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Six Celebrities Who are Passionate about Sustainability

Brad Pitt on the red carpet.

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Most conversations about celebrities revolve around what designers they’re wearing or whom they’re dating. But these big names in entertainment have used their status and resources to bring the spotlight to a more important issue: sustainability.

Brad Pitt

“We’re cracking the code on affordable green housing.” Source: O Magazine

Actor Brad Pitt decided to introduce a different type of “Fight Club” when he launched Make it Right, a non-profit working toward building green, affordable homes to help families who had lost their homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The organization fights for sustainability by building homes that are powered by renewable energy, are LEED Platinum certified, and made of non-toxic, reusable materials.

Jessica Alba

“Our mission at The Honest Company is to provide healthier, more sustainable products for today’s families and generations to come.” Source: Venture Beat

Jessica Alba, of “Fantastic Four” and “Dark Angel” fame, is passionate about making sure individuals have access to green products. She is a co-founder of The Honest Company, which makes safe and eco-friendly baby care and household products.

Matt Damon

"I feel like the work I do now allows me to change things." Source: CNN

Matt Damon is best known for writing the screenplay for and starring in “Good Will Hunting,” and later starring in the “Bourne” film series. He is dedicated to promoting sustainability, and co-founded, an organization that works to provide access to safe water and sanitation to hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America.

Jack Johnson

“We try to do as much as we can with greening the tour.” Source: Origin Magazine

Musician Jack Johnson promotes sustainability — even while he’s on the road. He and his band made the commitment to minimize the environmental impact of their travel while on tour. Johnson also founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaiian schools, and started the All at Once campaign, a social action network that supports efforts to grow food at home, find plastic-free alternatives, and encourage the use of reusable bags.

Leonardo DiCaprio

"I watched documentaries on green resource depletion and the loss of species and habitats for animals around the world, and it affected me in a very hardcore emotional way when I was younger, so later in life I wanted to continue that path."

“Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio has supported a number of environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Sierra Club. In 2008, he narrated and produced “The 11th Hour,” a documentary focusing on the global environment.

Mark Ruffalo

“For the first time in human history, we’re actually at a place, technologically speaking, where we can make this transition.” Source: Grist Magazine

Mark Ruffalo might be best known for seeing red while starring as the Hulk in “The Avengers,” but this actor also sees green in his work championing for a sustainable future and as the co-founder of Water Defense. Water Defense is a charity organization that aims to create a world where water is the safe and powered by clean and sustainable energy.