Sustainability on the red carpet: Cate Blanchett recycles her looks

 The Australian-American actress makes a statement on the red carpet

Cate Blanchett

Author: House of Eden

"Recycling and sustainability" are on everyone's lips these days. In order to save raw materials, all resources can be reused and thus contribute to environmental protection. Oscar-winner Caterine "Cate" Blanchett is putting recycling into practice and hitting the red carpet in looks she wore a few years ago.

These include, for example, a glittering Esteban Cortázar dress. Blanchett performed in this garment for this year's Venice Film Festival. In 2015, the actress appeared in the same dress for Carol's press tour.

Likewise, the revised Alexander McQueen bodice was worn again. In 2016, the Oscar winner paired the hand-embroidered garment with a black skirt at the EE British Academy BAFTA Awards in London. This time the top was paired with elegant silk pants.

Beauty lasts forever - recycling on the red carpet

Although wearing an outfit several times doesn't come as a surprise to the general public, a rewear on the red carpet sends a strong message. Longtime stylist Elizabeth Stewart explains that fashion is usually about breaking the mold with new looks. Unfortunately, a tailor-made outfit requires a lot of resources, hundreds of hours of work and several workers.

Stewart also emphasizes the environmental impact of just one look. A typical fitting brings together pieces from Paris, London, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Lebanon, Japan, Berlin, Stockholm and Dubai in one place. Thus, shipping around the world in particular ensures a bad ecological footprint. The stylist therefore does not see the repeated wearing of a piece of clothing as a problem, since a large part of CO2 emissions can be saved in this way. In addition, great clothing deserves multiple presentations.

Cate Blanchett has repeated her outfits many times. This includes the statement Alexander McQueen suit for the London Film Critics' Circle Awards in February. In 2016 it was already worn for the BAFTAs in London. The Oscar winner is also often spotted in eco-conscious brands like Stella McCartney and Wolk Morais. They both value sustainable production and recycling.

The actress focuses on renewable energies and supports refugees

Cate Blanchett is also committed to more sustainability outside of her wardrobe: in 2010, the actress and her husband started the "Greening the Wharf" project. This included, among other things, the installation of the second largest photovoltaic system in Australia. The couple's project won two Green Globe Awards that same year. One for Sustainability Excellence and one for Community Sustainability.

In addition to her commitment to the environment, Cate Blanchett also supports the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2015 she traveled to Lebanon to deal more with the issue of stateless people from Syria. In 2016, she was even appointed UNHCR Goodwill Envoy. In January 2018, the actress also received the World Economic Forum's prestigious Crystal Award for her humanitarian work.

Cate Blanchett shows how: reduce, reuse, recycle

With her wardrobe on the red carpet, Cate Blanchett sends an important signal to the audience: It is possible to rewear items of clothing without losing their chic.


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