Four Questions with Lisa Mills Sutherland

by Wendy Gabriel

Lisa Mills Sutherland is the eclectic and talented owner of the upscale Lavish Lisa Mills SutherlandSalon, an Aveda salon located in Champlin, Minnesota. Lisa is a successful business owner, a wife and mother who tries to make environmentally sound choices at work and at home. She has traveled extensively for business and pleasure and also attended the Aveda Academy in London. Her precision haircuts are much sought after and she works hard to maintain a balance in both her personal and professional life.

How do you make your day-to-day life a little greener?

I try to buy local and organic produce. I enjoy shopping at the Wedge and Whole Foods. It’s always gratifying to support the farmers who work hard to bring us healthy food while keeping the soil viable.

I also bring my own shopping basket with me to the store. This simple step ensures I won’t buy things I don’t need (because I only bring one bag) and I won’t use resources needlessly (paper OR plastic).

Why is being green important to you?

One thing that helped raise my awareness of sustainable living was opening an Aveda salon. One of my favorite quotes is from Horst M. Rechelbacker, Aveda’s founder, “Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility—not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.” I have this quote on our website as a reminder.

I feel if there are easy things for me to do each day that make life healthier for my family, my clients and the earth, then I will do it to make a difference. I don’t hug trees but I sure value their contribution to our environment.

What is one green tip you would like to share with us?

I don’t buy bottled water. It’s bad for a number of reasons. We use filtered tap water and store it in glass bottles.

Also, if I have any questions about green products or alternatives to toxic chemicals, I go to sources I trust like Aveda, Ecopolitan, The Wedge, Whole Foods, my girlfriends and my mom’s groups.

Where is your favorite spot on earth?

The Riviera Myan is my favorite spot on earth. I am able to recharge and find peace, sanctuary and solitude when I am at the ocean. A close second is Nordstrom’s ½-yearly sale.

Read more in the Four Questions series:
Four Questions with Adam Shake
Four Questions with Dr. Alan Greene, part I
Four Questions with Dr. Alan Greene, part II
Four Questions with Dr. Alan Greene, part III

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  1. graceonline’s avatar

    Thank you for your interview with Lisa Mills Sutherland. The more we see other people doing the simple things–such as limiting our shopping to one reusable bag, not using bottled water, and vetting the products we buy for safety and environmental soundness, the more we realize we are not alone.

    Our individual choices helped to create the world we live in now. They can help create a better world tomorrow.

  2. Wendy Gabriel’s avatar

    Graceonline,
    What a lovely comment and so true! Thank you for visiting My Green Side!

    Wendy

  3. dancingwithdaffodils’s avatar

    Wonderful interview – love it! It’s inspiring to hear how everyday people apply “green living concepts” to their everyday lives.

  4. Wendy Gabriel’s avatar

    Dancingwithdaffodils,
    I completely agree! Thank you for your kind comments!

    Wendy

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