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Celebrities embrace eco-friendly initiatives

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:17

From directing films that highlight the importance of preserving natural habitats to endorsing well-known organizations that promote environmental friendliness, celebrities have found ways by which they can support eco-friendly initiatives across the country. Using their fame and frequent appearance in the spotlight, these public figures have expressed their support for saving the environment, whether they're enlisting energy-efficient building strategies or making a plea for donations to an organization. These people, who can be both fictional and real, have the potential to not only influence a large number of their fans, but also garner a lot of press attention through more drastic measures.

Oscars attendees promote environmental awareness

While some men and women who strode down the red carpet donned illustrious designers, others were more concerned with wearing eco-friendly products that were less likely to make a harmful impact on the environment. According to Daily Mail, Kellan Lutz and Olga Kurylenko wore outfits crafted by Jomnarn Dul for Suzy Amis-Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress company. Lutz, known for his role in the "Twilight" series, wore an eco-suit made from sustainable materials. Kurylenko, who recently starred in "Quantum of Solace," told the source that she appreciated the strides the designers had made for environmental luxury clothing."I really admire what Suzy does and it's important to bring awareness to the fact that we need to be more green," Kurylenko said to the source. "We don't lose quality or beauty. It just takes a bit of thought."She also wore shoes crafted by Beyond Skin, a company known for its work with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. According to the PETA blog, Kurylenko's shoes were both vegan and eco-friendly. 

Celebrity-owned mansion embraces energy efficiency

Complete with radiant heat, French doors and large windows that allow for natural lighting, the 5,226-square-foot mansion with a history of celebrity ownership was recently sold, according to Realty Today. Ricki Lake, an Emmy Award-winning television show host, lived in the property for more than 10 years, but purchased the house from another well-known television actress, Courteney Cox Arquette, who stayed there for eight years. In addition to its energy-efficient heating system, the area boasts a spa, outdoor patios and a large green garden. The Los Angeles home sold for nearly $8.5 million.

Spider-Man endorses Earth Hour

Web-slinging superhero Spider-Man will have a busy summer, with the sequel to the hit film "The Amazing Spider-Man" dropping in a few months and a new agreement to be the spokesperson for Earth Hour. According to Earth Hour, the fictional character will be the first superhero ambassador for the movement, which is sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The event aims to educate citizens of the world about their electricity use, hoping that for one hour, people can refrain from using resources. Andrew Garfield, the actor who is currently portraying Spider-Man in the movie franchise, said in a company press release that he was happy to help the initiative in any way that he could."I'm proud Spider-Man is the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour because he shows we can all be superheroes when we realize the power we all have," Garfield said in the statement. "Earth Hour is a movement that has created massive impact around the world, so imagine what we can do this year with Spider-Man by our side."