Behind-the-Scenes Green at the Oscars, Justin Bieber's Birthday Wish, and More


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You may have been focusing on the big winners, the best- and worst-dressed lists, and the fairly awkward host banter, but behind the scenes of the Academy Awards last Sunday, the NRDC's Allen Hershkowitz and his team were more concerned with making the show more sustainable. Mother Nature Network rounded up some of the more dramatic eco-efforts, including a red carpet made from recycled water bottles, local and organic food, and electricity provided entirely by renewable sources.

But for all the green thinking that went into the show's production, the awards didn't exactly favor environmental films: Both "Let's Pollute", nominated in the animated short film category, and "Gasland", which was in the running for best documentary, lost the statue to other contenders ("The Lost Thing" and "Inside Job" respectively).

On the sustainable-fashion front, Livia Firth continued her Green Carpet Challenge in a dress made from 11 other vintage gowns and paired with conflict-free jewelry. While some vintage experts called her out for destroying so many dresses just to make one finished product, Ecorazzi reports that the dresses in the gown were worn out and not able to be worn on their own.

Aron Ralston's Big Gift

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Though the movie based on his life, "127 Hours", didn't win either of the major awards it was nominated for -- Best Actor (James Franco) and Best Picture -- climber Aron Ralston still got plenty of accolades for his recent appearance on the NBC show "Minute to Win It", where he walked away with a $125,000 prize. He donated the money to Wilderness Workshop, where it will fund conservation efforts in Colorado's White River National Forest. (Via Ecorazzi)

Justin Bieber Celebrates His Birthday

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Teen pop star Justin Bieber is just about everywhere these days -- on the cover of Vanity Fair, starring in a 3-D documentary about his life, and even walking the Oscars' red carpet -- and now he's using his influence to support some very worthy causes. He handed over a lock of his hair to Ellen DeGeneres after appearing on her talk show, and allowed her to auction it off; the hair sold for more than $40,000 that he and Ellen donated to The Gentle Barn animal shelter. And for his 17th birthday, he asked fans to donate to charity: water (a favorite organization for celebs including Adrian Grenier, Alyssa Milano, and Jessica Biel) raising more than $46,000.

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