Why Granola Wannabes? Lets examine the definitions:
Granola |grəˈnōlə|- [as adj.] – chiefly derogatory denoting those with environmentalist political views, typified as eating health foods (i.e. “granola bars”).
[noun] – a kind of breakfast cereal consisting typically of rolled oats, brown sugar or honey, dried fruit, and nuts.
Wannabe |ˈwänəbē; ˈwô-| – [noun] – informal derogatory a person who tries to be like someone else or to fit in with a particular group of people. ORIGIN 1980s:
Granola is typically an adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources. Usually they buy only fair-trade goods and refrain from buying from large corporations, as most exploit the environment as well as their workers, which goes against granola core values. The choice of not removing body hair and drug use are not characteristics that define granola people. And people, regardless of granola status, may or may not partake in said activities. This definition is sometimes confused with hippie.
Tree-huggers, hippies, granolas, whatever you want to call us, the two of us have opened our eyes to how beautiful the world is and have pledged to ourselves to help keep it that way for future generations. We will try our best to do our part to keep it clean and live sustainably supporting things that are local and organic. It admittedly will not be a complete lifestyle change and that is why we are just a bunch of wannabes, as we will always be trying to “keep up with the Johnsons” (zero-waste family).