Monday, March 21, 2011

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Green Light- Indiana




An eco-mama who likes being an informed consumer





How long have you been eco-friendly? It started when I was in high school (around 8 1/2 years ago), I took an AP environmental science class and it totally changed my perspective on the impact humans have on the planet. I've been a committed recycler and environmentally conscious ever since.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I learned so much in that class in high school that my mind was opened and I couldn't just sit back and not apply what I learned. An awareness was sparked within me and if I can make changes for a better environmental tomorrow, then why wouldn't I.

What do you like about it? I like being an informed consumer. I like making decisions and establishing lifestyle habits that have benefits beyond instant gratification, not just for me but for others on this planet.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Well, I'll be 25 this year and, as an adult, my most recent and biggest obstacle has been the fight for pure, trustworthy food. And by trustworthy, I mean organic. In 2010, I read a book called Fast Food Nation and saw a documentary called Food, Inc. and I immediately made some changes to what I put into my body! Since then, I question everything--- I want to know where it comes from. 

I am fortunate to live in a city where there is a farmer's market each weekend, so I'm a loyal customer. However, when your options are limited to what is in season (then I get stuck in a cooking rut trying to figure out meal idea's) and a budget kick's in, there is a battle---> I don't want to get the produce from the commercial grocery store that has been sprayed with pesticides or it is a frankenfood because of XYZ's seeds etc...BUT how am I supposed to satisfy a husband and feed a growing toddler on the few choices of in season produce. 

Oh, and not to mention how freaked out I am when trying to avoid processed EVERYTHING that is housed in the grocery store!! Then the conditions of the animals (chicken, turkey, fish) that end up in attractive labels have me petrified from even looking at the frozen meats in the grocery store...when you know better, you do better. The scary and hard part is, what am I left to eat???? Sometimes I have to trick my mind as I reluctantly open up the can of green beans knowing that my order of consumption when given the choice ought to be organic first, "fresh" second, frozen third, and canned should be dead last. It is tough stuff! Therefore I have my biggest challenge of becoming eco-friendly.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Do your research to try to eat local and buy local. Support your community Farmer's Markets, begin recycling, seek out and invest in quality eco friendly brands/companies. I am trying to change over to have most to all products that I use come from a company that isn't a mega corporation with ingredients that are harmful environmentally heartless. The price may be higher, but it sure is worth it.

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? Oh girl yes!! But I do what I can do and have to tell myself that I can't do it all, so no need in beating myself up over it. There isn't a green police checking on your planet helping progress, so I'm of the mindset of building success in what you are doing and be happy about it. For example, I wanted to be a cloth diapering momma so bad when our daughter was younger (she'll be 3 in April) but my husband wasn't agreeing, so hey at least we bathed her with California Baby products, you know? Look at it from a positive angle, lol.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Well thank you! My last relaxer was March 25, 2009 and my Big Chop was September 5, 2009, so I'm 1 year and 5 months natural. I'm by no way a stylish person-- I'm learning to braid on my daughters hair and forget about braiding or flat twisting on my own head, it is a no go!! I like to view YouTube and read hair blogs for idea's and at times I give them a try. I mostly wear puffs, twists (once or twice a month), or individual box plaits (once or twice a month). I love keeping it moisturized with Qhemet Biologics-- Amla and Heavy Olive Cream is amazing (love them), some coconut oil on my ends and I'm good to go. I'm looking for a shampoo (finishing up my bottle of Jane Carter's), I stick with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose for conditioner. I like Oyin Handmade's Honey Hemp or Kinky Curly Knot Today as leave ins. My routine is to shampoo every other week with a co-wash in between. The longer it gets, the more of a wash/detangling regimen I need to develop. Oh, well, so be it...that is a work in progress. Some people may disagree with this, but I wash it loose and sleep with a satin bonnet with it loose (big afro not in sections/braids/twists...that is a lot of work, call me lazy :/ ) I have 4a hair and a heap of it!! I just bought the Tangle Teezer and I look forward to detangling now, lol.

Is there anything you like to add?  Sure, I'm on a few hair boards, usually with the name Earthy Natural but I post sporadically...natural hair in the e-world is a positive outlet and I typically find it more fun to read/watch than reply. I do try to update my online hair album on fotki---> www.fotki.com/blk-strandz

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