Hippie Living Trends For The Rest of Us
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Going Green(er)1 of 10
By Julie Fishman
Most of us know the "reduce, reuse, recycle" basics and have taken small steps toward a more eco-conscious lifestyle. While we slowly adapt our habits, the leaders of the eco movement continue to push forward and redefine what it means to "go green." To learn the newest earth-friendly trends, we contacted some of our favorite tree huggers. Here are the nine hippie-inspired living trends that the rest of us should try.
Special Delivery2 of 10
Jeff Leaf, also known as Mylkman, hand delivers his homemade almond milk to hundreds of eco-conscious clients across the Los Angeles area. Additive- and sweetener-free, Leaf's milk is made from just two ingredients: raw organic almonds and freshly cracked coconuts. His "new wave twist" on an old-fashioned idea allows for fresh, vitamin-packed, nutrient-rich milk that tastes great. Don't live close enough to try Mylkman? The drink's easy to make.
Seconds Please3 of 10
Savvy moms are reducing waste and getting more bang for their buck by shopping secondhand. Krystal Thomas, owner of baby consignment store Sleep Play Love, says shoppers often receive "30 to 90 percent off retail prices for gently used and brand new kids' clothing, toys, books and gear." In addition to saving cash, practical parents can make money by consigning their own old items that would otherwise sit boxed up in the basement.
Watts Up?4 of 10
Catering to a crowd focused on both fitness and sustainability, Adam Boesel opened the world's first electricity-generating gym. Located in Portland, Ore., but looking to expand, The Green Microgym lets members work out on machines that convert calories into the energy that runs the building. According to Boesel, "one person can generate between 50 and 150 watts" on a stationary bike—enough to power a stereo. Attach your bike to Pedal-a-Watt, and you can use this green concept at home.
Another Man's Treasure5 of 10
Handy hippies are also repurposing neglected objects to save money and stem consumerism. Danny Seo, the author of seven books, including one called Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things With the Stuff You Already Have, says there's no need be a crafting buff. "If you can plug in a glue gun, use a pair of scissors or add a piece of tape," then you can upcycle, he says. To prove his point, Seo says to try his two-step trivet project: Fill a large pipe clamp with wine corks, and tighten with a screwdriver. Voilà—a kitchen trivet!
Tight Quarters6 of 10
"Urban gardening" may sound like an oxymoron, but Justin Cutter of the Compass Green project says you don't need much space for a garden. He runs a fully functional greenhouse from the back of a truck. Cutter claims that a person can "use their windowsill for an herb garden" or "a chain-link fence to grow salad greens." With just a little more space, like a big balcony or roof, "you could supply all your seasonal vegetable needs by yourself."
Seed Swap7 of 10
Local gardeners are sharing the love with seed exchange programs, where community members meet to trade the seeds they've saved from their crops. "They help preserve small, local varieties," says Cutter. Many of the plants humans grew in the past have been lost "because of globalization, popular food trends and a lack of seed saving." Save and share seeds from flavorful heirloom plants in your garden so that future generations can enjoy them.
Outside the Box8 of 10
Seeking "an old-fashioned corner store with an innovative twist," Jacqueline Gjurgevich and Carrie Ferrence started Stockbox Grocers, mini food stores that bring fresh fare to areas that lack access to healthy staples. Built in reclaimed shipping containers, Stockbox stores leave a small carbon footprint and offer a shopping experience that's tailored to the individual community. Stockbox hits Seattle this spring and hopes to expand in the months ahead. Check the company's Facebook page for updates.
Container Mania9 of 10
Stockbox chose to house its stores in repurposed shipping containers in part because "they're great building blocks," says Gjurgevich. Green architects agree: Containers can be connected and stacked to make modular spaces for a fraction of the money, effort and resources. Anything from homes to schools to disaster relief shelters can be created from these mold-, termite- and fire-resistant containers. Not ready to go modular? These gorgeous designs may change your mind.
One Man's Trash10 of 10
Melissa Breyer, author of True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You, says that the next time you've got a greasy mess, avoid the toxic cleaners. Instead, sprinkle baking power on the surface, and then wipe the area with a juiced lemon half. She also recommends rubbing an avocado peel on your face for a deep moisture treatment and placing fresh potato peels over your eyes to reduce puffiness.