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Goin' Green to the Ridiculous Eco-Extreme

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The economic news seems to get worse everyday: Foreclosures, downsizing and dwindling retirement funds. Sadly, the last thing on a parent's mind is "going green."

But not celebrities! While we're busy clipping coupons, they're busy saving the planet.  In the past "People" has featured a peek into Jessica Alba's eco-friendly nursery and home and last year, Halle Berry reportedly spent $60,000 on greenifying her new baby's three (three!) nurseries.

For you new moms out there who are considering eco-fying your new bundle's dwelling, we give you the cost of going organic, the cheap version and the ultimate (and utterly silly) way to go green.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Annette April 22, 2009, 1:21 PM

cute & funny article, except, I have to ask… are you really classifying breastfeeding as an “utterly silly” way to go green?

Heggie April 22, 2009, 1:33 PM

The best way to be “green” is to reduce. So no matter how many “eco-friendly” products Halle Berry loaded her nurseries up with, it was still excessive. Anytime something new has to created, resources are used.

Now, if she had stocked her nurseries with secondhand furniture and hand-me-down clothes, THEN she’d be a unique celebrity.


Condo Blues April 22, 2009, 1:44 PM

I think what you really should be saying is that you shouldn’t get your parenting or green advice from celebrities. Like raising a child, you can do green living as expesively or as cheaply as you choose. When my sister & her friends were having kids, they’d let the current mom to be borrow their bouncy seats, boppies, maternity clothes, etc. They practically had their own unoffical co-op going! They did it to help each other save money and get another use out of their baby stuff that they weren’t using but still wanted to keep just in case. That’s a green practice. They also hand around/down their kids clothes to each other - also free and also green. Don’t think that the celebrity way is the only way to go green or do everything else for that matter. If that’s the case then why aren’t we all driving imported sports cars?

Linda April 23, 2009, 1:28 AM

Agree with Heggie about Halle’s excessiveness.

Ju April 23, 2009, 11:09 PM

We only bought a handful of infant clothes for our DD. I went around with my MIL and SIL to garage sales (they are like experts with these!) and I loaded up on baby stuff that she was only going to outgrow in a few weeks/months. I certainly think recycling is the best way to go green. I agree with Heggie that youstill use resources when you create anything. AND I don’t know about you, but I don’t have $1400 to blow on a crib that only stays a crib.


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