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Celebrity Planet: Rachel McAdams Has Eco-OCD
With comparisons to Julia Roberts, Rachel McAdams is the toast of Hollywood, but the actress spends as much time as possible out of the spotlight. What does she do when she's not appearing in movies like The Lucky Ones and the upcoming Time Traveler's Wife (pictured)? She's up north in her native Canada living the green life.
The actress, who recently purchased a house in Toronto, told People that she's been making eco-improvements to her new home. "I live in an old house," the actress shared, "and I'm trying to do green remodeling. It's been keeping me busy." And you won't see her making trips to Home Depot in a gas guzzling SUV. "I don't own a car," she told USA Today. "In Toronto, my bike is my car." She's also been photographed traveling via bike in New York and Los Angeles.
Last year, Rachel also launched a Web site with friends called GreenIsSexy.org. The ladies exchange "quips and tips" on ways to make an impact on the environment urging people to make "tiny changes, big impact." There you can read about Rachel switching her house to green power, how she's developed an OCD for unplugging anything with a plug as well as her dream of one day living in a tree house and only eating what she can grow.
When I was a teen, I'd listen to everything my parents told me to do... then do the opposite. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston have that in mind while encouraging young potential voters to register in time for the 2008 election. Watch the sarcastic bit here.
A few weeks back I celebrated the humanitarian work of Scarlett Johansson, but it seems like she's been doing some celebrating of her own. The actress recently married actor Ryan Reynolds on Vancouver Island's Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, an eco-friendly retreat for glamorous camping. The bride and groom and their guests slept in tents (!), fished, went mountain biking and dined by candlelight on organic fruit, veggies and local seafood. I'll say "I do" to that.
Lastly, Bono's been so busy rubbing elbows with international leaders that I didn't think he'd have even heard of a show like Survivor. Apparently he has. EDUN, his clothing company with his wife Ali Hewson that specializes in organic clothing and works with African citizens, teaching them to grow cotton, sew and participate in the textile business, designed limited-edition T-shirts for the new season of Survivor. The show's catchphrase "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" appears over an outline of Africa, where the seventeenth season was filmed. What a guy that Bono is... I bet he'll outwit, outplay and outlast all the other rock stars with his forward-thinking ideas.
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