THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. JUNE 13, 2010. By Irene Lacher
For all we know, Alison Brie might have been wearing a recording of Frank Sinatra singing "Fly Me to the Moon" at Global Green USA's 14th annual Millennium Awards on Saturday.
Yes, you read that right.
The "Mad Men" actress -- she plays Pete Campbell's wife, Trudy -- was sporting an eco-friendly strapless dress and shrug by L.A. designer Deborah Lindquist, made of sustainable hemp silk and recycled materials: cashmere, leather and cassette tapes.
"The bodice is made from something called 'sonic fabric,' " said Brie. "The inside is cassette tapes, cut up and woven together. If you had an old tape player and you put headphones on and opened it up and rubbed it against this, you'd hear sounds."
The spirited actress says she's delighted to see the burgeoning Earth-friendly spin on fashion.
"It's really a great statement about fashion and eco-friendly activism today that there is this crossover, where five years ago it was very difficult to find eco-friendly designers and fabrics, especially for higher-end stuff."
Are you listening, designers?
"I'm in the market for red carpet eco-friendly designers," Brie says. "Give me a call. I will be happy to advertise, on my person."
Which she just happens to take with her everywhere she goes.
Brie was among the eco celebs who turned out to present an award at or simply to support the benefit dinner at Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel, along with "27 Dresses" costar Judy Greer, Sharon Lawrence, Michael O'Keefe, Cheryl Tiegs and "Avatar's" Michelle Rodriguez, who presented an award to her former boss, James Cameron, and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, accepting in absentia by video.
Also participating were longtime eco-activists Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, who showed their new public service announcement for Save the Whales. Brosnan urged the Obama administration to "end the barbaric butchering of whales" that might be caused by its support for ending the ban on commercial whaling.
And Rhona Mitra, who stars in ABC's "The Gates" starting June 20, talked to the Ministry about her frustrated attempts to join BP oil spill clean-up volunteers while filming the new series in Shreveport, La.
Mitra said that soon after the disaster struck, she signed up on half a dozen websites to volunteer but never got a response. "There really has been stagnation," she said. "What I wanted to do more than anything was to go down and physically put my hands on the situation and lend my free time, which I have enough of. I'm a deep lover of our planet and the beautiful animals and gifts we've been given that needed our help. At the time, there was nobody doing anything. When you're actually in a place, you're connected to the heartbeat of it and it affects you in a way that evokes that reaction."
Ultimately, Mitra, a longtime Global Green supporter, contacted its president and CEO, Matt Petersen, and met with him Friday in Los Angeles. He's hooking her up with Global Green's efforts to educate the local populace on ways to end dependency on oil and live a green lifestyle.
As for Mitra, who drives a 2002 Mercedes, she's investigating ways to have a greener future herself. "They haven't brought out the hydrogen car yet, which would be amazing, but right now I'm reading about cars that run on chocolate."
Who knew being green could be so fattening?
Also scoring Millennium Awards were Global Green chief Petersen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of California and the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences.
Photos: Spotted on the Global Green red carpet on June 12 in Santa Monica were Alison Brie, top, and Keeley Shae Smith and Pierce Brosnan. Credits: Katy Winn / Associated Press.