Loving the Eco-Life

Actress and environmental activist Daryl Hannah's eco-website dhlovelife helps spread the green message.

| July/August 2009

Known for her roles in blockbuster movies such as Kill Bill and Splash, actress Daryl Hannah is also an environmental activist and the founder of dhlovelife, a website filled with environmental news, tips and products. Hannah also hosts the video blog series lovelife, in which she explores global sustainability and demonstrates fun ways to go green. In 2006, Hannah made news by chaining herself to a walnut tree to protest the demolition of a Los Angeles urban farm. Last year, she told big oil companies to clean up contamination in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

What inspired you to start dhovelife?

I was trying to get off the grid and overhaul my lifestyle so it was more in harmony with my ethics—it was quite difficult to find reliable information and access to goods and services. So I had the thought to create the portal I wished existed. The video aspect was originally meant to be a television program highlighting inspirational stories and easy-to-assimilate solutions. However, I wasn’t comfortable with the constraints the networks wanted to put on subject matters or their advertising partners. When I learned about video blogging, I realized it was the perfect outlet to get the information out without censorship. I make weekly 5-minute pieces. Animal, humanitarian and environmental concerns are all interconnected, so I cover everything from biofuels to vegan junk food. It has been so much fun to make, and great meeting amazing people and experiencing and learning all these wonderful things.

You sell goods on your website. What eco-standards do they have to meet? 

The goods we recommend and offer on DH Love Life are things I use and love. They also must be vegan, nontoxic, biodegradable, preferably recycled or at least recyclable, extremely useful, long-lasting, fun and have minimal packaging. Eventually I want to offer my top picks of everything from toothpaste to windmills.

You encourage people to shop locally. Do you have tips for local shopping?

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