The Eco-Celebrity Earth Day SUV Blindspot
“Let’s take a look at some fun celebs who are really going green!” it said. Sure, I’m game. It turns out that actress/heiress Tori Spelling and her four kids make our planet a priority. “Every day is Earth Day in our house,” Spelling said. “We definitely try to teach our kids to take care of the earth. Just the other day, actually, in fact it was in the playroom, Liam came up and said, ‘I turned off the lights in the playroom because I don’t want the earth to get sick.’ It was really cute.”
She’s into eco-makeovers for her house, too. “We recently installed eco-chic, reclaimed wood floors from The Vintage Wood Floor Company in our new home, and I'm so happy with how they turned out,” she said.
It didn’t take me long, however, to find a photo of Spelling climbing out of a huge SUV.
It seems to me that celebrities who jump on the eco-bandwagon have a real blind spot when it comes to transportation. I know a lot of them own Toyota Priuses, but that’s just one corner of the motor pool.
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren have two daughters, the press release told me. “First and foremost, we try to model and practice eco-friendly habits for the girls,” Alba said. “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.”
That’s great, but aren’t you modeling something else when you drive a big SUV? Here’s Alba and her humongous mount.
You can, in fact, sort celebrities by SUV model. The Cadillac Escalade (15 mpg combined), featured on the behind-the-scenes Hollywood comedy Entourage, is favored by, among others, David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Quaid, Paris Hilton, Andy Garcia and Teri Hatcher.
The giant and boxy 13-mpg Mercedes G-Wagon? Now we’re talking about Megan Fox, Kanye West, Disney girls Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, Hillary Duff and Miley Cyrus (also partial to a gas-guzzling McLaren MP4-12C), Diane Keaton and Brooke Shields.
And let’s not forget the luxury Range Rover (14 or 15 mpg). It’s in the garages of Ryan Seacrest, Jessica Simpson, Angelina Jolie (I’d expect her to know better), Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton (hey, she’s got more than one car – who knew!), Jennifer Lopez, John Mayer, Daniel Craig and Keira Knightley.
I looked around and found this about Jolie and husband Brad Pitt: “[T]he do-gooding parents teach their entire brood the importance of green living. From establishing Make It Right (a nonprofit group building environmentally conscious homes for Hurricane Katrina victims) to donating millions to the Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary, this Earth-loving twosome knows how to lead by example.” They get an A- in green from iVillage.com. OK, but seriously guys – ditch the Range Rover and whatever other monstrosities you’re driving (I found photos of Pitt with Suburbans and Jeeps, too). I’m sure you could get a good deal on a fleet of Ford C-Max Energis, which get a cool 100 MPGe on electric and gas combined.
John Mayer? “Cruise ships tend to be energy hogs—so for his ‘Mayercraft Carrier’ four-day floating music festival, Mayer teamed up with the non-profit groups Reverb, Another Kind of Green and NativeEnergy to donate to a carbon offset program.” But who’s offsetting the carbon from his Range Rover?
I could go on about all this, but celebrities are gonna be celebrities, let’s face it. The bottom line is they want you to model what they say, not what they do. Check out these video grades for celebrities on Earth Day: