Trudie Styler's hairdresser flight row
- Bang Showbiz
- 12 May 2009
Sting's wife Trudie Styler - co-founder of the Rainforest Foundation - has been criticised for transporting her hairstylist in a private jet
Trudie Styler paid for her hairdresser to fly by private jet from New York to Washington.
The environmental campaigner - who co-founded the Rainforest Foundation 20 years ago - has been blasted for shunning a regular flight or energy-saving Amtrak train when she and her entourage of eight, including stylist Antonio Prieto, travelled to the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (09.05.09).
A spokesperson for the star - whose husband Sting has been using commercial airlines to fly between the US and London - told the New York Post newspaper: "The stylist was added to a previously scheduled flight to DC and flew back commercially."
Trudie added: "Yes, I do take planes. My life is to travel and my life is also to speak out about the horrors of an environment that is being abused at the hands of oil companies."
Last year, it was claimed Trudie and Sting have seven homes and "a carbon footprint estimated at 30 times that of the average UK resident".
Sting's 2006 star-studded Rainforest Foundation fundraising concert donated 41 per cent of proceeds to tree-saving programmes, compared with the 75 per cent spent by most charities.
The couple are not the only stars to be criticised for causing environmental damage.
Last month, Mariah Carey was voted the "least green" celebrity by GreenDaily.com for flying her personal trainer from St. Barts on a private jet.
The site's editor explained: "People saw that as an extravagance rather than a necessity, and the consequences for the planet probably don't justify it."