I was visiting with friends on the east coast earlier this fall, and one of them asked me if I was one of those “earthy-crunchy” kinds of people. I never heard the term before, and I was in the minority. All three girls resided on the east coast, and all three knew exactly what earthy-crunchy was. Maybe Texas had a little catching up to do because Austin, you are earthy-crunchy.
Urban Dictionary describes earthy-crunchy as:
“An adjective describing persons or things relating to any or all of the following: vegetarianism; herbs; all-natural and organic products (such as food, skin and hair care products, etc.); recycling; protecting and preserving the environment; natural medicine; etc. People that are earthy-crunchy are sometimes called tree-huggers or hippies.”
So by this definition: I am earthy-crunchy.
In my house, we try to be conscious in our decisions about everything we do. Not always easy, but we try. Every decision we make has some outcome. Do we use paper towels for every little clean up or try to use a cloth that can be washed and re-used? The trick is to decide if the paper towel (tree usage) outweighs the cleaning (water usage). Which step will affect the environment more?
When we moved into our current house, our neighborhood didn’t offer to recycle, so we collected until we couldn’t fit any more in our vehicle and drove to the center only once a month, hopefully reducing our use of fuel.
We started buying Norwex products for cleaning our home. No chemicals going into the waste lines, which are chemically processed to return into our drinking water. A cycle we choose to disrupt. Norwex has incredible products, but the pricing is a little out of our reach. When there is more demand for chemically free cleaning and living products, the consumers can drive the prices down. Alternatives are 7th Generation and Mrs Myers.
Reducing chemicals also involve the products we use for personal care like shampoo, soaps, and sunscreen. Chemical free products abound in the natural aisles of grocery stores. We figure every bit helps and that one small voice can make a difference.
Food is another area where we have made choices to change. Where we can, we choose Certified Organic, Non-GMO, fewer additives and preservatives in our food. The current obesity rates and illness in the world stem mainly in part due to our unhealthy, fast-food diets and lack of reverence for what we eat. The more of a stand we take, the less eating some of these processed foods sits well with me. My system can’t even manage the crap food anymore! If you think you can’t afford it: read this or even this
These quotes were sent to me, so I don’t have the source, but the following resonated deeply with me:
Finding grace and gratitude in everything nature does offer, in the things we do have, and treating the earth like the integral part of life it is.
Having the willingness to share our knowledge and experience with people who ask questions or seem curious.
Striving to choose what’s “real” over what’s synthetically produced – in our beauty routines, in our households, and in our food choices.
Taking each day as a new opportunity to be more conscious of our actions, relationships, and the world around us.
It seems like the New Year would be a great time for you to take strides in becoming earthy-crunchy if it resonates with you.
Thanks for reading!