These eco friendly celebrity men are super inspirational….and sexy, too!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Let’s face it. Women are a bit less looks-focused than men are when it comes to determining what’s sexy. We love men who make us laugh, who are intelligent, powerful, ambitious…and caring.
Personally, no matter how rich or handsome a man may be, in my humble opinion, if he’s not an animal lover, or if he consumes crap for the sake of consuming it, I can only see him as being ugly on the inside. Which is the worst kind of ugly.
Here at Eluxe, we’ve covered some gorgeous and compassionate vegan celebrity men who have stolen our hearts. We’ve also written about some of the biggest celeb eco-advocates out there already, like Leo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier. And they’re simply too wonderful not to be included here again, too. But there are plenty more eco friendly celebrity men trying to change the planet. And we’re so damn grateful, we thought we’d share their work with you here.
Eco Friendly Celebrity Men Trying To Change the Planet
1. Brad Pitt
Brad is so much more than a pretty face and a great actor!
The environmentally engaged celebrity superstar strongly wants to pass on the importance of sustainability to his six children. So a few years ago, he built a small eco-friendly theme park for them in the hopes of teaching them (and other kids) eco-values through play. But that’s not all!
His Make It Right Foundation, a green building organisation he launched, creates eco-architecture projects such as the Bancroft School Apartments, a former school building that now contains 50 LEED Platinum certified rental units under a solar roof with 400 panels. The architecture-obsessed star was also heavily involved in rebuilding New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. And there’s still more: he’s narrated a eco-design TV series and has also supported his friend Edward Norton’s Solar Neighbours Program.
2. Robert Redford
We had to put “The Sting” actor here, as he was one of the first eco friendly celebrity men. Since before it was fashionable, he has been an adamant environmental activist, promoting solar energy, convincing mayors to tackle climate change and heavily campaigning for wilderness conservation.
The Sundance Kid has also served for a whopping 30 years on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which works to safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals, and the ecosystems on which all life depends.
Finally, along with the Sundance Film Festival he founded to promote indie filmmaking, he launched a weekly three-hour slot of eco-programming on his Sundance TV channel, in order to educate the public about pressing environmental issues.
3. Zac Efron
We rate Zac as one of our top eco friendly celebrity men for a few reasons. First up, his “Off the Grid” series follows Efron and his brother Dylan as they participate in outdoor activities and trips without electronic devices. This is a super message to pass on to his fans. Namely: you do NOT need to take a mobile phone with you wherever you go!
But there’s more. Efron’s Netflix series Down to Earth highlighted healthier and more sustainable ways to live. The series was highly inspirational, and once again sent the basic but essential message to his fans that there’s more to life that consumerism.
4. Will Ferrell
Will is an active member of the National Resources Defense Council, which works to protect wildlife and wild places and ensure a healthy environment for all life on Earth. For the comedic actor, love of the environment is no laughing matter: he was the first celebrity to drive the BMW Hydrogen 7, a 760Li luxury car modified to run on hydrogen, and to opt for a fully eco-friendly home. And let’s not forget that his eco-comedy on TBS, “Earth to America!” has been an outrageous success.
5. Ian Somerhalder
The ridiculously handsome Vampire Diaries star is as kind to the Earth as he is good looking. He launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation over a decade ago with the aim of protecting animals and the planet–two causes which he firmly believes are tightly interconnected.
The star also encourages young people to get involved in his Foundation. “Our youth have phenomenal ideas and solutions but some lack the life experience to make it happen. This is where they need the support and wisdom of longer-lived humans: adults. I’ve witnessed first hand what happens when a young girl’s ideas are supported by adults, and it’s remarkable,” he says.
To see our interview with Ian and to learn more about his Foundation, please click here.
6. Jack Johnson
Hawaiian born and raised, mellow crooner Jack Johnson grew up near the sea. So no wonder he’s a strong supporter of ocean conservation! On his last two tours, Johnson donated 100 percent – yes, one hundred percent! – of his profits to charities that support the environment, arts education, and music education.
In the more distant past, profits from his 2008 tour were used to create the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, which currently matches donations made to organisations partnered with the All At Once organisation, which promotes local food initiatives and plastic-free living.
But Johnson aims to be as eco-friendly in his personal life as possible, too. For example, his fifth album “To the Sea” was recorded and produced in solar powered studios, and all his buses on tour are fuelled by biodiesel.
7. Usain Bolt
The fastest man on Earth is racing to save threatened species. The Zeitz Foundation has made the Olympic champion its ambassador for culture, hoping his charisma and star power will draw attention to a cause dear to Bolt: managing ecosystems sustainably.
In addition, as a strong lover of wildlife, he has personally adopted a rescued cheetah and called him “Lightning Bolt.” I’m sure he must give Usain some stiff running competition!
8. Edward Norton
The Hollywood celeb is one of the most eco friendly celebrity men around. He’s used his star power to help launch the Solar Neighbors Program, which gets solar panels onto low-income homes in Los Angeles.
“The Fight Club” icon also hosted an award-winning, four-part National Geographic TV special. It focused on the unnerving effects of global environmental problems.
In his spare time, Norton embraces a variety of environmental pursuits, too. He is a board member on a handful of nonprofits, including the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. The aim of this is to promote sustainable tourism and ecosystem preservation. He is also the CEO of Baswood Inc. The company offers a green wastewater treatment alternative. He and his partners are currently building (and selling) These greener systems around the U.S. and abroad.
9. Matt Damon
Thanks to his efforts to bring water to those in need, Matt is another one of our hot men trying to change the planet. After participating in an awareness campaign about the water crisis in Africa, he decided to be one of the co-founders of Water.org, a US-based nonprofit organisation committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. The Foundation has also partnered with CamelBak to launch a limited edition of eco-friendly water bottles that are aimed at encouraging people to stop buying plastic bottles of water.
The talented Mr. Damon has also narrated the documentary “Running the Sahara” and the “Journey to Planet Earth” series on PBS.
10. Orlando Bloom
The debonaire British actor has been mentioned on our pages before, but we think it’s worth repeating his good, green deeds here too.
Not only has Bloom served as a UNICEF ambassador in Nepal, where he works on purifying water for communities, but the Lord of the Rings star has also fitted his London home out to be completely eco-friendly. For example? He’s installed solar panels, incorporated recycled materials, and uses energy efficient light bulbs to do his part to save energy and resources.
He’s also an environmental activist, and has marched in the United States to protest a lack of action against climate change. The heartthrob has a young son, Flynn, and believes that if we don’t take action now, the future of the next generation will be bleak indeed.
11. Pierce Brosnan
In 2007, “The Thomas Crown Affair” star was named Best-dressed Environmentalist by the Sustainable Style Foundation. That’s a nice accolade, but he does more than wear clothes well!
For example, Brosnan serves on the board of the Environmental Media Association. And this James Bond actor definitely doesn’t go undercover when it comes to his activism on the planet. He has long fought for dolphin-safe tuna rules and protested the U.S. Navy’s widespread use of sonar, which can harm dolphins, whales and other cetaceans.
We love that Brosnan is one of the few celebs that acknowledges the devastatingly harmful effects of invisible frequencies, such as those emitted by wifi, 5G and radar, on wildlife. So few do!
11. Leonardo DiCaprio
Probably the ‘greenest’ star in the entire world, there are many issues that are particularly important to DiCaprio. These include: wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, water access, climate change and disaster relief, to name but a few. And he’s been passionate about these issues for ages.
Way back in 1998, he created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which has since done incredible work by giving millions of dollars in grants to environmental, animal and humanitarian causes. In fact, his benefit, “The 11th Hour,” a fine art auction he organised in 2013, raised nearly $40 million for his Foundation. It became the world’s highest-grossing environmental charity event ever held. He has also personally donated $1 million to the Wildlife Conservation Society at Russia’s Tiger Summit.
He has also donated his time, as well as money, to environmental causes. For example, he went to Indonesia in early 2016 to criticise the government’s palm oil industry’s slash-and-burn forest clearing methods. And in October 2016, he joined Mark Ruffalo in North Dakota in support of the Standing Rock tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Last, but not least, he has narrated loads of documentaries, such as this one, below, about how we can save the planet and its wildlife.
Can there be any doubt that DiCaprio is one of the most inspirational eco friendly celebrity men, ever?
12. Woody Harrelson
A longtime vegan and environmental activist, Harrelson mainly takes green action through business ventures. He owns a ‘treeless’ paper company, a vegan restaurant, and has invested in hemp-based fuels and materials.
In his personal life, he has constructed his own house to be completely off the grid. And he’s never afraid to speak up for the planet: “I spent a lot of time wanting to become rich and famous, then when I got there, I found it was hollow. What is important to me is my connection with family and friends, and to nature, and to stand up for what I believe in,” he said.
And what he believes in is promoting a vegan lifestyle, hemp based products, and making the Earth a better place to be for future generations.
13. Peter Dinklage
He stole almost every scene in the hit TV series he starred in. And now Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage is using his celeb power to draw attention to a cause he holds dear: animal rights.
A vegetarian since he was 16 years old, Dinklage is the newest spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s annual Walk for Farm Animals. The animal loving actor said he got involved because: “animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery.” He’s also pressuring US cosmetic companies to stop testing on animals, which he has called ‘barbaric’.
He has also narrated the video Face your Food, a film on behalf of PETA advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds. He appeared in another PETA campaign, asking Game of Thrones fans to adopt dogs from shelters rather than to buy dogs from breeders.
14. Pharrell Williams
The multitalented, multitasking musician/designer/producer/entrepreneur/ became Creative Director of Bionic Yarn in 2009. The ‘yarn’ is based on plastic pollution salvaged from the oceans and recycled into textiles. The concept is part of the Vortex Project, an initiative by Parley for the Oceans in collaboration with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to help rid the oceans of plastic and put it to good use.
Since its founding in 2013, a variety of environmentalists, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, creative companies and NGOs have joined Vortex, cleaning the oceans of millions of tonnes of waste and recycling it. That makes us very ‘Happy’ indeed!
15. Adrian Grenier
He may be last, but that doesn’t mean Adrian Grenier isn’t one of our top eco friendly celebrity men trying to change the planet!
Grenier is involved in many eco-friendly causes. He’s a huge supporter of Oceana and Charity Water, and co-hosted the first annual Charity Water Ball in 2006 with Jessica Stam. He collected a real-life ‘entourage’ of friends, actors and experts to come together on his environmentally focused TV show, Alter Eco. On the show, Grenier and his experts demonstrate changes that can be made to live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
The blue-eyed boy also teamed up with film producer Peter Glatzer in 2009 to create the multi-media platform, SHFT. Its aim is to to allow the public to approach sustainable living in a more accessible format. The website features video, design and fashion inspiration to encourage all-round, better green lifestyles.
Who is your favourite of all the eco friendly celebrity men here? Did we miss anyone? Let. us know in the comments, below!
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