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Celebrity Planet: Pierce Brosnan's Compost Pile, Red Hot Chili Diapers ...
In honor of St. Patty's Day, I thought I'd give a shout out to the ever handsome Pierce Brosnan. The movie star has traditionally been a huge advocate for environmental education and recently led a grassroots campaign to help preserve the California coastline from offshore drilling. He also works with groups like Global Green, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ocean Futures Society. I typically don't find talk of composting that sexy, but when Pierce recently spoke about it, that changed everything! He told Bon Appetit magazine that he composts scraps — from coffee grounds to banana peels — and uses the remnants in his garden. And he and the wife buy (or have someone buy) all-natural, organic cleaners and recycled paper products for their home. Could he get any dreamier?
Us Weekly had a Leonardo DiCaprio sighting. The star, who is up in Boston filming Shutter Island with Michelle Williams, was seen at the Ritz-Carlton flipping through a copy of Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style. I know Leo loves all things green, but I found it funny that he was reading a book about "green women" that delivers messages like "love your wardrobe." Perhaps he's getting tips to pass on to gal pal Bar Refaeli.
Meanwhile, the actor told The Birmingham Post that President Bush gets an F on his environmental policies. "We need to be the ones to set an example for the rest of the world," he told the southern paper. "We are the leading consumers, the biggest producers of waste around the world and, unless we’re the ones to set an example for less industrialized countries, how is the rest of the world going to follow? If you’d ask any environmentalist about George Bush’s policies on the environment, he gets close to an F. It’s interesting because, all this inevitably boils down to a publicity game for the planet and what’s good for the place we live in."
While Natalie Portman unloads her vegan shoes, Love Actually star Colin Firth is selling a $360 paper bag. Designer Giles Miller has a new environmentally-friendly handbag, which is made from cardboard sourced from sustainably-harvested forests. But Colin is selling the very pricey bag in his new green shop in West London, Eco. Hey, Colin — it sounds like a gal like me will need a lot of green (as in money) to buy anything green in your shop. But E for effort, I guess.
Actress Laura Benanti is currently taking it all off on Broadway — she's starring in Gypsy. Page Six Magazine caught up with the actress to talk New York and she mentioned how she literally has to throwdown for organic products in her local supermarket. "Fairway has a fantastic organic food section," she said, "but you better be prepared to fight. I watched a woman actively decide to push me out of the way. She looked at me like, '[Should] I?' And then just did it." Well, then — I'm gonna stick to shopping at the Met. They have organic and I've never been in a rumble.
In other grocery store news... Another star to hop on the eco-friendly diaper buttwagon? Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame. He and his gal pal model Heather Christie were seen wheeling a buggy full of the eco-chic diapers out of a supermarket in Malibu earlier this month. Their baby, Everly Bear, was born in October. Kiedis joins the club with green stars like Julia Roberts and Nicole Richie.
Grab your BlackBerry or PDA device of choice because you need to save a date. At 8pm on March 29, millions of people — including stars like Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Pete Wentz — in some of the world's capital cities, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv will unite and turn off the lights for one hour to deliver a message about the need for action on global warming. Sounds lovely... I'm in. But fingers crossed that Cate, who will be nearly 9 months pregnant, isn't giving birth at the time.
See ya next week.
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