Gisele Bündchen is the cover star of Marie Claire’s April “Changemakers” issue (on newsstands March 19) which is dedicated to sustainability and how we can all build a greener future.
Bündchen, who will turn 40 this year and plans to plant 40,000 trees in her native Brazil in celebration, has made sustainability, conservation and environmental advocacy front and center in every aspect of her life. Here for Marie Claire, she gets candid on how she maintains her center, leading by example to her children, practicing sustainability and the hope she has for the fashion industry to be greener.
On her dedication to environmentalism: “I believe our responsibility is to take care of the earth and its natural resources. Our survival depends on it. My goal in life is to leave the earth in a better place for future generations.”
On staying centered: “For a long time while I was in the public eye, I didn’t know who the real me was, but throughout the years I have been able to use these mindfulness practices to really evaluate myself and embark on a journey of self-discovery. I know that today I am happier because of it.”
On practicing sustainability: “We do our best, but it can be challenging when it comes to living completely green—and that’s OK. I always remind my kids that every choice we make has an impact on our planet and that we always need to try our best; that’s what matters.”
On how her children have adapted her sustainable practices: “We were at the beach and my son Benny found plastic in the ocean. He was so upset, and I explained to him that this is what happens after we discard things; they go to landfills and sometimes end up in the ocean. For the past couple of years, he decided that he did not want presents from his friends at his birthday party. Instead, he would like if they could donate to organizations that help endangered species.”
On greener fashion: I am optimistic about the fashion industry becoming more sustainable. The fashion industry has the power to be a leader on a global scale and allocate resources toward the use of natural ingredients, sustainable materials, naturals dyes, and much more. Some fashion houses have started to incorporate real change. It’s my hope that more designers and brands will follow.
[Photo Credit: Nino Muñoz/Marie Claire Magazine]