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Gwyneth Paltrow's weirdly-named GOOP website and weekly newsletter are full of the actress's favorite things--destinations, recipes, meditation techniques, detox plans, fashions, books, and more--for die-hard fans looking to live the Paltrow life. But this week, she enlisted one of her more famous vegetarian friends for a special guest post:Paul McCartney helped out with a guest post on the benefits of Meat-Free Monday. After a run-down of the environmental statistics associated with eating meat, Sir Paul finishes with these words of inspiration: "When you think about it, there are so many great alternatives, for instance, in Italian cooking, so many of the dishes are vegetarian already and Thai and Chinese cuisine are the same. All it means is that you have to think a bit about what you'll eat that day but, in actual fact, far from being a chore, it's a fun challenge." Of course, if the actress and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, want to cut their carbon footprint they could start at home: the couple reportedly plan to expand their London mansion--remodeled from two single, attached homes--by purchasing a third attached home and incorporating it for more space. (Via Express)
The Grammys Honor the Green Side of Michael JacksonVideo via YouTube
The Grammys struck a chord among Michael Jackson fans and environmentalists with their tribute to the singer on Sunday: a performance of the star's "Earth Song" by Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, and Smokey Robinson followed a recorded interview with Michael himself, where he talked about his passion for saving the planet. "That's why I write these kind of songs, to give some kind of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the planet." The segment, filmed in 3-D, finished with all the singers turned away from the audience to face photos of Jackson; afterward, his son, Prince Michael, took the stage with sister Paris to accept a lifetime achievement award on his father's behalf, saying, "Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped many charities and donated to all of them."
Christie's Auctions Off Your Favorite Celebs
Stuck on that perfect green Valentine's Day gift? Give your sweetheart an IOU--and then bid on items from Christie's green auction, A Bid to Save the Earth, on April 22. In a partnership with Central Park Conservancy, Oceana, NRDC, and Conservation International, the famed auction house and NBC Universal are putting together a live auction--with Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Salma Hayek, Ed Norton, Brooke Shields, and other A-list celebrities on the Host Committee--and a silent version with items that include a day on-set with Hugh Jackman, lunch with Vera Wang, a private cooking lesson with Alice Waters, and the chance to meet Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock.
Of course, if shelling out hundreds of dollars for a VIP experience isn't in your Valnetine's Day budget, try an eco-friendly date night instead--with a trip to the film of the same name. Valentine's Day star Ashton Kutcher tells Mother Nature Network that eco-friendly choices were a priority on the set: "There was a lot of dedication in this movie to using solar panels and clean energy and recycling...I think that every opportunity we have in our industry to make what we're doing a more environmentally conscious effort is a good thing." MNN also reports that the crew used "reusable sets, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles, biodegradable plates and utensils at craft services, and personal stainless steel water bottles given to the cast and crew." But will all the changes hold up? Diana Pokorny, executive producer, thinks so: "It's not only about making a difference now; it's about creating technologies and methods that will continue to be improved upon for the next movie, and so on." The film, which opens 2/12, shows off an A-list roster including Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Queen Latifah, Patrick Dempsey, Shirley MacLaine, and Julia Roberts.