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“I am not a hippie, I just care about sh*t”

February 25, 2011

I’m not sure if the title is quoting my friend or myself (how gauche, right?), but that was the gist of a conversation we had last night over a dirty martini. It boiled down to the fact that it’s not ok to be ignorant about what goes into our food, personal products and home cleaning supplies, and being wasteful is just trashy. Ha! Pun totally intended.

Caring about the things that are equally important to your health and the environment (that of both your home and the bigger picture), is not just for the “hippies”. You don’t have to own a Smart Car, buy 76 pairs of bamboo pants and drink only organic water (I made that up), use words like urbanomics and live in a minimalist loft if it makes you feel like a douchebag. You don’t have to eat kashi and quinoa and organic kale (although I highly recommend all of that), it simply comes down to taking some responsibility. My friend and I, neither one of us “hippies” (ok, I may be one, the jury is still out on that one…but Jasmine is a total badass rocker-chick type), talked about how our parents used cloth diapers and almond oil on us as babies, how my mom washes her house with white vinegar, lemon and water (and recycled newspapers for the windows!) and how at 63, my dad still bikes everywhere. Although all that seems kinda trendy and part of the current DIY revolution, we both agree that it’s just smarter. Period. Our parents couldn’t give a rat’s butt about how trendy green stuff is, they are that way because it makes more sense. It’s cleaner, saves money, is less wasteful, and allows my dad to “skate circles around the other guys” in hockey.

I can see how some people are turned off by the modern twist on ecomania. It’s starting to look as contrived as Starbucks and is just as overpriced…and just as hard to trust with your hard-earned cash (see green and fair-washing in my previous posts), which is why I think that simply slowing down, eating more home-prepared meals, reusing and recylcing as much of our stuff as we can, buying less, laughing more, walking or biking instead of driving and connecting with our friends and families instead of with our Twitter accounts is heading in the right direction.

Also, reading labels is probably the best thing you can do to increase your awareness about the health-factor of the products you bring into your home. I’m serious about that.