A big welcome to Monica – one of the new writers to join the wht team. We already knew we hearted her for her fun and knowledgeable take on all things green and eco-cool at her site, Low Impact Betty, but she took that to Jake Ryan levels of adoration with her debut wht post, a 2010 eco-friendly “rewrite” of a beloved wht classic, Sixteen Candles. (Hollywood, don’t get any bright ideas, we don’t need a “Sixteen Candles” remake!) ~ wht
Sixteen Candles is an 80’s classic! And even though I wasn’t born in the 80’s, that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed it few (hundred) times. I mean come on…John Cusack is in it…yes please. Anyway, that’s not why we’re here. I’ve been writing about environmental issues and how to live an eco-lifestyle for awhile and for my first wht post I wanted to spice things up a bit. So I’m going to add a little “green” to the characters and plot of Sixteen Candles, as if we were making the movie today!
Let’s start with Samantha…
Funky and angry at the world…she’d make the perfect environmentalist. (I kid!) Her signature lipstick would be Josie Maran’s Cosmetics Argan oil lipstick in Luscious. Josie Maran’s cosmetic line contains no parabens, toxins or petrochemicals, they are fragrance-free and not tested on animals.
As for that rockin’ 80’s black eye-liner look, that would be brought to you buy Josie Maran as well.. When you buy her GOGO black eye liner, she will give one to a City of Hope cancer patient/survivor.
Samantha’s funky-style would be perfect for thrift store shopping. Vintage stores are a basic form of recycling and in my opinion, the best form of shopping. She would also purchase lots of eco-friendly recycled products. Her wood bracelet would be one of these Maple XO bangles made out of recycled skateboards….so cute. The clear plastic earrings would be replaced by these Coke Bottle Glass earrings made from a recycled glass Coca-Cola bottle.
And as far as those famous panties go, (the ones that Randy’s brother paid a dollar to see in the boy’s bathroom), check out these organic cotton underwear made with sustainable materials by PACT. 10% of the sale of each panty goes to support the work of a non-profit.
Next up, Mr. Jake Ryan..
Yea baby….and Jake’s cool ride would be the Electric Tesla Model S. Pretty dope right? Almost as pretty as Jake (sigh). Electric cars are becoming more and more widespread as an alternative to our oil dependant lifestyle. Jake’s dad’s car (the one that Ted rides off with Caroline in) would be an Electric Tesla Roadster. But, of course, the best alternative is to walk, bike or ride the bus full of geeks, freshman and Joan Cusack in a backbrace.
Now as for that party at Jake’s house, I’m going to have to object to the plethora of toilet paper in the trees in the front yard, but if it’s necessary to set the mood, then I’ll settle for 100% post-consumer recycled toilet paper from Seventh Generation. And the day after, Jake (or his house staff) could clean the entire house top to bottom with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day cleaners. And a big blue recycling bin in the kitchen for all those bottles & cans. Maybe we should add in some organic beer and wine for the party? Too much?
Yea that’s right, chunk-a-hunk Ted. You know you were thinking it, I’m just saying it. Ok, maybe he’s not a hunk, but Ted no doubt made this film what it is. He’s a pretty simple guy with simple needs, so we’d set him up with some thrift store threads for his classic jeans and button down look. For that fabulous hair, he’d use Aubrey Organics Men’s Ginseng Hair Gel to get a classic geek perfection. And like he said…
As it should be…in this movie, his fresh breath would be brought to you by St. Clair’s Premium Organic Mints – they’re wheat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Check out the website to see what bad things AREN’T packed into to these bad boys.
Now I could go into how I could change the last scene of the movie and make the cake vegan or organic, but you know what…some things are just better left as is. BEST MOVIE ENDING KISS EVER!
Readers – I’m sure many of you know this movie scene by scene and line by line as well! What other ways can we green Sixteen Candles?
Monica Schrock is a vegetarian, bicycle-riding environmentalist, tattoo enthusiast and social media junkie. You can catch her drinking an iced coffee and reading a comic book at any given moment. She hearts our planet and gives tips on how to lower our environmental impact on her own site, Low Impact Betty.