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At this month’s Climate Conference in Copenhagen, actress Daryl Hannah discussed her concern for the climate but her interest in saving the planet is more than talk – she has made going green a lifestyle.

Besides that her car runs on waste vegetable matter and her house’s solar panels allow her to be independent from the main power grid, she has incorporated environmentally friendly systems and practices into her every day, as she explained to The Sun:

“One of the most basic things is about getting toxic chemicals out of your home,” said Hannah. “The best chemicals to replace them are vinegar and baking soda. You can make a change in every facet of your life. I use cosmetics that are non-carcinogenic and biodegradable. That’s important, especially since I’m on a grey water system – that means I reuse the water in the house to water the garden.”

Hannah, who said she grows most of her own food, has found that the rewards of her efforts reach beyond the obvious advantages: “Have you ever had a wild strawberry? They pack a watermelon-sized punch of flavour into that little thing. An industrial strawberry has no flavour. The difference with all this stuff is it tastes better, it smells better, it is better for every other living thing. Almost everybody could grow seeds in their garden or on their window.”

Admittedly, eating out can happen, but she had a solution for that as well: “Am I going to get some food in a styrofoam container, or am I going to bring my own cup and my own cutlery set and say I won’t participate in a disposable society? All that stuff that poisons the air, the soil and the water – it should be against the law.”

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