From cooking recipes for gas-free beans to sipping on sustainably sourced biodiesel, find out which of your favorite celebrities are serving up (at times) more than a little weird, yet helpful tips to leading greener lifestyles. A star finds an unusual cure for acne, excess phlegm, and other unmentionables; a Hollywood heartthrob and HBO star rummages through the lost-and-found; and a Grammy Award-winning musician suggests steamy shower sessions for curbing water consumption. Here are some of our favorite green tips from celebrities.
1. Woody Harrelson Goes Milk-free and Then Vegan to Cure Runny Nose, Redness, and Acne
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Woody Harrelson shares a story with Hustler (as reported by Ecorazzi), on how he gave up dairy all together in his mid-twenties for a vegan diet--Twinkies were his favorite indulgence. He says, "When I was 23, 24, I used to have a really bad runny nose, mucus, tons of acne, reddishness all over. A woman on a bus I took looked at me and said I was lactose intolerant." Three days later, his symptoms were gone. If milk, cheese, or other dairy products give you the willies try an alternative like almond, rice, hemp, or soy milk -- yum!
2. Alicia Silverstone Serves Up a Gas-Free Bean Recipe
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Actress and Kind Diet author Alicia Silverstone spoke to the benefits of her vegan diet in a recent interview with Glamour. She says, "Eating vegan is more sustainable...I've been doing this for 11 years, and I get plenty of protein from lentil soup, hummus, beans." And when the conversation turned to, er, the resulting gas issue, Alicia served up a recipe to avoid the smelly afterthought: "Soak the beans overnight, and then cook them with a small piece of kombu, a Japanese seaweed. When you bring the beans to a boil, remove all the white foam at the top--that should remove all the gas." Alicia's tip not only helps us save face amongst lovers, roommates, and friends, it applies to cow farts too -- a leading source greenhouse gas emissions.
3. Daryl Hannah's Car Loves Vegetable Oil
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Sometimes cars have feelings too. In this case, the car is a Chevrolet El Camino, and it has a passion for waste: "My car loves to drink vegetable oil, especially if it's from waste," says actress Daryl Hannah. Maybe this quote came out a bit strange, but either way, we love her promotion of sustainably-sourced biodiesel.
The ever passionate activist and proponent for sustainable fuels and transport, Daryl Hannah refers to biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil (often collected from restaurants) which is growing in popularity and distribution. Check out Green Basics: Biodiesel to find a fueling station near you, and more.
After selling the El Camino on eBay, Daryl now gets around in a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am -- the one she drove in "Kill Bill" -- running on 85 percent ethanol.
4. Adrian Grenier Recommends Communal Winter Wear from the Lost-and-Found
"Entourage" fans may recognize Adrian Grenier as his alter ego Vincent Chase, but to the green world he is known for his role in Planet Green's show "Alter Eco" and for his support of environmental charities; he hosts the Charity:Water Ball annually in New York.
In an interview unearthed from the iVillage archives, Adrian discusses his wardrobe and says, "I think winter wear is communal, you get some gloves and a scarf from a lost-and-found box, wash them, wear them for a while until you lose them. Then somebody else does the same thing." The actor makes a good case for thrift stores: They are like lost-and-found boxes with price tags. He also challenges consumerism and the attachment to material possessions by proposing communal ownership.