We’ve all seen well known celebrities endorsing the latest fashion brand, sports car or even supermarket, but what about those in the limelight that use their fame to promote a good cause?
Here’s our top ten celebrities that put their heart into saving our planet -– and encourage you to do the same!
Perhaps one of the most famously green celebrities, Leonardo DiCaprio established his own foundation back in 1998 to promote eco-awareness, as well as sitting on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. He was also majorly involved in the 2007 documentary The 11th Hour – creating, producing and narrating the film — which explores the state of the natural environment.
Not only has Cate Blanchett given her house an eco-friendly makeover, but she’s also very actively green both in London and her native Australia.
Openly supporting the Australia Conservation Foundation and the UK’s SolarAid, she works to raise awareness for their causes. She’s making sure to educate her own family too, by taking them on the Walk Against Warming march in 2007.
A huge advocate for the vegan lifestyle, Alicia Silverstone has helped familiarise and glamourise the super healthy and super green way of living.
Having written the book The Kind Diet, she also regularly updates her blog The Kind Life with tips and advice on how to be as Earth-friendly as possible.
Having travelled to Antarctica and seen the effects of global warming himself, Orlando Bloom has given his London house the complete ‘greenover’, including eco-technology and solar panels.
The actor realises that such a change isn’t accessible to everyone, claiming ‘it’s all about balance’ and the little things that help – such as simply installing green-friendly composite doors.
Almost as famous for her seriously clean and healthy diet as for her acting credentials, it’s a no-brainer than Gwyneth Paltrow is an eco princess.
She actively supports the energy conservation campaign, Act Green and always makes sure to buy chlorine free nappies among many other organic products.
Hugely involved in aiding New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Brad Pitt donated $5 million of his own money to the Make It Right Foundation – a green home campaign that hopes to help restore the Lower 9th Ward.
For every $150,000 that is received, a family gets a home that is both eco-friendly and disaster-proof – a worthwhile investment.
One of the first celebrities to advocate an electric car, Cameron Diaz even rolled up to the Oscars in a BMW Hydrogen 7.
She starred in her own environmentally friendly reality series for MTV called Eco Trippin’ and also actively recycles, authored The Green Book and is well known for her eco-friendly fashion choices.
So affected was he by his role in 2005 film Syriana, George Clooney helped to launch Oil Change, a campaign aiming to diminish America’s oil dependence.
He is also a huge activist for human rights, protesting for aid in Sudan and Darfur, and even famously getting arrested at a protest in March 2012.
Proving that eco-friendliness and green awareness runs in the family, Stella McCartney is an avid campaigner for our planet, just like her mother.
Running her whole fashion company strictly to green habits and standards, it is powered by Ecotricity, using solely recycled materials and is 100% carbon neutral.
A vegetarian for fourteen years, Tobey Maguire is all about saving the animals in order to help save the planet.
It’s said that he asks all his guests to remove their leather shoes and belts when entering his house, getting them to leave them by the front door.