Friday, March 11, 2011

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Green Light- Christine

                                        
                                         An eco-sista giving back one small step at a time
                                       



How long have you been eco-friendly? I can't really put a finger on how long it's been since I've been Eco-Friendly. I've always been aware of enviromental issues and I've been quite familiar with organic food. I have though, recently started getting serious about what kinds of products that I use and my health habits. I would say for about 4 years now.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I'm a science nerd and one thing that has always interested me was about how our eco-system operates and how our planet functions. I've always known that we are at a tipping point(or maybe we've past that) and now is really the time to think about cutting back on CO2 emissions and perserving our planet for our kids and grandkids. I am already anal when it comes to how much electricity is use since I pay the bill, but I walk everywhere within a 2-3 mile radius of my house and I conserve on water. It's a small step, but they count.

What do you like about it? I like that I feel like I am giving back to the community one small step at a time. I like eating food that tastes like real food and not anything that's been processed to death. I like having to smell clean air and being able to take my daughter to the park without it being littered with trash. In Baltimore where I live, the city is promoting it's clean initiative by asking business owners to offer paper bags to it's patrons and only offer plastic bags upon request.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Challenges for me would be actually sticking to the plan of buying more sustainable goods and using them. Organic and raw products are very expensive and I try to stick to a budget as best as I can. But lets face it, the stuff that has the bad stuff in it is also cheaper and works with my budget. Their is a balance so what I do is go to an organic store everyother paycheck and buy natural foods and produce. Another thing is getting others to care and getting them involved in the process. Not too many people are familiar with what 'going green' means and have their own stereotypes and prejudices of what it means. I try to educate family members and friends in the best way I can and my company, Green Afro Diva, does that by marketing handmade and natural products to our community at farmer's markets and expos.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Never let anyone judge how 'green' you really are. You have to go at your own pace. Don't treat it like you're on a green diet by only buying green items that you may not be able to afford and probably don't use anyway. Small steps count such as recycling plastics, paper and glass and turning off the lights when you're not using them. I take a 5 - 10 minute shower everday and turn off the water each time I brush my teeth. Once you get into a rhythm, these become routine and second nature to you. Also use energy saving bulbs and plastic for windows in the winter time.

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? Unless you live in a extremely eco-friendly home made of leaves and dirt and drive around in a biodegradeable car, no one is really %100 green. I'm a foodie at heart and I still like to eat meat-I just eat less of it these days. I still drive my car to work even though it pollutes the air. Most of the products that we all use are made from petrochemicals and emit phthalates, carcinogens, and other nasty stuff that may be harmful to us. So I'm not a green nazi. On my blog, I stress green and natural living in the most realistic aspect as possible - by doing what works for you and gradually easing into a routine. No one likes to be preached to since we are all not perfect. I just feel like we as a community can do a little bit more. Also, some green products simply don't work as great as the other name-brand products that we're used to using. Does that make me a hypocrite for sticking to my favorite brand of laundry detergent? Sure it does and it's OK! It's funny because this is actually my next blog topic coming up called "It's Not that Easy Being Green". But the point is, something or even a little bit is better than nothing.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for almost 11 years now. During that time, I've worn wigs and weaves and took care of my hair by keeping it oiled and moisturized. I now wear my hair locked and have been wearing locs now for 2 1/2 years. I get them touched up ever 6-8 weeks and in between, I use Shea Moisture Dry Hair and Scalp spray for $9.99 which can be found at Target. I suffer from dry scalp and hair or dermatitis so I must constantly keep my hair moisturized.

Is there anything you like to add? Green Afro Diva - Natural Living with Flava is just what the name suggests. We are a natural livng company for people of color. I market handmade products such as beauty, and makeup and also organic apparel such as fitten shirts and bags. My blog not only deals with topics related to the environment and healthier eating but also about sex, self-esteem, insecurities, and fitness tips. I will be at the Baltimore Natural Hair Expo on March 26th and 27th and the DC Natural Hair Expo April 16th. If you guys are in the area, I hope to see some of you there :)

2 comments:

  1. I don't know if the other comment went through, but I just want to say, thanks for the support :) This looks really great and It's good to see that others want to get involved in making our planet cleaner and living healthier lives

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  2. You welcome I'm glad you like it thanks

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