Quinto trusts his instincts for good causes, Spock

Zachary Quinto might be headed into other worldly places this summer in "Star Trek Into Darkness," but he says a social issue that's near and dear to him is taking care of the earth.

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: April 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013
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Zachary Quinto, a cast member in "Star Trek Into Darkness," arrives at CinemaCon 2013's Opening Night Presentation from Paramount Pictures at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Zachary Quinto might be headed into other worldly places this summer in "Star Trek Into Darkness," but he says a social issue that's near and dear to him is taking care of the earth.

He turns off the water when he is brushing his teeth and shaving, and unplugs all his chargers when they are not in use. It's the little things that are going to add up, he said in a phone interview.

Quinto is serving with Alanis Morissette as Kiehl's Earth Day ambassadors in the beauty brand's fifth year working with Recycle Across America. The effort aims to standardize recycling labels and collect empty grooming-product jars, and Quinto designed a limited-edition label for facial cream that serves as a fundraiser.

"I felt inspired by this organization. It's trying to make a tangible difference. Sometimes part of the challenge of getting involved in a cause is when it's abstract," Quinto said.

Not that charities and causes aren't asking. Quinto, also a star of TV's "Heroes," said he can feel his celebrity on the rise in the number of requests he's getting to use his name and attend events. For him, though, the connection has to make sense, he said, ticking off elder care, animal welfare and Hurricane Sandy recovery as other issues that he supports. "I try to be judicious and I don't want to be ubiquitous," he said.



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