Friday, March 18, 2011

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Green Light- Loo


                               An eco-sista who says start small to work your way up the ladder

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly for about 3 years but the process is not complete.  There are still areas of my living where I feel I could be more "green".

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It started with my hair.  I had been chemically relaxed for years and it had damaged my hair over that time.  When I decided to stop using relaxers, I noticed an improvement in my hair health.  With that came the switch to making some of my own hair products, purchasing organic foods, and buying more environmentally friendly household products (e.g., dishwashing liquid, house cleaners). 

What do you like about it? I like that I'm protecting myself from possible harmful chemicals as well as helping the environment.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yes.  The biggest challenge to being eco-friendly is the price tag.  Some products are just more expensive than the "not so eco-friendly" option.  Another challenge is the effectiveness of the product.  Some eco-friendly items just don't work as well as the alternative (e.g., litter).  However, I consistently try to find ways around both.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I say start small.  Take baby steps.  Start with your hair care products.  Buy an eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner.  Then move up to making your own products, like a moisturizer or body lotion, using eco-friendly ingredients.  Next transition to other areas of your life like reusing plastic bags and switching to e-statements instead of paper.  Then move on to the big stuff like eco-friendly household products and items.

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 certainly do feel like a green hypocrite sometimes.  Going green can be very complex, but at the end of the day, you have to realize that what you are doing -- whether big or small -- is helping you, others, and the environment.  That alone motivates me to keep up with the lifestyle and even try to do more.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? ::Blushes:: Thank you for the compliment!  I've been natural for 3 years as of February 1st.  (Prior to my big chop, I transitioned for 10 months).  I try to "keep it so fly" by keeping it healthy.  Before this journey, my hair was damaged due to chemical over-processing and there was nothing I could do to fake "flyness".  Healthy hair is where it starts.  That comes from eating right and a regimen focused on moisture retention and protection of the strands.

Is there anything you like to add? Yes.  Going green is a lifestyle and process that takes time.  For those who are entering that realm, stay encouraged and positive.  Don't get overwhelmed.  Again, start small and work your way up the ladder to eco-friendliness.  Thank you for having me!


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