We braved the crowds at the Natural Living Expo in Anaheim this weekend to chat with our fave green celebrity couple Ed Begley Jr. and Rachelle Carson. Weâ€™ve been barely able to keep up with the green carpet walking, electric vehicle unveiling, eco-fashion wearing, solar powered toast making couple the past couple weeks.
Edâ€™s event calendar has been packed, 95% of which he says is dedicated to saving the planet. He’s definitely doing what he loves â€œEver since the 1970â€™s Iâ€™ve been wanting to make a change.â€
Doesn’t look like the sched is going to lighten up either…he told us on Saturday that the show has been renewed for 13 more episodes!
Last time the â€˜razz chatted with Ed, he was announcing the new Phoenix Motorcars SUT. Heâ€™s waiting on his own SUT from Phoenix. Until then, heâ€™ll keep cruising in his Electric Rav 4, which he powers with the 6 Â½ Kilowatts of solar panels on his roof.
We asked him if the sun powers everything in his home, says Ed, â€œWell it did when I was single.â€ But now with two businesses under his roof, the car, kids, and a glamorous wife, the solar panels are stretched a little thin. To supplement additional energy use, the Begleyâ€™s purchase about $600 a year worth of Green Power from the power company.
Rachelle and Ed were at the Expo giving props to eco-centric beauty line Pangea Organics. Rachelle likes how simple the line is: cleanse, tone and moisturize. Plus, the more she learns about parabens and toxic chemicals in beauty products, the more she loves going au natural with Pangea. Says Rachelle about Pangeaâ€™s do-everything-all-at-once facial mask, â€œIt smells horrible, and looks even worse, but itâ€™s all natural and works great.â€ Plus, the packaging is plantable! Rachelle knows at least 10 women with breast cancer, so she feels good promoting and using products sans nasty chemicals. As she explains, â€œThereâ€™s a reason cancer is on the rise.â€
Rachelle also sees a turn for the better in eco-fashion. The industry is changing from, â€œthe ‘Pacific Northwestern look’ thatâ€™s really not me,â€ to more fashion forward organic garments. Rachelle agrees that organic is the way to go, â€œCotton is such a toxic crop, because of the Boll Weevil.â€
As always, we love you Begleyâ€™s. Keep up the great green work, and weâ€™ll catch up with you in Hollywood at the next green celeb event.