By Jenny Schafer
Hollywood is going green!
On April 22, more than 1 billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day. From Gisele Bundchen to Jessica Alba, let's take a look at three green celebrity moms who inspire others to protect Mother Nature.
Actress Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor, 5 and Haven, 2.
Shortly after her second daughter arrived, the "Fantastic Four" star 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/kid products.
The "Sin City" actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about how she encourages her girls to minimize their carbon footprint.
"First and foremost, we try to model and practice eco-friendly habits for the girls," she shared. "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 how to sort bottles and cans from trash."
She added: "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 about repurposing old items."
The mom-of-two is all about living eco-friendly on a daily basis.
"Involving children in gardening and cooking is another great way to inspire eco-friendly living," she said. "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," she continued. "Hopefully, this lays the foundation for children to prioritize their health and that of the planet."
Alicia Silverstone is one outspoken green mama!
The actress caused quite a stir with a video that went viral. The "Clueless" star was seen feeding her then-11-month-old son Bear Blu mouth-to-mouth on her eco-friendly blog The Kind Life.
She wrote: "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 a tiny bit of veggies from the soup . . . from my mouth to his. It's his favorite . . . and mine."
Alicia and her husband Christopher Jarecki live in a Los Angeles home with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. The actress is an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues and became a vegan in 1998. She 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!," Alicia writes on her blog. "The site is whatever you make of it; whether it's joining the many others who are on this same journey or simply visiting to gather information and other 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 favorite 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."
Alicia 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 5-months-old," the proud mama 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!" The actress added, "yesterday bear did 2 poops in toilet . . . . so sweet! i'm saving so many diapers . . . even cloth ones . . . . yahoooo! and it's so fun!"
Supermodel mom Gisele Bundchen has long been an advocate of going green. The Brazilian beauty says that her children - Benjamin, 4, Vivian, 1, and 6-year-old stepson Jack - have made the importance of the message really hit home.
"I had my first munchkin, Jack (husband Tom Brady's son with Bridget Moynahan), before I gave birth to Benjamin," Gisele said. "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 am 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."
Also a fan of elimination communication, Gisele said Benjamin was potty trained at 6-months-old! How did she do it?
The model mom said that her son was on a schedule including breastfeeding in the morning and afternoon, promptly followed by a bowel movement, making it easy for her to put him on the toilet and eliminate the use of a diaper. Of the process she said:
"Give it about five minutes, and bang," admitting with a laugh that she realizes the process is actually "more complicated."
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