Monday, January 24, 2011

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Green Light- Alicia

An eco-sista who's setting an example for future generations.




How long have you been eco-friendly? I never really considered myself to be "eco-friendly", but I've been living a pretty conscious lifestyle for years.  I became more eco-friendly around the time I moved to Germany in 2005.
  
Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I was raised in a somewhat eco-friendly manner.  In my house weren't allowed to waste electricity, water, food, etc...and that stuck with me to adulthood.  I enjoy recycling, saving, and re-using things rather then throwing them in the trash.  When I lived in Germany (2006 to 2009) it really opened my eyes to how eco-friendly people could be.  They made sure to recycle everything that they could and had compost heaps in their backyards; this resulted in most homes having really small trash cans (the trash cans you put outside for garbage pick-up).  Having only one small trashcan will force you to recycle or else your bin will be overflowing!

What do you like about it? I like that I'm setting an example for generations to come, and trying to make the world a better place for them.  I don't have children yet, but when I do, I want them to be mindful of the value of things such as clean air and water and not take them for granted.  I also like knowing that I'm doing my part to help prolong the Earth's existence.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Right now my main challenge is that the city that I live in doesn't recycle!  I have to take my bags/boxes of plastics, cans, cardboard, etc... to a recycling center which is about 20 minutes from my house.  It really bothers me that my area is so careless and wasteful, but I'm hoping they will change this and just pay for the recycling pick-up in the near future.


                                           

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would suggest to look into the types of products you are using and consuming and lean towards those that are better for the environment and can be recycled.  Also, don't be wasteful and look into washing and re-using certain containers and things that you might think to throw out.

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? Of course.  I'm no where near as "green" as I'd like to be, but there's no reason to beat myself up about it.  :o)  All I can do is try!

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural since June 3, 1982 which is the day I was born!  Growing up my mother always told me that relaxers make your hair fall out, and I believed her.  Even when I was old enough to make my own decisions regarding my hair, I just stuck with what God gave me.  I started my "healthy hair journey" about two years ago b/c even though I've always been natural, I didn't always take the best care of my hair.  Now its longer and thicker than its ever been (which is a blessing and a curse when it comes to detangling and styling!) and with sites like bglh.com and curlynikki.com I can continuously get good haircaire tips and information.

Is there anything you like to add? Like I said earlier, I really don't consider myself "eco-friendly", I just try to do what's best for my self, my God, and the environment.  Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog!

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