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10 Celebrities Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet

You might love celebrities for the shows or movies they’ve been on, the music they’ve created or their looks but did you know some of them are on the front lines of climate change action? If you didn’t then here’s a list of CAPLESS HEROES in the Hispanic and Latino community that are all about ways to fix the planet and creating a better future for the rest of us.

1. Kat Von D

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Kat is a badass animal rights activist that’s always spreading the message of ethical treatment of animals and veganism. Aside from her vegan beauty brand, she’s been working on launching lines of vegan leather jackets, vegan shoes and makeup brushes free of animal hair.

1. Kat Von D

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This Goth Queen donates some of her lipstick profits to animal rights organizations like Farm Sanctuary and Project Chimp, to which she has donated over $250,000. On top of that, she creates Instagram giveaways to continue raising money to support other animal charities.

2. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele became an Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program in 2009. Last year she became the 1st recipient for the Eco Laurente award due to her work on the preservation of the Brazilian Amazon Biome. Back in her hometown, she also created the Clean Water Project with the help of her family.

2. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele has also made lifestyle changes in the past years. She became a vegetarian, started growing her own green and making her own preserves, like jams. Alongside her husband, she helped design her mansion with as many sustainable and recycled materials as possible. She even loves to wear eco-friendly fashion brands like Stella McCartney.

3. Salma Hayek

 
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Salma is a board member of Global Green USA, as part of her work she has traveled to the Arctic to raise global awareness of the consequences of climate change in the area. She has also co-hosted A Bid to Save the World, an auction that helps raise millions of dollars each year for several international conservation agencies.

3. Salma Hayek

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She’s not only concerned for the environment, she has also worked to provide clean drinking water to over 2 billion people, help UNICEF raise money for Syrian children refugees, and co-found Chime for Change alongside Queen B and Gucci, a charity that raises fund to fight against gender inequality with a focus on education and health.

4. Selena Gomez

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Back in 2009, Selena partnered with Kmart to launch an affordable eco-friendly clothing line called “Dream Out Loud“.

4. Selena Gomez

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Selena has also been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2009 and she has helped raise money for childhood malnutrition in Africa and works with the Tap Project to promote the use of clean water.

5. Rosario Dawson

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Rosario decided to co-found Studio 189, a West African based brand that uses fashion to implement social change and sustainable practices. Their main focus is to empower artisans by creating jobs, supporting education and skill training and create an international market for fashion-forward African made pieces.

5. Rosario Dawson

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She’s not only an entrepreneur but a producer and narrator of The Need to Grow, an eco-conscious documentary about the planet’s dying farmable soil. Rosario also used her social media platforms to advocate and inform her audience about climate change and social injustice.

6. Penelope Cruz

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The American Crime Story actress is a strong supporter of Global Green USA, a non-profit organization that fights against climate change. As part of her work to support the organization, she started the Red Carpet/Green Car campaign that switched from limos to alternative fuel cars to transport celebs to red carpet events.

6. Penelope Cruz

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She’s an advocate of animal rights, she worked with PETA on the “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur“ campaign and has even gone above and beyond to make sure animals are treated ethically during the filming of a movie. She’s also an active supporter of UNICEF and other causes like violence against women and research on leukemia in children.

7. Adrian Granier

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Back in 2015, The Devil Wears Prada star partnered with Uber, Dell, and Goodwill to start a tech recycling program in NYC where Uber picks up the waste, leaves it at any Goodwill location and then the parts are reused by Dell in newer models or recycled.

7. Adrian Granier

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Adrian also created SHFT, a platform that teaches how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The site also has an online store that offers a wide variety of products that go from bamboo speakers to solar powered pendant lamps to eco-friendly beer grooming products.

8. Jessica Alba

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Jessica is the founder of The Honest Company, an eco-friendly online store that sells a wide range of products that go from plant-based laundry detergents to sustainable diapers. The company is also working to increase the percentage of recycled and renewable materials used in the packaging of their products.

8. Jessica Alba

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Meanwhile, she’s constantly pushing her brand to keep giving back to the community by participating in different non-profits, like Baby2Baby, Wayferer Foundation, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a result, the company has donated 13.5M sustainable diapers + over 2M eco-friendly personal care and cleaning products, since 2012.

9. Cameron Diaz

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She was one of the first celebrities to go green back in the early 2000s. She hosted MTV’s Trippin and traveled around the world to teach about wildlife conservation and renewable energy. In 2009 she filmed Cameron Diaz Saves the World, a documentary in which she tries to start a conversation about the environment.

9. Cameron Diaz

 
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She was one of the first celebrities to start with the hybrid car trend by getting herself a Prius as soon as it was available to the public.

10. Christy Turlington

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The 90s supermodel has partnered with H&M to promote their Conscious Exclusive 2018 collection, as part of their 2030 plan to only use sustainable materials. This new collection uses organic natural fabrics, recycled polyester and even fishing nets found in the ocean to create nylon fibers.

10. Christy Turlington

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As part of her work to improve the standards of the fashion industry, Christy also created a show called Threading: Driving Fashion Forward, which raises awareness on the poor working conditions on the industry’s laborers in developing countries.

Don’t Throw Away Those Tamale Husks – They Make The Perfect Eco-Friendly Plate Or Service Dish

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Don’t Throw Away Those Tamale Husks – They Make The Perfect Eco-Friendly Plate Or Service Dish

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There is no secret that our planet is experiencing an ecological crisis. From flash flooding in Indonesia to a three-year drought that led to unprecedented and lethal bushfires in Australia, the first three weeks of 2020 have reminded us that as a species us humans have basically sucked at achieving a balance with other animal species and with the natural world in general. We are at the brink of either going into a deep well from which we might not come back, or hitting the PAUSE button and making some significant changes. 

Here’s a success story about creative ways of using free and inexpensive materials to curb our consumption of single-use plastic products. 

Our dependence on single-use plastic plates and containers is not only harmful to the environment, but frankly stupid.

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Think about the amount of plastic you use in a single day. From the coffee lid that you throw away after finishing your latte to the plastic cutlery at the fast food court, plastic bags at the supermarket and plastic toothpicks, to water bottles and a long list of products that frankly make no sense… all of those contribute to increased levels of pollution. Just think about how silly it all is: that lid that you threw away or that Starbucks cup will exist way after your body has turned into ash or compost. Yes, it might sound dramatic, but it really is how illogical the use of plastic is. 

So in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, corn husks have become the perfect alternative after Styrofoam was banned in the municipality.

The town of San Miguel de Allende, a traditional town and gringo-retiree central, has banned Styrofoam. Instead of complaining like many chilangos (Mexico City natives) did when plastic bags were banned, vendors in the picturesque San Miguel have resorted to a much more friendly and overall cooler alternative: corn husks.

This is a great idea not only because otherwise they get thrown away or turn into compost, but also because it is a resistant material and can even give some extra flavor to some traditional dishes. Such is the case of esquites, a scintillating concoction of corn, mayo, lemon and chili… food for the gods.

As reported by Mexico News Daily, San Miguel’s mayor, Luis Alberto Villareal, is proud of the initiative of banning harmful materials: “We’ve been working all year, but the truth is that the society of San Miguel is very participatory, it’s a committed society, it’s a progressive society, and [getting participation] hasn’t been too complicated.” Good for them! 

Mexico City also banned single-use plastic bags.

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From January 1 the user of single-use plastic bags was banned in Mexico City. Given that this is one of the world’s biggest megalopolis the move will certainly have a measurable impact. Many complained (of course they did!), but most embraced the initiative.

Of course, plastic bag producers spoke out against the law, as CE Noticias Financieras reports: “Plastic bag producers, distributors and traders marched and demonstrated in Mexico City on Wednesday against a series of bans to make the Mexican capital free of plastic objects that are only used once in the next months.”

Multinational supermarket chains have also responded to the initiative by offering their customers reusable bags. As NFINCE reports: “Walmart of Mexico, Latin America’s largest self-service chain, began with the free delivery of half a million reusable bags to its customers, as part of the one-time plastic and plastic bag disposal agreement, signed with the Government of Mexico City.”

 Eco traditional practices are coming back

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Even though hipster, gentrified zones of Mexico City have adopted the use of eco bags and all sorts of products that are often overpriced, Mexico City tradition has a long history of uses of bolsas de mercado, bags in which people store their groceries while shopping. This practice is mostly followed by the lower socioeconomic classes, but we are sure they will expand. Using a reusable bag is tradition and hopefully it will make a comeback. We also hope that bags that are usually less that $3 USD don’t end up being a $50 USD hipster commodity! 

Natural, compostable plates and containers are used throughout the Global South and it is a long and rich tradition.

All throughout Asia people use sticks or toothpicks and fresh banana leaves to make bowls and plates in which dishes such as coconut rice or amok (Cambodian curried fish) is served. Oftentimes the practices of the Global North are seen as the panacea of progress but there is much to be learned from developing nations and from indigenous communities in places such as Australia, the United States, Mexico and Canada. 

Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Jennifer Lopez has checked off more than all the bucket list life experiences “Jenny from the Block” could have even imagined, but there’s still one more she yearns for: to live abroad in a small town in Italy or in Bali and enjoy the simple things in life. The 50-year-old singer, actress, producer, and businesswoman has graced the cover of Vanity Fair alongside an in-depth interview that affirms the importance of Latinas gaining power in the U.S. and a long-held desire to leave it all behind for a “more simple and organic” life. In the wake of J.Lo’s recent Academy snub for her role in “Hustlers,” she confirms that she is very intentional about why she’s only hired female directors for all her productions to date. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” she told Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth.

It’s clear that J.Lo is committed to breaking the glass ceiling for Latinas and all women alike here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped mayors across the Italian countryside from wooing Jenny from the Block to move to their idyllic town.

Lopez revealed that all she wants to do is “ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it.”

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For Lopez, that kind of life may only be possible somewhere very far on the other side of the world, more removed from her celebrity. “I would love to live somewhere other than the United States, in a small town in Italy, or on the other side of the world, in Bali. Find another life where it’s a little bit more simple and organic and where I get to ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it, and just eat and paint, or sit in a rocking chair where there was a beautiful view of an olive tree or an oak tree and I could just smell. I have fantasies like that,” Lopez told the magazine.

“If you ever do move overseas don’t forget to take Arod with you,” one Twitter user implored of J.Lo. While it doesn’t seem like Americans are taking her fantasy too seriously, the rest of the world certainly is. 

Several mayors around Italy have publicly reached out to the Puerto Rican Renaissance Woman.

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The mayor of San Quirico d’Orcia, a town in the Tuscan countryside, announced, “We are the Italy that Jennifer Lopez is looking for. We are a small but beautiful town surrounded by endless olive groves and a landscape recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage area.” Mayor Bartoli didn’t forget to mention that “we have great bakeries that produce wonderful bread.”

Cagliari’s mayor, Paolo Truzzu, tossed his beloved town into the running as well. “Dear Jennifer, come and live with us in Cagliari” to enjoy “good things to eat, a slow rhythm of life, contact with nature and a lovely climate,” he said. The residents of some of these towns have reached out to Lopez to second their mayor’s invitation. “Hey @JLo! Did you receive the invitation from Cagliari’s mayor Paolo Truzzu to come to live here? He’s available to host you. Let us know!” one Cagliari resident tweeted at J.Lo. JLo, come to live in Italy there are many beautiful villages!! come on the Amalfi Coast or in Cilento,  I recommend also San Valentino Torio the land of lovers, 20 min from  Pompei,” another Italian Twitter user informed the superstar. 

Lopez also emphasized the importance of hiring female directors.

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Vanity Fair aptly acknowledged that Lopez had mostly been directed by men, but that she has an exclusively female line-up of directors for her future projects under her own production. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” Lopez added, saying, “There are so many great female directors; why aren’t we using them more? It’s hard to break patterns, even in yourself, so we have to make a conscious effort to change the paradigm.” The 2020 Oscars snubbed all women when they only nominated male directors during a time when there are more female directors than ever before. 

“It’s also a great time for Latina women to take the stage at the biggest all-American event,” Lopez said of her upcoming Superbowl Halftime show with Shakira, emphasizing its importance “with everything that’s going on in the country right now.” Lopez added, “I’m super-happy to represent my community, to represent women, and to represent everybody, you know? “

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