In an effort to lower their carbon footprint, artists and celebrities are utilizing sustainable fuels for their transportation. In other words, they are using biofuels.
Biofuels are derived from biomass, in this case, renewable plant matter such as corn, soy, peanuts, and hemp. Produced from vegetable oils, animal fats, or grease, biodiesel can be used in pure form or used as an additive to diesel to reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon output.
Daryl Hannah is one of the first celebrities to have used biodiesel. She speaks out strongly in support of biodiesel options that reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Daryl has partnered with Annie Nelson (wife of Willie Nelson) and biodiesel pioneer Kelly King to create the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. The SBA’s mission is to address issues regarding sustainable biofuels in the USA, educating the public about the value of biodiesel and reducing dependence on foreign fuels.
Willie Nelson, when he is on the road, uses buses powered by biodiesel, and utilizes biodiesel in his personal vehicles as well. He is a major proponent of home-grown fuel alternatives. When Willie learned that the biodiesel industry was a huge benefit to farmers, he partnered with Earth Biofuels to market the biodiesel broadly.
Joining Daryl Hannah and Willie Nelson in promoting the benefits of biofuels, Julia Roberts, in 2006, partnered with Earth Biofuels, Inc. as a spokesperson and advisory board member. One of the projects was to work on a program advocating the utilization of biodiesel in the 500,000 school buses in use throughout the country.
A very recognizable voice (you’ve heard him on March Of The Penguins and The Long Way Home), Morgan Freeman has also lent his voice to the biofuel movement as a spokesperson for Earth Biofuels.
And who are other artists devoted to using sustainable biofuels? Pearl Jam, Nora Jones, Sheryl Crow – they utilize biofuels in their touring vehicles in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
The movement is growing. Artists are making their voices heard, and walking the talk, as they support a clean, sustainable fuel source that is healthier for our planet and our economy.