I’m very excited this year because one of my great friends in life (I met her at a summer voice program a few years ago) has just started her freshman year at Tufts. I’ve been hanging out with her a lot, showing her the ropes (because now, as a sophomore, I am clearly an authoritative source …), and simply enjoying her renewed presence in my life. What is interesting about her is that she came from a family that was somewhat uninvolved in environmental/green issues. It’s not that they didn’t care, it’s just that they were kind of detached from the seriousness of it all.
Well, she has certainly been bombarded by these issues now! On one hand, she has me, the Green Girl, telling her how unhealthy her hair products are, and on the other, her roommate, an environmental studies major who won’t let her keep her fan on when she’s not in the room. What’s so interesting to me is how Marysa (my friend) is handling the matter. I have never seen someone so ready and willing to go out and truly change their lifestyle in order to be more eco-conscious.
I’ve found it incredible to have my little comments taken to heart by someone who had no idea about the green lifestyle a few weeks ago. Now, she is focusing her attention on changing. She turns off her fan when she leaves the room. She’s having her roommate teach her energy-conserving techniques, and then she’s passing them on to her family at home.
Today, she and I (and another of our friends) walked to Whole Foods, where she literally bought an entire new set of shower and body care products to replace her paraben-loaded ones. She already used her new Giovanni hair gel and commented to me about how good it feels. She says that she can practically feel (and definitely smell!) the difference between the chemical products and the green products. Plus, she’s joined a Buddhist meditation group in an attempt to stay relaxed and happy with herself during her transition into college.
I’m pretty much writing this because I am so impressed with her initiative, and because I am so amazed that just my little bit of advice to her about changing the kind of shampoo she uses could ignite such a change. Point being: Advocating green does make a difference. It’s amazing how many people are simply ignorant about the whole world of green living. My advice to you is simply to spread the word; there are people out there who want to listen and want to change. Help them.
Note to self: Yay, Marysa!
Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a sophomore at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.