Friday, February 18, 2011

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Green Light- Jasmine


                                         An eco-sista doing something meaningful for the earth

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly for about maybe five years now. I started out in the beginning of high school, when I became a vegetarian during the start of my freshman year, and the eco-friendliness just gradually progressed from there.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? You know, I never really had a defined reason. It actually kind of just happened; I didn't even have an exact reason for becoming vegetarian in the first place. I just wanted to, I did the research, and I gave up meat the next day cold-turkey. It's the same thing with the eco-friendliness; I just wanted to. If I had to choose a reason, though, I'd say I chose to be eco-friendly because I'm a big animal lover, and I think it's wrong how people are just carelessly destroying the animals' habitats like they are, and I want to do as much as I can to prevent that destruction. We only get one planet, so it seems stupid to destroy it.

What do you like about it? I like the feeling that I'm helping out another creature that can't speak up for itself. I also like the feeling that I'm healthier and that I'm doing something meaningful for the earth. This way, I don't feel like an enemy towards the natural world, you know?

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the obstacle(s)? I actually didn't face any major challenges. My family and friends were very accepting of my new lifestyle, and finding eco-friendly alternatives to food and other things was very easy, since I live in the age of the interwebz. It was really annoying, though, how everyone always asked me questions when I first started out like, "What do you eat?" All the hippie jokes were also annoying (even though I am a grade A hippie :)).

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Just go for it! It may seem like it's really difficult, but that feeling never lasts long and it becomes very easy very quickly. Just do lots and research, arm yourself with lots of knowledge of what you're doing, and go for it! Don't be afraid, and never forget to research!

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? I never feel that way because I know that every little bit I do is significant in some way. Even if you have only recycled one bottle in your entire life, it's still one more bottle than many, many other people have or had.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for about three years now, and I keep it "fly" by just listening to what it wants. I provide my hair with lots of moisture and gentle handling, and if it doesn't like a product or a certain technique, than that product/technique goes out the window immediately, no ifs, ands, or buts. You just got to listen to the hair. :)

Is there anything you like to add? Being natural and eco-friendly have to be some of the greatest choices I've made in my life. Even if I'm feeling down and consider deviating away from these lifestyles, I never regret at least trying them out in the first place.


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