Monday, March 14, 2011

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Green Light- Latasha

         

                         An eco-mama who was influenced by her son to be more eco-friendly

                                                       

How long have you been eco-friendly? I don’t know if I would consider myself exactly eco-friendly, but I have been more conscious of how I care for the environment.  I would say that I’ve been paying more attention to what I do and what “waste” I leave for the past 4 or 5 years.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I did not have much of a choice because my 9 year old son is very gung ho about taking care of the environment.  He once cried for 40 minutes because he learned about the rate that the rain forests are being chopped down.  He is sensitive when it comes to making the planet safe for animals.  I wish I could say that we have influenced him to think this way, but in reality, he has influenced us.  (“a little child will lead them”…)

What do you like about it? It makes me feel good because I know that we are doing our part in making the planet a better place for my two children and future generations.  Humans have really done a number on this planet and I feel that we all need to do our part in fixing it.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? It’s sometimes tough to recycle in our city because of the lack of curb pick-up that we had when I lived in California (I’m in Memphis now).  You have to actively take your recycling to the recycling areas.  It’s a challenge for me because I home school and it’s sometimes tough to find time to take the items.  We end up with a lot of the stuff piling up in our garage.  When I do have time to take the stuff, I often forget.

Another challenge is in purchasing more eco-friendly foods and products.  I mentioned that I am a home school/stay-at-home mom, so we live on one income.  We cannot always afford to buy organic stuff and sometimes have to purchase the cheaper, not-so-good for the environment items.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would tell the person to remember that one person can make a difference!  Sometimes it’s frustrating trying to do the right thing for the environment, especially when others around you are not doing their part, but every piece of trash you recycle or reuse and every eco-friendly product that you use is one less piece of trash or product polluting the earth. 

Another way to be more eco-friendly is to support companies that are eco-friendly.  For example, my web hosting is through startlogic, a company that is a “green” company.  They take extra steps in making sure that their servers use as little energy as possible.

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? Yes I do!  There is so much more that I could be doing.  But like you said above, there is no right way, so I do what I can.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for five years now.  I manage to keep it up because right after I went natural, I started a website, which has now turned into a blog, (http://www.natural-ness.com/) and I feel dedicated to my readers.  I started the website initially to inspire other ladies, but I find that my readers actually inspire me to take better care of my hair (my daughter’s hair as well).

Some of my main “stay fly” tips are: 1) keep the hair well moisturized (water is your best friend), 2) sleep on satin (whether it’s a scarf or a pillow case), 3) coconut oil is my new love (it’s terrific for hair), 4) stretching your hair is a great way to show off some length and 5) learn to love your hair for what it does and don’t worry about what it doesn’t or can’t do.

Is there anything you like to add? If we all strive to do our best for: 1) ourselves (including our hair and bodies), 2) our friends & families (tell them how much you love them each day) and 3) the environment (reduce, reuse, and recycle), we will go a long way towards improving our lives and the lives of future generations in general.  Thank you so much for the feature!  I wish you well on your “green” journey!

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