Nicole Richie and Sheryl Crow Talk Motherhood, Jared Leto on Global Warming, and More

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | February 7th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Green Living, Healthy Home

Just a few years back, Nicole Richie was literally hell on wheels. (The whole driving down the wrong way on the highway while intoxicated thing springs to mind.) Now, she and her rocker beau Joel Madden have settled down — establishing a charity called Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation and raising a baby girl named Harlow. But I have to say, I was really shocked to see the happy couple exiting a store today with Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Diapers. She’s come a lot further than I expected, joining the ranks of green guru Julia Roberts, by using these diapers, which are free of dangerous toxins and help reduce the amount of dioxin polluting air, land and sea.

Now let’s just hope Joel is getting better with diaper-changing. Right after Harlow’s arrival the proud papa blogged that the baby “barely ever cries, even when daddy is changing her diaper, and believe me, I suck when it comes to diapers, but I’m learning!”

It seems like Joel and Nicole are both learning — in many great ways.

Because the 50th Annual Grammys air Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8pm on CBS, I thought I’d stick with the music theme…

Sheryl Crow’s new album, Detours, dropped this week and the woman who only wanted to have fun a few years back tackles tough topics this go-round including cancer, New Orleans and the environment. The new mom of son Wyatt told The Ampersand: ”[Parenthood] makes you feel differently about the problems of the environment and the war, who’s going to pay for that. But I think we have an opportunity right now to affect some kind of change. But we don’t have long. So that’s one of the reasons it’s important, for me, to be writing about things that really matter.” So refreshing, especially after seeing the video for The Hills star Heidi Montag’s new single, which makes Paris Hilton look like Whitney Houston.

I’m not a Jared Leto fan — perhaps because he once said “blogging should die a sudden death” — but he and his band 30 Seconds to Mars shot a video for the title track of their new album “A Beautiful Lie” in Greenland to help spotlight environmental issues. To minimize fuel consumption on the shoot, they purchased North American Blend Green Tags (a renewable energy certificate product) from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which offsets the environmental effects of burning coal, gas and other fossil fuels across North
America.

“Shooting in Greenland was a dream come true,” said the singer/actor. “Almost everyone has heard of global warming by now but for the people of Greenland it is a real and tangible problem of today, not an issue of tomorrow. This journey changed our lives.”

And it’s changing my opinion of him. Way to go, Jared. Now ease up on the nasty blogger comments… and the eyeliner!

Shakira has great abs — and a big heart. To benefit her Barefoot Foundation — which supports at-risk children in her native Columbia — she’s hosting a charity auction on eBay which offers guitars and costumes from her Oral Fixation world tour. And, yes, her tour was really called Oral Fixation. No comment.

Lastly, congrats to KT Tunstall, the Scottish singer and environmentalist because she’s newly engaged.She also recently told People magazine that now not only is her home eco-friendly, her guitar is too.

“I love whiskey, and Talikser [a Scottish whiskey maker] read that I was a fan,” she old the mag. “So they had a guitar made for me out of old whiskey barrels. My eco-guitar!”

Rock on, KT. Rock on.

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