Nicole Richie, Unplugged! Stars Share Their Eco-Friendly Habits

Find out what your favorite stars are doing to be more eco-friendly

By Brett Malec Sep 28, 2012 9:41 PMTags
Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Richie, Busy PhilippsJamie McCarty, Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com

The 2012 Environment Media Awards are just one day away, so to celebrate we've got tons of stars dishing about going green!

"I would say that we are a pretty green family," Nicole Richie told us of her and hubby Joel Madden's household. "I recycle; we unplug everything in the house when we go to sleep. [We're] definitely conscious."

"We live here," Richie added. "There's no other place to go. It's important that we care [of] where we are."

Like Richie, Modern Family starlet Arielle Winter is wired about going green around the house. "I turn off the lights every time I leave a room," she said. "I'm always unplugging toasters, I unplug all hot tools, I unplug everything."

Winter's Modern Family costar Ty Burrell and wife Holly go eco-friendly outdoors. "We try to conserve water," he said. "We changed all of our sprinklers. I live in Utah most of the time, and we re-landscaped and did all that stuff to try to save water."

New Girl starlet Zooey Deschanel also has a green thumb for going green. "I grow my own vegetables," she dished. "My own personal market."

"Well, if you don't recycle then you're just an idiot," Cougar Town star Busy Philipps joked.

"I use reusable bags always," Philipps said. "We try and stay away from plastic as much as possible in our house. And for my daughter's lunches we don't use Ziploc bags, we don't do sandwich bags; we do glass Tupperware and I have these cloth snack packs that we use."

"In Australia we like to keep the environment nice so we can enjoy it," Rebel Wilson, who's a big recycler, tells us. "You have to be like, 'Is that recycling? Is that pizza box recycling? Is that cake box recycling?' These are questions that haunt me."

"I think being green should be important to all of us," For a Good Time, Call... funnylady Ari Graynor told us. "Although I'd feel like a phony if I said I were out hitting the streets, trying to spread the word about that. But I do what I can in little ways—unplug things when I'm out of town, recycle, use the same water bottle over and over again. Little things help."

—Additional reporting by Marc Malkin and John Boone