizer that you put on during the day, [skin's] a living, breathing sponge.”
Kristen got me to thinking. Anti-tobacco campaigns have had great success with those posters of prune-faced young smokers who look more like septuagenarians than the twenty-somethings they are. Maybe we can employ a similar tactic to make individuals more mindful of the dermal damage caused by air pollution. A campaign that appeals to our vanity; what a concept!
Anyhow, Kristen, your affection for our planet makes me want to call you, not Veronica Mars, but rather Veronica EARTH!! (*crickets chirping*)
Eco-Sinner: Taylor Swift
There are few celebs that I have more of a love/hate relationship with, than the chart-topping singer, Ms. Taylor Swift. I find her whole ‘perpetual victim’ shtick to be incredibly irritating. Yet when one of her tunes comes on the radio, God help me if I don’t belt out that man-hating anthem as if it had been ME dumped by [insert name of second-tier male celebrity]!
Anyhow, perhaps inspired by her obsession with the NYC-based T.V. show Girls, Tay Tay opted to purchase property in a hip section of Lower Manhattan known as TriBeCa. I completely understand why a performer like Swift would want to live in a neighborhood that is renowned for its rich artistic community, but I’m a little confused as to the reasons behind Taylor’s decision to acquire two separate TriBeCa lofts, rather than settle into a single studio apartment? Even if she IS the reigning queen of ‘he done me wrong’ songs, I can’t excuse the blatant wastefulness, which is exactly why I’m naming whiny warbler Taylor Swift as this week’s greatest Eco Sinner!!
The pair of apartments procured by the Mean singer combine to form one super-sized 8000 square foot duplex. Do you know how much power it takes to heat 8,000 square feet of cathedral-ceilinged NYC real estate? I don’t, but I’m sure it’s a lot!
The main issue with these mega-homes isn’t the amount of raw materials necessary to construct them, but has more to do with the energy needed to keep them running. And you just know her new digs are going to be littered with electrical appliances, like the televisions that she’ll no doubt have in every single one of her NINE bedrooms! Though I doubt Swifty is going to have all those Panasonics playing at once, they’ll continue to drain power even when they’re turned off thanks to the ‘phantom load’ phenomenon (that sounds WAY more foul than it actually is).
And phantom loads are probably going to become a major issue for the Grammy-award winner, since Taylor has no plans to reside in The Big Apple full-time. At most, the country crooner will spend a few weeks out of the year living in her matching townhouses. The rest of the year, the red-lipped lady will be splitting her time between her mansion in Beverly Hills, her penthouse in Nashville and her beachfront estate in Rhode Island, leaving those twin NYC lofts silent except for the collective hum of their unattended electronics.
Taylor, you’ve got hundreds of millions of youngsters imitating your every move and in many ways you’re proving to be a stellar role model to them. But on the environmental awareness front, you are wasting your power just as surely as your empty houses are wasting theirs. How ‘bout writing a song about Mother Earth next time, Tay? You know SHE’LL never let you down!
And here’s that goat vid again, just because it still makes us giggle…
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
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