INTERVIEW: Sophia Bush raises a ton of green to help people go green

Apr 29, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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On the gritty crime drama, Chicago P.D., Sophia Bush reps the strong, feisty, no-holds-barred women of the world as Detective Erin Lindsay. And in life, she's just as much of a fighter.

Bush may be diminutive in stature, but as Shakespeare said, "Though she be but little, she is fierce." The 32-year-old actress throws her entire being into advocating for the things she believes in — and a huge part of her advocacy is, and always will be, eco awareness.

For Earth Month this year, she has teamed up with EcoTools and Global Green USA to help encourage people to make small changes in their individual routines that can make a big difference in the world around them.

It wasn't a difficult decision for Bush by any stretch of the imagination to partner with the eco-conscious brands for this "Live Beautifully, Give Beautifully" campaign — during which EcoTools will donate $1 for every EcoTools brush sold (up to $100,000) to advance Global Green's eco initiatives.

"I was laughing, saying, 'Well, that's certainly a lot easier way to raise money than the time I tried to run a half marathon for Global Green!'" she said.

Such is part of the appeal of Bush's breed of activism. She's the accessible environmentalist — funny, passionate and "normal." She's proof that being an environmentalist doesn't necessarily mean chaining yourself to a tree in the rainforest somewhere.

"A lot of people feel like [going green] is this insurmountable goal or it's only something you can do if you want to live in Portland and be a vegan forever," she shared, laughing. "We wanted to create more access, so we've actually started this great hashtag, #ecoinspire, which is becoming this running database of tips."

And when it comes to tips, Bush is happy to kick in a few of her own "life hacks."

Like, for example, investing in high-quality glass bottles and toting them to work so she doesn't burn through a bunch of plastic water bottles. Or holding onto plastic bottles until you can recycle them. And making sure to unplug any electronic device not in use, as they continue to draw power even when off.

Little changes like this affected her daily routine, but she also points out that major life shifts — when possible — are important, too.

"A couple of years ago it was time for me to buy a car. I bought a clean diesel vehicle, and I'm so happy that I did! I get great gas mileage and I find that I feel really good about driving my car," she explained. "That's obviously on the larger end of change, but you can change the minutiae or you can change really big aspects of your life. It all adds up to a pretty great, noticeable difference."

A quick look at Bush's CrowdRise page makes it abundantly clear the big-hearted actress is an outspoken advocate for many platforms and issues, having already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities benefiting critically ill children, underprivileged children in developing countries and more.

In one call to action to her incredibly engaged fan base, Bush urged, "I say we show the world that our generation is made of givers — of global citizens, of humanitarians who value human life and love above all else."

She credits her parents for her drive to do good, but also admits it is something that has been with her for as long as she can remember.

"There are a lot of us out there who believe that people are good, and that we can make the world a better place and that people deserve a little help," she said. "I think that we're finally seeing society moving in that direction and it's so exciting because the world deserves it. And people deserve it, you know? I don't know why you'd want to live any other way."

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