In my episode, I made a conscious choice to emphasize my strong alliance with the environment - even chastising my date David for initially choosing red meat for his lunch. The production of red meat, I explained, is far more damaging to the environment compared to white meat. With my new eco-friendly clothing company, named 4-rth, ("for earth") my primary focus is to make the clothing industry accountable for its fabric choices and construction processes. The more successful www.4-rth.com becomes, the more influence it will yield. 4-rth only uses 100% organic cotton from the USA, and the garments are locally produced here in Los Angeles. Think about it, with our everyday "purchasing" choices, we have an impact on the economy and the processes involved in producing the products we buy. Therefore, without naming brands, I urge you to strongly consider NOT purchasing clothes that are heavily over-processed with graphics, dyes, metallics, and glued items, etc. The clothing industry is already the second most polluting on the planet, as is! The people who decide to buy heavily over-processed clothing make it much worse. So please help me in spreading the word!
Throughout my involvement with Patti, I really tried to illuminate my passion for environmental awareness. I drive a hybrid vehicle and I'm serious about hyper-miling (soft starts and slower speeds), consuming less energy, reducing consumption of products I do NOT need, recycling those I use, reusing those that can be (canvas bags), and constantly coaching my friends about their own habits and the resulting impact. In addition to becoming a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (www.NRDC.org), I will eventually have my estate left to this organization so that they can continue the legendary work they are immersed in – nothing other than saving the planet from profit-driven corporations and governments that worship at the altar of economic growth without regard to environmental consequence. Now, do I sound like the self-absorbed gigolo that Patti Stanger made me out to be on my episode? LOL.
While I had no issues with Patti in our meetings and felt at ease throughout, I do feel the segments were constructed to significantly distort my image. OK, enough said....at least they guy I went out with, David, was very nice and we had a great day together! We didn't talk at all after that date as, honestly, 4-rth has been absorbing nearly all my time. Seriously, I'm thrilled to already be incorporating as many sustainable business practices into 4-rth.com as possible such as: no exterior packaging prior to shipping; using the US post office for deliveries; and using a web host that is 100% solar-powered. As I said, as 4-rth grows, so will its influence!
I truly hope this episode, including the other eco-driven millionaire, made the audience & fans of Millionaire Matchmaker more aware of the environment and how our everyday purchases have an enormous impact on the planet! Good luck to us all.