Friday’s Mashup: Gisele Bundchen opens up on how she, Tom Brady teach their kids about sustainability

Lucy Burdge
March 13, 2020 - 8:08 am

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-- Gisele Bundchen was profiled in Marie Claire in a piece published this week about her environmental activism and she opened up about how she and her husband, Tom Brady, teach their children, Benjamin and Vivian, about sustainability.

Bundchen said Benjamin does not want presents on his birthday but would rather receive donations to charities after he once became upset after finding plastic at the beach. 

“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,” Bundchen said. “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.”

Bundchen shed light on how she practices sustainability at home. 

“As a family, we also each have our reusable water bottles, and the kids understand single-use plastic is really hurting our planet,” she said. “I see them talking with their friends about it and showing them their water bottles in hopes they might join them and use them too. It makes me so proud to see them eager to share it with their friends. Although a simple, small gesture, this is what it’s all about: having positive conversations, taking a solutions-oriented approach, and learning from one another.”

She also explained how she tries to limit their children’s technology use.

“Technology and social media can be a wonderful platform to spread positivity and awareness, but I do believe it is important to stay present and mindful of how it is used. The kids have an iPad where they can sometimes watch movies or play games, but they do have a time limit on that,” she said. “I encourage them to play together and be outside as much as possible. When they tell me they are bored, I tell them that is good, because this way they can think of something else that they want to do. Usually within a few minutes they are running after each other around the house in some game they made up. Benny can also spend hours at his desk drawing, and Vivi plays in her room with her horses and Care Bears. In our home, we don’t have electronics at the table or in bed. This is a time we use to reconnect and catch up about our day. I do, however, understand the value in the connection that technology can bring as long as it is used in moderation.”

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As for her diet, Bundchen said, “I find balance is key to maintaining a healthy diet. At our house, we try to eat organic foods that are in season and locally grown. We believe that by buying locally, we’ll have a better chance at getting foods that are fresh and also support local farmers. We eat mostly a plant-based diet. It makes us feel good, and it also has less of an impact on the environment, but I’m not super strict and believe everything is OK in moderation. My ultimate guilty pleasure is dark chocolate.”

-- As every sporting event was canceled on Thursday, the PGA followed suit by canceling The Players Championship and multiple subsequent tournaments. 

"It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of The Players Championship," the tour said in a statement. "We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events – across all of our Tours – in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just don’t know more at this point.” -- NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, on the NBA season being on hiatus for at least 30 days