Olivia Wilde, who stars as a suburban sex kitten in Better Living Through Chemistry, writes eloquently in Darling magazine about her volunteer work in Haiti, which had her burying victims with pal Babs Burchfield.
Wilde wrote in the op-ed piece, “We stood next to each other, cigarettes dangling from our mouths, rum burning our throats, hazmat suits covering everything but our sweaty faces, clutching a handful of rosaries each. We were aware of the unlikelihood of the moment — two white American girls working to bag bodies in a morgue — but this was Haiti, and we had come to expect the darkly unexpected. We were among a group of local volunteers who made this gruesome journey weekly, giving a dignified burial to the city’s discarded poor. The cigarettes were to mask the retched smell, the rum to ease the shock.”
That moment in time led the two activists to start Conscious Commerce three years ago after witnessing such tragedy in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The company’s mission is “to create a guide for conscious living by promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living.”