The non-hip hippies
The non-hip hippies team consists of people who are interested in living a life that causes as little harm as possible to the Earth and Earthlings. Still, we are aware that since we live in the Western World, we are taking advantage of the natural resources, have quite a heavy carbon footprint and our clothes, food, means of transportation are far from environmental-friendly much of the time. A non-hip hippie does not bury his/her head in the sand though. We try and make informed choices about our way of life.
You know who we are. You have met us before. We are the guys and gals grilling veggie burgers at a barbeque. We are the ones who will meet you later, because we do not have a car and we will bike there. Or use the metro. We are the ones who know how to grow our own food, even though our city apartment does not even have a balcony. We are the ones wearing the organic cotton t-shirts and insisting that you can be warm during winter without fur, leather or wool. We are the ones who will defend a breastfeeding mother if scolded by a waitress in a cafeteria. We are the ones who know random facts about the Amazonian forest, animals in the Arctic and the rates of domestic violence. We are the ones who will support a woman’s right to abortion and a man’s right to marry his boyfriend. We are the ones who want to live in a cob house, next to river and grow their own tomatoes, but instead we are living downtown, trying to escape from 9 to 5 jobs through daydreaming. We are hopeless romantics.
As much as we are passionate about certain ideas, we feel that people should always search for new data, proof and knowledge. This is why we are constantly doing research on subjects that are dear to us. If science proves one of our beliefs on nutrition or sustainability wrong, we are ready to reconsider it. And we will surely research and write extensively about it. Keeping an open mind is not always easy but it is a challenge that inspires us and keeps us motivated.
We would love to see discussions unfolding in the comments section of our posts and we are open to ideas about new articles. Feel free to contact us! We are also accepting guest posts. Just drop us a line to discuss about it.
Alexia Martha Symvoulidou
The founder of thenonhiphippies.org is a freelance writer and designer with a background in architecture, a huge appetite for knowledge and a deep love for books. She was born in 1985 in Athens, Greece and since 2010 lives in the Netherlands with her life partner, Nikos, a rescued African pygmy hedgehog and a Holland lop rabbit. Apart from reading and writing, she enjoys designing posters, cooking vegan meals, doing yoga and trying to grow lemon trees in teacups.
Edit August 2014:
Since this website was launched. Loulou Maya, our daughter, joined the team. Born 1st of June 2014, at 22:40, at Vlietland hospital, in Schiedam. And growing with an amazing speed since then, learning more and more party tricks each day 🙂
Edit September 2017:
Another kiddo joined the team. Vera Jo was born 11th of June 2017 at home, in Hillegom, the Netherlands. With eyes full of a mix of wisdom and mischief she makes our lives fuller. In the mean time, Loulou Maya has turned into a wonderfully challenging 3-year old that keeps amazing us every day.