Cedar’s saying o’ the day, “Mom, do you have to be a hippie if you’re eco-friendly?”
My response, “Um, no.”
Cedar: “WHEW! I really like being eco-friendly but I sure don’t want to be a hippie!”
Where on earth do these misconceptions come from? Is there even such a thing as a hippie anymore? I’ll admit it, I’m actually pretty crunchy. That said, I’d never call myself a hippie, although other people have and it’s annoying. I’m Jennifer and I like green living. Period.
Here’s the deal; just because you believe in living eco-friendly doesn’t mean you need to move into a tree, co-op housing or an off-grid home. You don’t have to wear peace buttons and amber oil, grow dreads or smoke “herb.”
I think there’s a collection of people who think that green means a specific fashion or lifestyle is required, or that if they live green, people will assume they’re into “hippie stuff.” Obviously there’s a collection of people who think this considering my nine year old son is asking about it.
The truth is that anyone can or cannot live green. Trust me, I lived in super hippie Humboldt land and not everyone was all that eco-friendly. You can wear a business suit or bell bottoms or a flipping princess dress and still be ethical and green OR not.
In a general sense, I think we need to lose the old-school culture based ideas about eco-friendly living vs. the hippies.
What do you think?