Celebrity parents go green

From Johnny Depp and his solar technology to Sarah Jessica Parker and her hand-me-downs, the stars are doing their bit for the planet

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  • Top star greens

    As we all try to do our eco best by recycling our rubbish and choosing to walk rather than hop in the car, many celebrities are going one better.

    Check out the large and growing breed of eco-conscious celeb parents who believe that living green is the smart way to lead a guilt-free, showbiz lifestyle…

  • Earth Mamas (& Papas)

    Celebs: Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox & Johnny Depp

    A-list Hollywood star and mum-of-three Julia Roberts has hired a ‘Green Guru’ to teach her how to grow her own produce and make natural homeopathic and cleaning products. Kate Hudson, who has a 5-year-old son Ryder, has launched her own hair care range, which is free from animal products as well as parabens and sulfates.
    Many celeb mums make sure they use only natural products on their little ones including Courtney Cox, Nicole Richie and Tori Spelling. But outdoing all of these green stars is dad-of- two Johnny Depp (pictured) who has built his own ecologically-sound island home in the Bahamas, which runs on solar hydrogen technology.

  • Fair Parents

    Celebs: Bill Gates, Chris Martin, Stella McCartney

    There’s never been much doubt about the green credentials of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, dad to Apple and Moses. Chris has been combining rock’n’roll with agriculture through his work with Oxfam and the Make Trade Fair campaign helping third world.

    Microsoft billionaire and father-of-three Bill Gates donates a reported 52% of his fortune to charitable causes, to fight extreme poverty, child labour and third world debt.

    Fashion designer, Stella McCartney (pictured), is no doubt teaching her three children about respect and fairness for animals as part of her support for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). She’s dedicated to using vegetarian based materials in all of her collections and organic clothing – with proceeds going to animal rights organisations.

  • Recycle Queens

    Celebs: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cate Blanchett, Sheryl Crow

    Recycling goods and resources are the key to greenness for celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, who uses the advantage of her $150 million wealth to donate all her designer clothing. SJP also admits that her 6-year-old son, James, wears hand-me-down clothes. But don’t expect to see SJP’s twin girls wearing James’ hand-me-downs in a few years’ time.

    Cate Blanchett (pictured) has a different recycling style with her rain-water restoring system she’s installing at a theatre in Sydney.

    Environmentalist Sheryl Crow, who adopted baby Wyatt three years ago, believes in doing whatever you can, no matter how small. She’s designed a reusable tote named ‘A Better Bag’ with the Whole Foods company, which is made from 80% recycled plastic bottles.

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  • The Campaigners

    Celebs: Jamie Oliver, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey

    Former model Jenny McCarthy and her partner Jim Carrey are supporters of the Green Our Vaccines campaign, run by parents of autistic children who believe babies are given too many vaccinations too early in life. Jenny has a six-year-old son Evan who was diagnosed with autism although she told CNN last year he has now ‘recovered’ through a programme of diet and therapy.

    Star of parents-to-be movie, Away We Go, Maggie Gyllenhaal (pictured) is a seasoned climate change campaigner. She’s currently supporting Fisher Price’s Precious Planet range of Baby Gear, announcing the company’s US$250,000 donation to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

    Dad to green-named Poppy, Daisy and Petal, Jamie Oliver is a dedicated campaigner for ethical foods and getting children to eat more healthily. He has recently teamed up with RSPCA to call for tougher animal welfare standards and honesty about how animals are reared within the EU.

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