“I promised my best friend, Cameron Diaz, that I would become someone she had pushed me to be all my life, who was environmentally conscious, conscientious and led a certain sustainable lifestyle. “, Barrymore told People in an article published Thursday.
The talk show host said Diaz, who just announced his own return to the big screen, prompted Barrymore to stop wasting and re-evaluate his leisurely approach to everyday consumption. Barrymore said she’s since ditched her “favorite thing in the world”: Ziploc bags.
“Cameron would literally say, ‘Stop letting the water run while you brush your teeth! Don’t do that! And she always felt like this big sister, leaning on me,'” Barrymore said.
“She’s been telling me that since the 90s,” she added. “Once I started living that way and really committing, [I] saw the world differently and that led me to put everything into practice and action.
Barrymore was talking to People about Grove Collaborative, a home supplies company that prides itself on sustainability. She became an official partner of the company in April.
As for Diaz, the actor has spoken for years about his personal efforts for the environment.
The California native became a lifelong conservationist after watching her dad work on pipelines in Long Beach, Calif. depending on the weather. She produced a YouTube short for Marie Claire in 2009 titled “Cameron Diaz saves the worldin which she pushed strangers about their carbon footprint.
“Do you know where your water comes from? Diaz asked one person. “Of course, we don’t know. And we should probably find out.
Diaz even told former “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno that she refused to flush the toilet after urinating, according to the New York Times.
“If it’s yellow, leave it fluffy; if it’s brown, rinse it off,” Diaz said. “I believe in that 100 percent.”
While it’s unclear if Barrymore follows suit, she certainly shares that affection for Mother Nature. she posted an Instagram video from earlier this month of her reveling in a downpour and laughing as raindrops ran down her face.
“I’m such a hippie that when I see the rain I just think I want to go out in it and have a little baptism of Mother Nature and be free and not worry for a second,” she told People.
“The rain is a signal for me to let go and stop overthinking everything,” she added.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story referred to Grove Collaborative as Grove Collective.