Brad Pitt's been spotted on many a magazine cover for his latest movies and tabloid-famous family, but now the star graces the cover of the January issue of Architectural Digest. The star with a passion for architecture who's contributed eco designs for Dubai and worked with Global Green on affordable housing is making the leap to the shelter magazine world. Pitt shares the cover with one of the 150 eco-friendly homes in New Orleans that he is helping to sponsor and build through his Make It Right Foundation.
To find out more about Make It Right, as well as to see images of some of the homes that have been constructed,
86 of 150 affordable environmentally sound houses have been sponsored and/or built since last December, and the rest of the homes will be finished over the next year. Pitt pledged to match $5 million in contributions to the project, as did Steve Bing, the philanthropist, and nine architecture firms have donated their services to the cause.
The houses are being built using Cradle to Cradle Certification, which means that every building material and component in the house can either be biodegraded or recycled. Some products used in the homes include EcoWorx Performance Broadloom carpet, which, unlike most carpet, can be collected and recycled. Homes also use TimberSIL wood treatment, which replaces the hazardous copper, chromium, and arsenic-based preservatives, as well as Earthtex fabric, which is a no-VOC product that is 100-percent recyclable.
In the Architectural Digest article Pitt is quoted as saying, "You have no idea what a high it is for me to see the delight on people's faces when they see how these homes work . . . This project is not mine anymore. It's so beyond me."