When I heard about the Vanity Fair/Planet Green/Lauren Bush (with her business partner, Ellen Gustafson)/ Kenneth Cole – FEED Heal+h backpack “Send Poverty Packing” event, my first thought was, this must be a very important charity if so many people have come together to support one cause. And I was right!.
In an exclusive EcoDivas interview, fashion model and designer Lauren Bush graciously informed me that she’d made a trip to some of the Sub-Saharan African villages and she wanted to find a way to deliver medical supplies, vaccines and birth control to the villages. She then explained that for each FEED Heal+h backpack purchased at Kenneth Cole, a second bag would be donated and delivered to one of the villages filled with all the medical supplies. All this was made possible in conjunction with the Millennium Project, an organization that provides solutions to improve lives and lift people out of poverty. The amazing thing about this bag is that it’s made from eco-friendly recycled plastic-based nylon, which is durable, waterproof and reusable.
Having been to Zambia myself, I realize the necessity of paying attention to my own actions and how they alter the environment on the other side of the globe. So the epiphany I had again last night was: What I do here in Los Angeles actually affects the health and lives of people in Africa.
Not only does my choice to purchase a sustainable bag help humanitarian efforts, but because the FEED Heal+h backpack is made from eco-materials that will last for a long time, I can also do a small part to help lower, or at least sustain, the temperature in Africa. Sickness, drought, the inability to grow crops and global warming all go hand in hand.
It was also wonderful to see so many young Hollywood stars and starlets really analyzing environmental issues and connecting the fun sides of making a difference. I had the opportunity to talk about eco-divalicious environmental issues and tips with the lovely Lauren Storm, the animated Vanessa Lengies and the sassy Alex Krosney. Not to mention, it was great to run into Alexa Vega who I hadn’t seen in 4-5 years. I must add it was nice to see her all grown up, environmentally conscious and with her natural blonde hair vs. the constantly dyed-darker-hair she had to maintain throughout the ‘Spy Kids’ series. Let’s not forget the fabulous EcoDiva herself, Rachelle Carson-Begley, who was there with her daughter, Hayden, and husband, Ed Begley.
Other celebs at the event: Ali Larter, Erin Cummings, Reid Scott, Aly Michalka, Krysten Ritter, Erin Cummings, Ethan Erickson, Brandon Barash, Ryan Kwanten, Madeline Zima, Rhada Mitchell, Enzinga Blane, Paul Haggis and Lauren Conrad.
Photos © Mark Savage