Monday, January 3, 2011

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Green Light- Autumn

                                     
                            An eco-sista who didn't like the harsh effect of chemicals so she went green.


                                          

How long have you been eco-friendly? I think I started becoming more eco friendly towards the middle of college. I started to recycle more and use more gentle cleaning products as well as personal care products.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I didn't like what chemicals did to my hair, skin, and most importantly nose! So I decided to use products with ingredients that were less harsh and didn't linger or leave behind trace toxins.

What do you like about it? I can use the same products for a variety of areas in the home/car/office. I can use the same product to clean my tub on my sink or even on my skin. Can't do that with cleaning products from the store!  Also, bringing the knowledge to more people is awesome! I donate gentle cleaning products to a cultural center/yoga studio I helped open called The Infinite for cleaning the facility, windows and yoga mats and it just dawned on me that I'm paying it forward in a way. That makes me pretty happy!

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I find that I have to use a bit more elbow grease, if you will, but normally I don't mind unless I'm feeling lazy.
 
Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start small, don't overwhelm yourself and go buy an arsenal of cleaning products. I started with recycling and using things like apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil to clean counter tops and sinks. Then you can, gradually move towards other gentle concoctions like baking soda and lavender essential oil for a simple carpet cleaning powder.

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? Sometimes, when I'm in an uncontrolled environment.  There are times where I'm out and I want to recycle but there aren't appropriate bins and I just hope that the restaurant or establishment is recycling. But normally, I remind myself that the reason why our landfills are so huge and vast is because too many of us aren't helping out. Too many of us throw a gum wrapper on the ground, toss plastic bottles in trash cans, and don't really care that much about how much trash we actually accumulate. So whatever I'm doing that's positive actually counts and I can't allow myself to feel bad for that.. Every bit helps but you have to believe it and stick to your guns.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Aw, thank you! :D I've been natural since 2003 and I've learned more in the past 2 years about my hair than in the first 5 years. There's so much information out there now! I've moved towards keeping a simple style and protective style on a more regular basis.  I like to go for something more big and dramatic on certain occasions. I'll sporadically experiment with a new style at any random moment though if I have a lot of time on my hands. My hair thrives the most when it's moisturized, detangled and protected!

Is there anything you like to add? Thank you for featuring me! I love that there's a movement towards getting rid of the chemicals in various parts of our lives, hair, skin, and in the home. It's definitely a move in the right direction!

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