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Alicia Silverstone: Secondhand Shopper with a Cause

11/28/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

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Rescuing lost dogs with her mom at a young age really made an impression on Alicia Silverstone. In her late teens, the actress started exploring cruelty-free products; by age 21 she was a full-on vegan; and at 23 she was subscribing to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

“It took so much effort to find out what products aren’t tested on animals — that was an ordeal,” Silverstone told reporters recently during a press event for EcoTools in New York. “But then when I became into eco, it took out all of that: if you’re using all-natural products that have no toxic chemicals, it narrows the playing field.”

These days, the actress is a strong advocate for all things green — she even makes the very anti-Hollywood choice of buying used clothes. “My second stop would be organic cotton,” she said. Scouring Craigslist for household items — “Then you get it really locally, and it already exists,” she explained — she stressed that she doesn’t sacrifice taste and style when shopping secondhand, either. “I realize if you’re not happy with what you have, you want to change it out more,” she shared.

Though she admitted that sometimes finding specific products can take time — “Shoes are a little trickier, but they exist,” she said — making these informed choices is necessary in her mind. “I’m trying to save the planet,” she said. “I’m trying to save our lives.”

While Silverstone doesn’t have the time to make her own eco-friendly beauty and home products just yet — “I have so little time to even take a shower,” the new mom and blogger joked — she said it’s not an impossibility. “Maybe there will be a time where I’m making brownies for my kids and making soap,” she mused, “and that’s all I’m doing.” Tell us: Do you keep your home green?

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diggity on

It’s one thing to state yourself as an animal lover, but something else to actually LIVE it. I commend Alicia on being a vegan and friend to not only animals, but the health of the planet.

Kel on

She puts some these hollywood ladies to shame.

sassy mommy on

Please I think I just threw up in my mouth. I am sooooooooo tired of the earth friendly do gooders. I love meat and will never ever give it up. I don’t mind buying second hand but not to ‘save the earth’. it saves me money. Really, get off the pedestal and come down where the rest of us mortals live.

Sue on

Sassy….why be a hater?

Brooke on

I agree with Sassy mommy.

PLEASE stop forcing this down our throats. I mean I think its great trying to do a little here and there, but to get so marinated in the whole issue DOES make me go “ugh” as well. I love meat, as well as vegetables. God gave us control over the animals so we aren’t mean people, its just the way it is. I am a total animal lover, but I also know how life is.

Sue on

Oh…and no one is putting themselves on a pedestal. Alicia is an amazing role model and believe or not, lots of us “mortals” aspire to and actually DO live a similar lifestyle to Alicia. People like you are becoming the minority.

Nerdista on

It’s great that she’s into conservation but I do have a problem with her “all natural” ideals. Chemicals and science have saved more lives than eating organic ever will. Let’s not forget that arsenic is natural as well. Everything in moderation!

Amanda on

@sassy mommy: Really? You are an extremely hateful person. We should commend her for doing good things instead of being mean about it. I am a vegan, as well as an “Earth Friendly Do Gooder”, and I don’t say you’re a bad person because you eat meat. Get a life, and try to be nice to people, it won’t kill you.

Kristen on

I’m sure glad there are people like Alicia Silverstone to help make up for the impact selfish people like Sassy Mommy make on the earth. Thanks for being an awesome role model, Alicia.

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