Eco-Celeb of the Week: Rachael Ray

February 7, 2013

Rachael Ray supports the planet through animal activism, recycling and driving hybridsEco News Network presents our favorite eco-celeb of the week. We love seeing what celebrities are up to, and that doesn’t mean when it comes to movies, television or music albums, but with how they’re giving back to the planet. This week, chef and talk show host Rachael Ray caught our eye. Not only is she a wonderful cook who knows food well, but she is also an animal lover and supporter of the environment. Check out how she protects Mother Earth.

Author, chef, talk show host, wife and pet owner; these are just a few of Rachael Ray’s successes. Of course, she is most popular for her cooking skills, but what some might not realize is she is just as popular for her eco-friendly qualities.

The 44-year-old is an avid animal activist, and isn’t afraid to take a stand for animal rights. It all starts at home for Rachael with her pit bull, Isaboo.

Isaboo is basically Rachael’s child, and she treats her like one. “I make a dog-friendly version of almost everything that we make for dinner, so she gets a lot of home-cooked food. She likes barley or orzo with chicken stock, carrots and parsley. She likes parsley a lot,” she told PEOPLE. The pit bull also sleeps in bed with Rachael and her hubby, John.

The love she has for Isaboo extends to all pups and animals. Just recently, Rachael donated $500,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals help animals caught in Superstorm Sandy. She also shipped four tons of her Nutrish pet food.

Speaking of Nutrish, Rachael started the pet food line in 2008, which offers all-natural food and treats for dogs. The best part is all proceeds go directly to Rachael’s Rescue – started by the chef – to provide food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need.

She’s also working on a Nutrish line for cats. What doesn’t she do for animals?

In addition to her amazing animal work, Rachael also benefits the planet in other ways. For example, it was reported in 2007 by that she will only drive Prius hybrids. Also, she’ll only be driven around in a Prius.

Rachael also supports recycling. Her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, is printed on 85 percent recycled paper, and production uses 12 percent less paper per issue.

It’s great to see a celebrity chef dabbling in the green world, and we can’t wait to see what Rachael does next! Hopefully, other celebs will start following her footsteps.

-Allyson Koerner

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