I am convinced that role models can help us achieve our own wishes and goals. That’s why I launched the series “conscious creatives telling their stories”. Here I would like to introduce you again and again to people who are consciously and creatively shaping their lives.
My interview guest today is Julia Emmerling from Mainz. Julia is responsible for press and public relations at JUNO & ME. With her work in the press department of the LKA Rheinland-Pfalz she brings a lot of experience in this field to the young, sustainable company and is available to all interested people and customers with help and advice.
Dear Julia, …
… when and how did you come to help develop Juno & Me?
That was the idea of my friend Juli. One day she told us she had read an article about plastic pollution in the sea and there was also a tampon in the picture with a red warning triangle over it. This raised the question of what tampons had to do with plastic waste. After some research she found out that many tampons are not made of cotton at all, as one would expect.
When the five girls of us drove to the mountains together, Juli raised the subject again and told us that she would like to bring tampons made of organic cotton to the market. She wanted to know from us if we like the idea and whether we have ever thought about it.
We denied, because no, none of us has considered whether there is anything else in it. There is also no labeling requirement for tampon manufacturers because it is a commodity.
So then this idea has matured. And it was a long way, because we all did not know how to reach there. How can we produce pure cotton tampons?
Juli then researched a lot, visited tampon factories and finally found a great manufacturer in Germany, with whom we now work together. From the beginning, it was important to her that the product will be produced as environmentally and sparingly as possible. The whole thing should then also be certified, so it is clear that no pesticides are used in the cultivation of cotton, that the farmers are paid fairly, and that the further process until the tampon is at the customer, is tested and fair. So that the customer knows after all that he holds a 100% organic cotton product in his hands.
At some point everything was organized and we could start.
It’s really interesting because you encounter things that you’ve never dealt with before. You meet a lot of new people, meet many women and you get more and more into the topic. It is super nice and a lot of fun.
… in order to implement such an idea in practice, one must have a certain openness towards life. Did you grow up in a parental home that gave you such openness?
No, I would not say that. I would never have started Juno & Me on my own initiative either. Juli has definitely been the driving force that wants to change things in life.
But that point why I myself live a certain openness, is more likely due to the many moves that I have participated in my childhood. That’s how I learned to adapt to new situations and new people again and again. You can see and get along a lot. I think that’s the point that got me on. Also, I find it important which people you meet. There are people who touch you somehow, they give you something, then you hit a path and find out for you if that’s your way too. You move like a fish in the water and swim with it and somehow you arrive somewhere.
My parents did not study, did a solid job, and mainly cared that the family could be fed. However, I wanted to start studying after graduation. That was out of the question for my parents. So I had to think about what I would like to do instead, and applied to the BKA to train as a detective superintendent. But at the end of the training I noticed that this was not my world at all. After the apprenticeship I still studied. What was not comprehensible for my parents at all. How to give up a safe job.
But I did not want to live on being kept down and pressed in. I wanted more. This haunts me even today. I have an incredibly strong desire for freedom. As soon as somewhere a routine comes in and I just have to work this out – that’s not for me.
… who and what inspires you?
Mostly these are the “crazy” people. People you could not put in drawers. Which are totally open to new things, are very free in their thinking and who implant new ideas.
These are people who are a long way from my everyday life, but if I used to take a different road, I might have landed there too. That’s why I think it’s so inspiring and appealing, because it’s something that they fully live out, which – under other circumstances – I would like to do too.
… at some point, every person who deliberately deals with life will come to the question of what she can do good with his actions to the world and to humans.
Have you ever asked yourself this question?
In any case, sure!
I ask myself above all: “If I should be gone now, have I left something?”
It’s not that I think I have to put up a huge building somewhere or do something important. No, I see this more in the small and above all interpersonal framework. Did I leave anything with my person or in interaction with others that somehow touched someone?
For example, what you do with your interviews, exchange and fertilize each other, inspire others. It’s more like a feeling. Did I leave a specific feeling?
And where do you see that with what you do exactly?
I do not think in drawers, am very open to most people and I do not judge. I let everything and everyone, opinions and views affect me and can totally accept this without condemning it. I give others the opportunity to open up to me. And I love to meet people, no matter in which area.
… in what form do like-minded people matter? Are you well off talking about the topics that move you deeply, or do you prefer to spend your time silently doing it?
I would say, I am very communicative! I like to communicate with other people. Maybe some would say that I deal a lot with myself. But this mainly concerns topics in which I know that I have to make progress myself.
… what does it mean for you to live a “creative life”?
That one can follow his heart and express his nature. It does not have to be that you paint a picture or do other creative activities.
If you have the feeling that you’re giving something out of yourself to the world, that’s creativity for me.
I also see that in Juno & Me: First of all, to have this idea, to share it with us, to take us and ultimately to make a project out of it. You can feel that energy behind it. And that’s what creativity is about for me.
Foto Julia Emmerling: Juno & Me