How ‘Green’ Can a Giant Mansion Be?
It’s not really news that another super rich celebrity couple has built a $20 million mansion. That is pretty standard in a day in the life of the one percent. However, when one of these millionaires (excuse me, almost-billionaires) considers herself an eco-activist, I start to question.
Supermodel Gisele BŁndchen and her NFL quarterback husband Tom Brady have just completed their $20 million home in the Los Angeles area. The 22,000 square foot mansion includes “eight bedrooms, a six-car garage, wine cellar, weight room, and a lagoon shaped swimming pool.”
But don’t worry, the couple has taken a few measures to ensure that their pad is ‘green.’ Their gargantuan house includes both solar panels and a rainwater recovery system.
Kudos to Gisele and Tom. Seriously. I’m not trying to begrudge them their success. But I must ask the question. Can solar panels and rain water collection negate the environmental and social impact of a giant mansion? In a culture that encourages everyone to constantly buy more stuff, isn’t an unnecessarily huge house a waste of resources and space? Many people agree that the most environmentally sustainable house is a small house.
What do you think? Is Gisele’s move inherently hypocritical? Or should we applaud her for at least attempting to make her home eco-friendly?
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