Eco Guy Crush #9: Adrian Grenier [Alter Eco, Solar Home, Teenage Paparazzi]

Ok. This one is, like, sooo obvious. (That’s my attempt to get into character as a gushing celebrity-obsessed blogger.)

But actually, the more I look into Adrian Grenier’s background and work, the more I realize that beyond his sexy scruff and dark, brooding eyes, this guy’s living with integrity, pursuing worthwhile causes and having a good time while doing so.

Adrian Grenier, why do I have a crush on thee? Let me count the reasons, from eco insulation to sparkly blue spandex… 

1. He made his directorial debut in ‘99, with a documentary called “Shot in the Dark,” about searching for, and finding his biological father. In an interview about the film he says, “Don’t let the missteps of your parents hold you down. Don’t let their mistakes make you bitter. We can all be victims if we choose to; we can all find a reason, if we want, to divert the responsibility of our lives to others.” His latest project, Teenage Paparazzi, is about celebrities and their relationships with the paparazzi.

2. His show on Planet Green, Alter Eco, helps everyday folk go green…and in the process helps add sex appeal and celeb-cred to “going green.” I don’t have a TV, so check out Waylon’s review of the show

3. Back in March, he joined the Do Not Mail Campaign against junk mail. Quoth he, “Junk mail is more than an annoying waste of time, it’s a waste of our environment.”

4. Adrian insulated his Brooklyn home with recycled denim and installed solar panels on the roof. Even better, when the story broke on Brownstoner and a host of nasty comments from pretentious New Yorkers ensued, Adrian himself (or at least someone pretending to be him…really, who can tell?) signed onto the site and posted the following comment: “I do NOT approve any prior messages on this post. Sorry if you don’t like the look of my renovation, but energy independence is too important to me to worry about whether this meets your aesthetic approval. You should all think hard about how you impact the environment yourselves before you judge me.”

Have your own reasons for crushing on Grenier? Or a tip for our next eco crush? Post ‘em below.


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toko buku online Dec 21, 2014 8:11am

Paparazzi tend to be independent contractors, unaffiliated with any mainstream media organization and pictures taken are usually done so by taking advantage of any opportunity. Many experts consider the behavior of paparazzi to be synonymous with stalking, and anti-stalking bills in many countries have tried to reduce harassment of public figures and celebrities, especially in regard to minor children. Many public figures and celebrities have expressed concern about the extent to which paparazzi invade their personal space, and the filing and receiving of judicial support for restraining orders against paparazzi is increasing as are lawsuits with judgments against them.

JakeyM Feb 15, 2013 8:21pm

I agree, but people need to appreciate that adding Solar on their house is an asset that should raise the actual worth of their home if / when they choose to sell. With the environment the way it is going we simply cannot underestimate any solution that offers free electricity at no cost to both the client and more significantly the environment!

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Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal’s print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, “TINY: A Story About Living Small”, about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.