Eco Maniac: How Green Does Your Oscar Glow?

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Eco Maniac: How Green Does Your Oscar Glow?

You probably wouldn't expect the Academy Awards to be a very eco-friendly event, and you'd be correct. Although, some folks do what they can.

Meryl Streep, in addition to being practically perfect in every way, arrived at the red carpet in the solar-powered 2010 Toyota Prius that will be unveiled later this spring. Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosario Dawson and Adrien Grenier are taking the same ride as coordinated by Toyota and Econation, a company that provides green ground transportation. "The entertainment industry is working to influence the rest of the world to use more sustainable options for transportation," stated Ben Bloch, Managing Partner of Econation, "with the new Prius, Toyota continues to break ground and set the right example for the rest of the industry. You might be surprised how many people prefer a Prius over a stretch or an SUV these days. Everyone from CEO's of the biggest film studios to Academy Award(TM) nominees request the Prius when they're going out on the town because it makes the best statement from an environmental perspective, and is stylish and comfortable as well."

As far as the nominated films go, Wall-E had an eco theme and won several categories, though it wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Two documentaries — Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World and the Katrina snapshot Trouble the Water — could also be considered environmental pieces, but neither of them one. (That statue went to Moon's pet film Man on Wire.)

Here's Zaproot's take on last night's non-eco nominees:

Global Green USA threw a pre-Oscar party at Avalon in Los Angeles a few days ago that included guests like Sheryl Crow, Gavin Rossdale, Kate Walsh, Neil Patrick Harris, Heather Graham and, of course, DiCaprio. Despite owning two hybrids, Walsh arrived in Audi's new diesel-powered Q7 TDIs, while Maria Menounos wore a milk fiber dress and recycled jewelry. Crow and Rossdale both performed at the event that raised money for GG's Green Schools program in New Orleans. The initiative focuses on improving student health and performance, creating green jobs and solving climate problems. Trying to get the audience to be generous in their donations, Crow proclaimed, "I like green — I like trees, I love dollar bills!"



Comments [6]

rovermom's picture

I'm hoping we learn to make

I'm hoping we learn to make batteries that are bio-degradable.

Who thought's we could make plastic cups/lids/straws/spoons/knives/forks/plates/bottles from corn?

Tex's picture

Sweetness, great to see you

Sweetness, great to see you too - when you watch Wall-E think of me....

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Steph H's picture

Tex- it's VERY nice to see

Tex- it's VERY nice to see you around here again..

(Still haven't seen Wall-E.......)

Tex's picture

Wall-e will take care of them

Wall-e will take care of them for us.....he is so cute! The all surviving roach was hilarious...

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Kelly McCartney's picture

I have the diesel Jeep

I have the diesel Jeep Liberty and run biodiesel when I can get it. There's a B20 station here in Santa Fe and a B99 station in West L.A. that I used to hit. I actually lean more toward biofuels than batteries. Neither is perfect, but whose landfill will all of those massive hybrid batteries sit in for millions of years?

Won't you be my neighbor? @theKELword

Tex's picture

Saving up for the Ford Escape

Saving up for the Ford Escape Hybrid - already got the fuzzy dice!

Cool vids......bought Wall-E the other day - I'm a sucker for robo-love! or any kind of love for that matter......

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