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Which is more sustainable? Livia Firth’s dress vs. the Golden Globes menu

Actor Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills. Firth was nominated in the best dramatic actor category for his work in 'The King's Speech.'
Actor Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills. Firth was nominated in the best dramatic actor category for his work in 'The King's Speech.' Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

It’s no wonder Hollywood’s 1% was looking especially fat and happy at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony; the “Global Food Harmony” menu featured chocolate flown in from Switzerland and honey caramel from France. Terrapass even tabulated the carbon footprint left behind on just those two items, along with hazelnuts from Italy and almond paste from Spain to come up with 9,261 lbs of CO2 emissions to get them all to big event, raising the ire of Global Green U.S.A.

“Flying in ingredients from around the world is unsustainable and only adds to growing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming,” a Global Green U.S.A. spokesperson lamented to the UK's Daily Mail.

On the other end of the spectrum, Livia Giuggioli Firth, wife of the actor Colin Firth, hosted the third annual Green Carpet Challenge event at the Soho House in West Hollywood last weekend. Livia Firth, who is the creative director of London eco-consulting group Eco Age Ltd., recruited A-list designers like Giorgio Armani and Stella McCartney to design a series of “green” dresses for her to wear to the season’s award shows. The dress she wore to the Golden Globes was an Armani creation fashioned from recycled water bottles.

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