Over a billion people around the world celebrated Earth Day on April 22. Here are three green celebrity mums who inspire others to protect Mother Nature.
Fashion supermodel Gisele Bündchen has long been an advocate of going green. The Brazilian beauty says her kids – four-year-old Benjamin, one-year-old Vivian, and six-year-old stepson Jack – have made the importance of the message hit home.
“I had my first munchkin, Jack (husband and NFL star Tom Brady’s son with actress Bridget Moynahan), before I gave birth to Benjamin,” Bündchen says. “After spending so much time with Jack, I saw how he wanted to play with the stuff I was using instead of the toys we bought him. In terms of clothes, I bought Jack so many clothes and am now using them for Benjamin. Look, when I was growing up, my sisters and I wore hand-me-downs and we’re now doing the same thing. This all goes back to my motto: Reduce, recycle and reuse. The more we buy, the more we encourage the manufacturers to produce more stuff.”
Bündchen says Benjamin was potty trained at six-months-old! How did she do it? Bündchen says her son was on a schedule, including breastfeeding in the morning and afternoon, followed promptly by a bowel movement, making it easy for her to put him on the toilet and eliminate the use of a diaper.
“Give it about five minutes – and bang,” she says of the process, admitting with a laugh that she realises the process is actually “more complicated”.
Hollywood star Jessica Alba and her movie producer husband Cash Warren are parents to two kids – Honor, five, and Haven, two. Shortly after her second daughter arrived, Alba partnered with Christopher Gavigan, dad-of-two and founder of Healthy Child Healthy World, to create The Honest Company, an online source to purchase eco-friendly baby and children products.
“First and foremost, we try to model and practise eco-friendly habits for the girls,” Alba says about how she encourages her kids to minimise their carbon footprints. “Otherwise, we talk to them about being mindful and explain that things can be turned into something else one day. This can be as simple as teaching them about recyclables and showing them how to sort bottles and cans from trash. We also do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses – our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls how to repurpose old items.”
“Involving children in gardening and cooking is another great way to inspire eco-friendly living,” says Alba, who is all about living eco-friendly on a daily basis. “Caring for the plants in our herb wall garden helps Honor understand the steps to growing food (including patience!), how it ultimately lands on her plate, and about being a good steward of the planet. Honor is also a great sous chef when we’re in the kitchen, so being a part of the dinner process encourages her to eat the foods she grows and develops her taste for fresh ingredients. Hopefully, this lays the foundation for children to prioritise their health and that of the planet.”
Actress Alicia Silverstone is one outspoken green mum! She caused quite a stir on her eco-friendly blog The Kind Life with a video that went viral, in which she fed her then-11-month-old son Bear Blu mouth-to-mouth. “I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast-iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and some veggies from the soup... from my mouth to his. It’s his favourite... and mine,” she wrote.
Silverstone and her musician husband Christopher Jarecki live in an LA home with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. She's an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues, became a vegan in 1998, and shares her eco-friendly tips on her official website. “The Kind Life is an interactive extension of my book, The Kind Diet, which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time,” she writes on her blog.
“The site is whatever you make of it; whether it’s joining many others who are on this same journey or simply gathering information and tips. Whatever you need, you will find it here. I will be sharing all kinds of tasty morsels with you; from fashion and beauty tips, to simple ways that we can help the planet. By the time you’re done with your visit, your mouth will be watering and you will surely want to crash here forever. So come on in, kick off your shoes and check out all sorts of recipes, my favourite foods, nutritional information from doctors that are in the book, the very best restaurants, amazing travel discoveries, party planning tips, ways to make sure your house is as healthy and green as possible, great pet care tips, and so much more.”
Silverstone is also vocal about elimination communication, the eco-friendly potty training technique coined by Ingrid Bauer, author of Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene. When Bear Blu was five-months-old, Silverstone tweeted, “(S)aturday Bear Blu went poo and pee on toilet 4x throughout the day... we were so proud! Check out book Diaper Free... soo fun!” Then she added: “... yesterday, Bear did two poops in toilet... so sweet! I’m saving so many diapers... even cloth ones... yahoooo! and it’s so fun!” – Celebrity Baby Scoop/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services