Friday, February 4, 2011

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Green Light- Jenee

                                         An eco-sista who says going green is a human thing         
                                                


How long have you been eco-friendly?  I've been recycling since I was a teenager but have become more eco-friendly the last five years.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I chose to be eco-friendly to help better the enviroment. What we have done and are doing to the planet disturbs me. Learning about the causes of poor air quality, oceans used as garbage dumps and how all of this affects animal and human life woke me up.  If this continues we aren't going to have a planet to enjoy.  I also became greener because I'm concerned about the chemicals in the air, food, home products, etc that were coming into my body. I'm not perfect with my green habits. Still, I believe anything I do big or small can benefit Earth and my health.

What do you like about it? Like a lot of women I pride in taking care of myself. And to me being eco-friendly is a way of taking care of yourself. Just like a woman may feel good about herself because she goes to the salon, works out etc. So using natural products in my beauty routines, eating foods from my grandparent's garden, checking products for harmful chemicals are a few ways I'm being good to myself and my body. I also like being eco-friendly because I'm playing a part in making Earth a better place.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I was under the impression that going green costs a lot of green. I considred a more eco-friendly lifestyle in graduate school. I was hesitant because green products often cost more than regular products and I couldn't foot that on a student budget. I figured out other cost-effective ways of being eco-friendly. For instance, I cut up old t-shirts and use them as cleaning rags instead of paper towels. I attend local Earth Day fairs where vendors hand out reusable shopping bags, free energy-effiecient light bulbs and other products for green living.  I stopped buying bottled water. Now I have a resuable water bottle free of bisphenol A and a Brita pitcher. I can't afford a solar panel on my roof but this is a start.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Don't be intimidated by going green. You don't have to go 100% green overnight. I think it is a gradual process, especially since it is a new lifestyle. Do your research.  Just because a product label says "natural" or "organic" doesn't mean that's true.

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? If I'm at a party eating from paper plates or drinking bottled water when there's no recycle bins around, I feel so guilty. As I said earlier, I'm not living the perfect 100% eco-friendly life. Unless you never leave your home, I don't see how anyone can be green 24/7. For example, I drive an extremely fuel-efficient car. Sure it's not guzzling gas like a Hummer, but I'm using gasoline and emissions from my car affect the air.  That's not to say humankind doesn't need to do better (and quickly) about being eco-friendly. But don't be too hard on yourself if you're in a situation where you can't be green.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I wore a press and curl most of my life. I had a bad experience with a LYE relaxer when I was a kid.  Any substance that burns and leaves scabs in your scalp should not have the word "relax" in its name. But in college I had a relaxer because I didn't know how to press my hair. I applied the relaxer and made sure not to burn myself.  Immediately after graduation I went back to the hot comb and learned how to press it myself. And pressing hair takes a lot of work. I needed a break. It's been 4 months since I began wearing my hair natural. Girl, I love it!  Today I enjoyed walking in the light rain without an umbrella. It sounds like a simple thing, but it was a small joy.  I truly adore the feel of my hair. So much that I wrote a post about it on my site Cocoa Fly.  I keep my kinks fly with:
L'Oreal Natures Therapy Mega Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Jojoba oil
Shea Butter
Rosemary oil (for the scalp)
Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel (for my twists)

 Is there anything you like to add? Thanks for inviting me to CluessCurl. Profiling eco-friendly women of color is a great idea and much needed.  Environmentalism is usually associated with white people. There are men and women of all hues working to save the planet. I hope what people learn from your site is that eco-friendly people also look like your homegirl from South LA and her Atlanta sorority sister.  Or they look like the fine brotha chilling at the bar in the New York club. Going green is not a white thing, but a human thing.  And to the city girls, leave the concrete once and a while and explore the outdoors.  Hiking and nature walks reconnect me to Mother Nature and remind me why being eco-friendly is so important.

3 comments:

  1. Love the hair. Great information. I am a press & curl girl myself.

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  2. Thanks again for profiling me. I know you had to work out some technical difficulties but it worked out. :) Good luck with your blog!

    Jenee
    CocoaFly.com

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  3. @ Abigail, Thanks for stopping by
    @ Jenee, Thank you for letting me profile you

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