Someone asked me once in the recent past if I was a hippy and I jokingly replied, “In what way, specifically?” I was giving the poor guy a hard time because, yes, in many ways I suppose you could call me a hippy. Or crunchy. Or granola. Although none of these terms accurately defines all my values and beliefs.
According to The Free Dictionary, a hippy is defined as:
A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society [which does describe me], especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles. [This second half though, not so much. I don’t ‘advocate extreme liberalism’.]
So, what about crunchy. Well, according to the Urban Dictionary:
An adjective used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Crunchy persons tend to be politically strongly left-leaning and may be additionally but not exclusively categorized as vegetarians, vegans, eco-tarians, conservationists, environmentalists, neo-hippies, tree huggers, nature enthusiasts, etc.
That sounds more like me. But, I find that this term is generally used in reference to parenting style and encompasses choices that, due to their relation to parenting, don’t fall into the scope of my world, such as cloth diapers, baby-led weaning, home births, etc. Which, for new readers, is not part of The Journey of Two…we’ve made the choice not to have kids.
So, that leaves us with granola. According to the Urban Dictionary granola is:
An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources. Usually buy only fair-trade goods and refrain from buying from large corporations, as most exploit the environment as well as their workers, which goes against granola core values.
Again, that comes close to describing my values. I am definitely very environmentally conscious and I do take care to seek out organic or natural products as much as possible. For those relatively new to my ramblings, you might not know that I prefer the following items to more conventional products:
The Femmecup (for girls only!)
Soap Nuts – organic alternative for laundry detergent; can also be used for a variety of other things
Glee Gum – sugar-free, all natural gum (no aspartame)
Safety Razors vs traditional disposable razors
Flip flops made from recycled plastic
JustNatural shampoo and conditioner – free from harsh chemicals
Castor Oil and Grape Seed Oil for washing my face
And a slew of other natural products that I haven’t posted about, including:
Earth Friendly Products – dish detergent and hand soap (personally; they have a LOT of other products though)
To name a few.
So, yeah. I guess you might call me a hippy. Proud of it. 🙂
- What the heck does crunchy mean? (morganwmac.wordpress.com)
- I’m granola and I know it! (becomingthebestme.com)
- Reclaiming ‘Hippie’: The Taboo of Positive Living (secretshade.wordpress.com)
- Crunchy Defined: What is Crunchy? (pistachioproject.com)