As celebrities navigate towards fresh food and a salubrious lifestyle, Eco-chef Bryan Au leads them in the right direction. “Alicia Silverstone was one of my inspirations. She taught me a lot about raw foods.” Silverstone is working on a cookbook right now.
Au revealed to the Tolucan that Michael Jackson had a smoothie for breakfast every morning. “It was made with beet juice.” Au, a TV host, was once personal chef for Tobey McGuire. His green lifestyle recipes launch internationally on Earth Day for phone apps.
Sitting on a quiet Hollywood street is Chaz Dean Studio, a Zen-like garden and refuge. Dean, hairdresser extraordinaire, is an innovator in the art of all-natural shampoo. He recently hosted Buddha Barks, a charity treat for dogs and their owners, at his complex, where he provided canine massages, mobile grooming and organic chow. Dean, a QVC staple, plans to make this an annual event.
Matt Reynolds owns Indigenous Designs, a certified organic apparel company that sources over 1,000 hand-knitting artisans, located mainly in South America. His company uses natural fibers utilizing silk, wool, alpaca, Tencel, and organic cotton. With their partners Green Mountain Energy, they offset 33 tons of CO2 emissions generated and prevent the sequestration of 4,300 trees.
Everyone loves a shawl for their multiple purposes. This writer has been known to use them as pillows and blankets on long flights.
Eco-designer Ian Saude, man of pastels, created Khatoosh shawls. Saude’s yarn is spun from the highest grades of cashmere shorn from the neck/underbelly of Tibet and Mongolia goats. His product subs for endangered fibers of Shahtoosh, not allowed in the U.S.
“We’ve been green long before it was considered cool,” says Sherman Oaks resident Rebecca Savich, CEO of Contour Table Systems, massage tables designed for women’s breast comfort. She works with Trees for the Future and has zero carbon footprints.
The historic Napa River Inn, at the Napa Mill, is a recycled building, instead of a tear-down. Newspapers, coffee cups, batteries, and computer parts are recycled and the Inn uses gas-burning fireplaces. The hotel, built in 1884, completed the Napa River Project, which reduces flooding and the need for clean up.
A few steps away, the Napa Wine Train is the only U.S. train that runs on CNG (compressed natural gas). This technology is also used in Peru and India. It reduces harmful emissions by 80%. The Wine Train sponsors “I Left My Car in San Francisco,” a green inspired overnight package.
Ever go glamping? Short for glamorous camping, it’s the latest vacay trend for those who wouldn’t dare sleep on the ground but want to stay green. Luxe accommodations at The Rockwater Secret Cove in British Columbia: tree-house tents (on the water) with heated slated floors and a hydrotherapy tubs.
On Earth Day, Ojai’s Blue Iguana Inn celebrates a Wild Iguana package including a self-guided tour of the Taft Botanical Garden. Known for their South African and Australian native plant collection, the gardens are closed to the public. The Inn donates to the Blue Iguana Program, as it is the most endangered iguana on earth.
Sue Facter writes about all things A-list including entertainment, travel and beauty for publications worldwide.