My Café Confession
It took me just six months of being surrounded by natural materials to recover from eight years of being seriously sick from devastating central nervous system damage after a pesticide poisoning. It wasn’t until I established this natural oasis that I rejuvenated, and I did, like a wilted plant that had been given water. I became well enough to have a baby, and have led a normal life for 21 years because I’ve learned about how to do without synthetics, and as long as I can always come home to my natural sanctuary to recover from exposures. An eco-fail turned into an eco-win.
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“Our intuition knows nature is where we belong and who we are. I feel that you always know when you are in the presence of the highly vibrant essence of nature. The Cherokee say that there is no name for this energy because it is so beyond our imagination that there aren’t any words in the language to describe it. But all of us know it.”
–from my book Home Enlightenment (Rodale Press, 2008).
The best-selling author of five books, many eBooks, and (literally) thousands of articles, I’ve been called “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine. My books include Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment (Rodale, 2008), Clean & Green, and True Food (National Geographic, 2010). eBooks include Homemade Detox Baths, Natural Skin Care Baths, Clean Green for Pennies, Natural Flu Protection, and more. I’ve worked as an editor/blogger on websites for 10 years.
My How-To- Tip
How do you define “green?” Analyze your toxics footprint as well as your carbon and natural resources footprints.
Lily Berthold-Bond, Co-Founder, Creative Developer
My Cafe Confession
I have one of the foremost green-living experts in the world as a mother, grew up in an entirely green haven, live in a green dorm room, and have been weaned on organic foods and non-toxic products. My secret? I cannot seem to give up commercial, chemical-full deodorant. Eco-fail.
Though I was lucky enough to grow up entirely green, I was not always thankful for (or conscious of) my situation. Most of the time, I just wanted to “be normal” – to use commercial products and peruse the haircare aisle of CVS with my friends. It wasn’t until I went away to college and was on my own that I realized how lucky I was: if I had had the good fortune to be handed an entirely green lifestyle, complete with green know-how and chemical-free health, why on earth should I give that up to be “normal”?! Nope – I realized that being green was, in fact, much better than normal, and I have not turned back since. I don’t even have cravings for Herbal Essences anymore!
I began the blog The Adventures of Green Girl on Care2.com about being green in college, and have since worked as the Massachusetts student correspondent for Mother Nature Network. I’ve decided that green is all about respect: respect for yourself and for the world around you. My goal is simply to share what I know about being green with my generation – with knowledge and with passion, I have no doubt that we can instigate the eco-revolution.
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“For now, we are young, let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see” – Neutral Milk Hotel