Eco-Celebs

Eco-friendly, FairTrade lover, Chris Martin - front man of Coldplay
Eco-friendly, FairTrade loving, Chris Martin - front man of Coldplay

The world of celebrity is so mightily powerful; in truth, it’s probably immeasurable.

One of my hopes in writing ‘The Book of Rubbish Ideas’ was that I might be able to tap into some of this energy and encourage changes in sustainable behaviour by showing how the international ‘stars’ do green!

These days, the definition of ‘celebrity’ seems to be in a perpetual state of evolution, as the parameters continue to open ever wider, so I’ll quote the current definition of one from Wikipedia.

A celebrity is a widely recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. The word stems from the Latin verb “celebrere” but they may not become a celebrity unless public and mass media interest is piqued.’

People in the public eye can influence fashion changes, eating habits and beauty product purchases in a heartbeat and I think as a resource for encouraging positive eco-change, it remains relatively untapped, so hereto lays my quest!

There are a few great green stars who stand out with their passionate actions and whilst I’d love to sit down and really grill them about their motivations, hopes and dreams for the future of our planet, I’m a bit busy at the moment with the PR for the book. And anyway, I imagine Chris Martin is busy trying to pen a topper to Viva la Vida and Leonardo DiCaprio is probably learning lines for his next film, so I might have to slide down the A-List a letter or two, put up and make do.

If you have a burning green question for a celebrity and you’d like me to put it to them, please write it in the comments box on this page and I’ll do my level best to deliver it to ‘their people’ – you never know, we might even get replies…!

To give us the best chance of getting any sort of an answer, I’ll only submit one question per celebrity, so you’d better make it a good ‘un! And just to let you know in advance, there’s a panel of IT staff here who will not forward anything to me that’s clearly bonkers or breaches levels of taste or intimacy.

I’ll also do what I’ve done with the celebrity case studies in my book and ask, ‘What’s your trickiest item of rubbish to recycle and how do you deal with it?

Here are a few teasers on questions I’m awaiting answers to: –

To Cameron Diaz, Former model turned actress (There’s Something About Mary) – on second-hand clothes.

To Gwyneth Paltrow, Award winning actress (Shakespeare in Love) – on eco-friendly parenting.

To Alex James, Bass player (Blur) – on supermarket packaging.

To Gwen Stefani, Singer, songwriter – on organic beauty products.

To Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Prize winner – on travel.

To Hayden Panettiere, Actress (Heroes) – on activism.

To Tobey Maguire, Actor (Spiderman) – on organic food.

You can never say I lack ambition!

I look forward to hearing from you soon with your burning eco-q’s.

Rubbishly yours,

TSx