Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Green Light- Brittany

An eco-sista who is working on making a difference



How long have you been eco-friendly? I would say that I became more serious about being eco-friendly about 4 years ago during my sophomore year in college. As a kid I always went crazy when someone littered but I hadn't really changed any of my own habits for the long run until then.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Being eco-freindly kind of just came to me naturally. I've always loved animals and I love being outdoors so taking care of the environment is something I realized I needed to do in order to preserve what I love. After taking some courses in environmental health science I started to reevaluate products that I use and I eliminated those with ingredients that I felt were unfavorable. My decision to use organic hair products also helped with this decision. I am also pescetarian for health reasons.

What do you like about it? I like knowing that I'm working on making a difference. I think we fail to realize how often and how much we harm the environment from day to day. Although I'm only making personal changes now, I hope that one day I, along with others, will be able to influence masses of people to change our behaviors for the sake of the environment. Being eco-friendly is not just about recycling or purchasing organic products, it's about changing what services and products you buy, supporting research and development in agricultural and environmental studies, and realizing that we all have to make sacrifices to achieve the common goal of living in a healthier world.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? One of my biggest challenges was getting people (my own family and friends) to support my habits. One of the biggest challenges is spreading knowledge on environmental health. People hear so many pieces of conflicting information that they never know what to believe. There is also a lot of research being done that never gets publicized and that is a huge problem.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start however you can and hold true to what yo do. As time passes you will be able to do more. Also be sure to look at both sides of every argument ans understand why things are being done a certain way (even if you still ultimately don't agree). Saying "no" to something is good but also be active in thinking of ways to fix the problem and/or find alternatives. And remember, sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the greater good (usually financially which I know we Americans don't like lol).

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, but I have big hopes as to how I can change in the future. And just as people in the past thought some of the things they did were helping the environment ultimately did a disservice to the environment, I'm sure there are things we are doing now that future generations will discover aren't so good. You just have to not compare your efforts to others sometimes.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural all my life but I decided to stop using heat on my hair this past February and that's when I cut it. I wash it once a week with either Giovanni's Smooth as Silk Shampoo or Aubrey Organics White Camellia Shampoo and I co-wash during the week with either of their conditioners. I also sleep with a satin bonnet at night. This little afro is my only style but I love it! I think I am fly therefore I AM FLY! LOL It's all about confidence and girl I've got it!

Is there anything you like to add? To everyone, love yourself and be just who you are. Thanks for this opportunity.

"I just want to save the world one species at a time"

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