"America's Next Top Model" Goes Green
Yesterday's series of Live Earth concerts happening across the globe aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Over the past few years, more and more celebrities and performers have started to take up this cause, and a new book highlights some of their efforts.

Authors Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen have recently published a book called The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. It not only outlines simple and easy tips for the average person to make their life more environmentally-responsible, it also provides stories from celebrities about their own efforts.

Included in the stories: what Tyra Banks does to help reduce the impact of her show, America’s Next Top Model.


A house full of young women, all removed from their normal day-to-day responsibilities, and focused on winning a beauty competition, is a situation ripe for wasting of resources. In order to help limit this, Tyra has instilled a few rules for America's Next Top Model. She directs the girls to take short showers, turn off the water faucet when brushing teeth, and flushing the toilet only when necessary.

These rules are great, but possibly in future Cycles of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra can expand her efforts to using something other then a Hummer limousine to transport the modelettes. Maybe a hybrid limo will eventually be available? Nevertheless, any efforts to make her show greener should be lauded.

Other simple tips the book offers that anyone can try include not asking for an ATM receipt, saying, ”If everyone in the United States refused their receipts, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator fifteen times!” Also, the book says a voicemail service rather than an electric answering machine. It claims that “the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt hours. The resulting reduction in air pollution would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year!”

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Star Magazine

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