Apr 22, 2013
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous “insiders.” After a while, it’s easy to forget that stars are real people. That’s why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they’ve shared their guiltiest pleasures?
Tiffani Thiessen not only plays an event planner on USA’s “White Collar”; the actress knows how to throw a party in real life, too. In honor of Earth Day, Thiessen teamed with Glad to host a bash celebrating its “One Bag” initiative, after which only one bag of trash was sent to landfill and the rest went to compost and recycling. We caught up with Thiessen, 39, to talk about her environmental efforts, bizarre fan mail and the many memorable storylines of “Saved By The Bell.”
Why did you want to work with Glad on this campaign?
I can genuinely say that I’ve tried to live a very green life. When I was younger, my father, who was a landscape architect who worked for the city, taught me how to care for the earth, and I think I just moved that into my life as I got older. Now having a child, I think it’s even more important to teach our children how to care for the earth, so we can be here longer and make sure that we’re living the healthy life. When Glad told me about this initiative, I totally jumped to it, for many reasons. One, to show people that you can throw a beautiful, amazing party in a way where we’re only throwing one bag of trash into our landfill. It’s an ongoing problem that all of us, as a society, are constantly consuming and throwing things away. It’s just years and years of millions of people putting so much pressure on our earth.
What’s your No. 1 tip for throwing an eco-friendly party?
One of the neatest things people can try to do, if they’re able to over the years, is collect good serving ware and not use paper and plastic so much. Linens, you can wash and use over and over. And your decor — using things you can make as gifts for your guests to take home, such as beautiful little potted plants or flowers that they can put back into the earth.