Monday, February 7, 2011

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Green Light- Mika

This eco-sista went green after it sort of presented itself.



How long have you been eco-friendly? To tell the truth, I'm not all THAT eco-friendly, but I've been working on it for the last two years. I live in NYC, where going "green" is more of a trend than it is a lifestyle. Everything that's sold as eco-friendly doesn't always live up to its title; it's also often very expensive, and makes it that much harder to find products that are genuinely eco-friendly. I also don't drive--I use public transportation (horrible as it is at times! LOL!)

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It wasn't an outright decision, it just sort of presented itself during (yet another) time I was strapped for cash and making a lot of other changes in my life.

What do you like about it? It CAN be cost effective, provided you A) buy in bulk and B) know what you're getting. Example: castile soap. We go through this pretty fast in my house, so I always by the gallon bottle which can last for MONTHS at a time. Saves money having to restock, no additional plastic is used, castile soap is an organic soap, etc, etc. =)

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The boyfriend! LOL! He generates a lot of trash on his own. It's also a pain to get him to recycle, but I've turned him on to using canvas bags when we go food shopping (or ANY kind of shopping). He's a work in progress. =)

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Research, research, research. Labels are just that: labels. Anyone can print "organic" or "eco-friendly" and slap it on a bottle, while the contents can burn a hole through a soda can. Do your research, and most of all, find what works for you and your budget. Going green shouldn't equal GOING BROKE.


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? At times, but on the other hand, you HAVE to be realistic when changing an aspect of your lifestyle. There's a lot to consider: location, NATURE of that location, what's available, what you need, what you can afford, what you can afford to sacrifice, and the such. We're not exactly in a world where we have the option to pack up and start a hippie commune the next day and grow our own food. (And even THAT takes a great deal of planning on consideration.) The bulk of the population lives in cities. Cities are NOT going to be 100% eco-friendly, so you have to be creative to make your own life eco-friendly. In less words, "Be the change that you seek.", but do it within your means as well.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? As of December 31, I'll be natural 2 years. I wash my hair every week with raw black soap, deep condition with Giovanni Direct Smooth As Silk Conditioner, moisturize with an aloe spritz and style with Eco-Styler styling gel. (Not eco-friendly, but will have to do until I can afford to make my own gel.) I also use oils such as castor, jojoba, and sweet almond oil to seal in moisture.

Is there anything you like to add? At the end of the day, any life-changing decision you make should be made because YOU want to make it. Not because Mom, or Dad, or Society or Big Brother says you should. If YOU want to do it and YOU feel strongly enough about it, then by all means DO IT.

4 comments:

  1. Hi, Ayesha
    Thanks for stopping by

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  2. I think that she's the 3rd person I heard that say that some of the eco-friendly products currently on the market don't live up to it's standards. And some of those are not really eco-friendly which is why if find myself buying that bad stuf- especially when it comes to cleaning and hair products.

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  3. True, I've been there with some of these products claiming to be eco-friendly

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