My name is Nicole Bennett, and I am honored and thrilled to be taking over as the new editor of Simple Organic. It has been a privilege to work under Katie’s leadership since we launched in February and I’m looking forward to another great year in 2011.
One of the great things about the Simple Organic community is that many of us have probably taken a different road to get to the philosophies we have now and the desire to go back to nature, back to basics, like our tag line says. I thought I would share a little bit about my journey today.
As a kid, I can remember having an early desire to recycle and “save the rainforest.” I grew up in a family with quite a legacy for sewing and handcrafts and learned to create with my hands at a young age, and I always have had a strong connection with and appreciation for creation, especially the ocean.
But I was also a product of the culture and the media, and lived a fairly mainstream life all through school and college. I just didn’t think much about the effects of the choices I made.
Just after my husband and I started a family, a friend of mine introduced me to the book Raising Baby Green around the same time that another friend was starting to research and experiment with cloth diapers. The combination of those influences was life-changing for me.
I began to learn about the dangers of personal care products, the benefits of composting and organic gardening, and the Story of Stuff all around the time that the green trend was starting to boom in our culture.
As plastic grocery bags were becoming passé, I was finding more and more ways to reuse and repurpose. We began to shop the farmer’s market regularly and eventually joined a CSA. I learned how to make baby food. With my second child, I began to cloth diaper almost full-time (versus about half the time with first).
And probably most importantly, I learned to simplify. To pare down, rather than get caught up in green-washed marketing.
Ultimately, mine is a story of baby steps. Gradually, as I learned, researched and gleaned from books, blogs and friends, I began leading my family toward a more natural, sustainable lifestyle. My husband still thinks I’m a bit of hippy, but he’s also learned that there is a lot of truth in going back to basics.
I’m sure many of you have a similar story, or maybe some of you were raised by parents who were living green before it was trendy. I’d love to hear in the comments a little about your journey.
What inspired you toward a more natural, sustainable lifestyle?