Monday, December 20, 2010

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Green Light- Curlock

An eco- sista who says Why be wasteful?

How long have you been eco-friendly?  I remember learning about recycling in grade school and being SO excited to implement it at my house. I came home and kept yammering on about paper, plastics, and metals and how we're supposed to separate them and so on and so forth.... my parents were less than enthusiastic. I'd stay I started being eco-friendly when I was finally 'on my own' (i.e. college). It was easier as my school already encouraged recycling. When I stopped relaxing my hair, I bumped it up a bit, and became more conscious about the chemicals that I was putting in my hair and on my body (which also means down the drain!).

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I want to be eco-friendly because I feel our society (as a whole) acts like they are oblivious to the fact that resources are space are limited on this planet. Why be wasteful? For example, did you know that there is a patch of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean that is twice the size of Texas? Did you know that it was discovered in the 80's, but in general people have only begun to take notice of it now? That's just sick! Also, how about the fact that Frito-Lay developed compost-able packaging for Sun Chips (why not do it for all their brands? but I digress)... only for them to revert back when people complained that the bag was too loud... really? I just don't understand it. I want to do what I can not to become part of the problem.

What do you like about it? What's not to like? The things that I do are small, but I feel like they matter, especially as more people adopt green practices. I'm not sacrificing anything, so why not do it?

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? One challenge that come to mind are when I want to buy products that don't come in recyclable materials. I need someone to explain to me why Yoplait and Dannon cannot bring themselves to make those yogurt cups in recyclable plastic, haha. I find that very annoying and wasteful. Another challenge is that I hate doing dishes, so using paper plates/plastic utensils is kind of tempting sometimes... but then I just suck it up and get to washing. Unless it's at a party or something, I always feel guilty using paper plates anyways. My biggest challenge is because I'm natural and it generally takes a lot of water (and time) to deal with my hair, so I've had to come up with ways to not be so wasteful when I'm doing my hair.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Sure! Some simple ones that come to mind are bringing your own cloth grocery bags to the store instead of opting for plastic. They won't break on you, you can carry them on your shoulder, and some stores offer you a small discount for every bag that you bring in. Recycling is another easy one, as some cities have single stream recycling centers that don't require you to separate your paper, plastics, and metals from one another. I try to find uses for the containers that aren't recyclable, i.e. using them as containers for my hair products or henna. Also, in order not to waste water while I'm doing my hair, I shampoo my hair in the shower, and detangle and condition my hair afterwards. It cuts my shower time down by a LOT. I then just rinse my hair in the sink (I hate hopping in and out of the shower) and keep it moving!

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot 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? Occasionally, but just the fact that 99% of the time I'm trying to be 'green' overshadows the 1% that it doesn't work out that way. There's definitely a spectrum of "greenness", from simple things such as recycling to redoing your entire home in a green manner. Some people are able to do more than others, but the fact that you're trying at all is great, and something to be proud of :)

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I stopped relaxing at the beginning of 2006, but there was NOTHING fly about my hair until the summer of 2010!! I didn't really try to take care of it until this year, and this summer is when I really started finding what was working for me. Most of the time I have it up in some sort of bun, and I still have a lot of work to do on it, but I don't know, I make it work when it really matters :) Really, I'm trying to focus on the health of my hair, I figure the fly factor will follow.

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