Doesn't it seem like Hollywood's been bursting with babies this summer? Lovelies like Naomi Watts, Keri Russell and Jaime Pressly became first-time moms, and a vigilant bump-watch continues for Salma Hayek, Isla Fisher, Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera, not to mention the never-ending J. Lo and Sandra Bullock burgeoning-belly rumors.
Are Selma Hayek and Isla Fisher -- soon to be parent of a baby Borat -- the next eco-moms?
Seems that when the mama-bear instincts kick in, it is also a catalyst for celebs (and any parent) to get their green on. Moms want nothing but the healthiest environment for their tots, and, clearly, having a habitable planet becomes a top priority.
Ice-skating legend Scott Hamilton and wife Tracie moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, Tenn., to raise 3-year-old son Aidan in greener pastures. "We wanted him to be around animals, lots of land, and to be closer to our families," Scott tells TGC.
Tracie, now pregnant with baby number two, says they buy organic everything, from food to products. "Our laundry detergent and house-cleaning products are natural. We even use a natural version of drain cleaner," says Tracie, a former nutritionist. "And when we have our new baby, I want to check out organic crib mattresses and bedding."
Eco-Parents Scott and Tracie Hamilton, and Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
Back in Tinseltown, when longtime greenie and "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross -- who, last spring, was honored by the Healthy Child Healthy World organization for her valiant efforts on its behalf -- gave birth back in February, she let it be known that her twins, Eden and Savannah, would be given Similac Organic Infant Formula. Cross might be able to share other finds with her former "Melrose Place" co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith, who announced her first pregnancy last month. Courtney can also get pointers from Kimberly Williams-Paisley, her current co-star on ABC's "According to Jim."
Kimberly and hubby, country superstar Brad Paisley, swear by Seventh Generation diapers for their 6-month-old William Huckleberry. Kimberly explains, "They're chlorine-free, and best if you're going to use disposable." When she can, Kimberly supplements with Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers. "They come in great colors and are really soft," she says.
Dave Matthews at Live Earth
Rocker Dave Matthews spoke up about disposable diapers following his appearance at July's Live Earth New York concert. When it comes to covering his new baby boy's bottom, Dave says, "We use cloth diapers because I think diapers might be the No. 3 piece of garbage [in terms of environmental damage]."
Gwen Stefani and son Kingston
Other rock royalty who have green offspring include Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, who treat their son, Kingston, to organic-only skin products from Nature's Gate.
Mariska Hargitay and son August.
Meanwhile, more glitterati mamas are fast becoming green machines, too. Mariska Hargitay is one of a long list of fans of The Thymes Sweetleaf Baby line of bath and skin products that are pure and mild and use nothing but natural fragrance to infuse their yummy aromas. And ever wonder what gives Maddox's Mohawk its lift? Angelina Jolie uses The Original Little Sprout, a line of professional, natural hair-care products that are gentle enough for babies but work well on mom, too.
Then there's Livie & Luca kids' shoes, an earth-minded company that has fans in big stars like Kate Winslet, Brooke Shields and Gwyneth Paltrow. It boasts cute styles and a commitment to minimizing its carbon footprint by packing pairs in reusable cloth bags instead of standard shoe boxes.
The choices and proponents go on and on, but as the green mantra extols: Do what you can, don't try to do it all. Like new-mom-for-the-second-time Julia Roberts wisely put it to pal Oprah, "Every time I go to the grocery store carrying my grocery sacks back from the time before, I feel happy. All the tiny things, I think, really do make a difference."
Sir Richard Branson and Daryl Hannah riding a smoothie-making bike at the second-annual Virgin Festival.
The "G" List:
This week's celeb-types earning green thumbs up...
Sir Richard Branson and his second-annual Virgin Festival. The August 4th-5th event at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., teamed up with longtime environmentalist Daryl Hannah and earth-pros The Spitfire Agency to help ensure the event came as close to zero waste as possible. The eco-friendly production allowed people to bring in empty water bottles that could be refilled at water stations; used compostable products made from renewable sources instead of typical plastic cups and silverware; and made sure to carbon-offset the event (i.e., help to balance out any damage they incurred from unavoidable things like flights) by donating clean energy to communities.
And brown thumbs down to...The upcoming Spice Girls Reunion Tour. The fit five may have Pilated their way back to top physical form, but their global consciousness could sure use a tune-up. Seems the, er, girls have each been guaranteed their OWN private jet to use throughout the duration of the tour. Published reports say that, as a result, the once-beloved Brits will generate a staggering 9,500 tons of carbon dioxide. TGC says let's just hope the tour never gets off the ground due to lack of public interest.
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