Monday, November 22, 2010

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Green Light-Charnika

                                 An eco-sista with a sense of humor who's anxiously doing her part.


How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly for about three years now. It all started when I joined an eco-friendly student organization at my university called GREEN. It was a real eye opener about how little changes in my everyday living can help the environment.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I choose to be eco-friendly because I live on earth lol. I feel like anyone who lives here and are aware of the dangers we face when we choose to live blindly to the amount of waste we produce, are absolutely nuts! I feel as though I have to do my part to help this planet.

What do you like about it? I like that there is so many things we can do to be eco-friendly, and some of those things are just as easy as choosing paper over plastic! You can choose to do something little or big and everything in between is helping. I think that's awesome.

Did you face any challanges? If so, what is/was your biggest obstacle(s)? I face alot of challenges because I no longer have a car (wait, that could be of some help to the environment, right? Lol.) and can't go to the recycling bin as often as I would when I did. But I now find that I sometimes forget to bring my own bags when I go to the grocery store and sometimes when I'm super sore from a workout, I take "Hollywood showers". I'm trying to break these old habits, but it's often a struggle.


Any tips/advice for somone looking to be more eco-friendly? If you're really interested in being more eco-friendly, do your research or join an organization to find more tips. I also think it's important to realize that every change no matter how little or big is an improvement and a step in the right direction. I think people sometimes think going green means you have to make a drastic changes and that thought along discourages people. Take one step at a time and change at your own pace.

Going green can be complex. This discourages alot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Absolutely! Sometimes I fight with myself if I throw a receipt I find in my pocket into the garbage can if I don't see any recycle bins around. It's tough because something so little as a tiny receipt shouldn't have me at odds with myself, but because I want to be as green as I can that sometimes cringe at the act of being on the go. It's a struggle for sure.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I started transitioning from relaxed to natural hair in August 2009 and cut the relaxed ends of on August 7, 2010. I love being natural! Although going green did not influence my decision to end my perm usage, I definately feel it has caused me to look at the things I use in my hair and in general more closely. Thanks for the compliment! ;o)

Is there anything you like to add? Thanks for featuring me on your blog. Although going green has been fading from the television ads (or is that just my TV screen?), I still think it's an important issue to discuss and I'm glad that you're doing your part. I am anxious to do mine as well!

Charnika a.k.a. CharJay


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