Friday, April 1, 2011

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Green Light- Dominique

                                   

                                            An eco-sista who loves making her own products
                                


How long have you been eco-friendly? I wouldn't exactly say I'm completly eco-friendly, but I do recycle and reuse bottles whenever I can. I will hold onto garbage, papers and bottles until I can get to a recycle bin/garbage can, LOL.  I would say I took it a step further about two years ago, when I began making my own skin and hair products. I prefer to order containers that I can clean myself and reuse. I also prefer to order my supplies in bulk or finding things locally  to cut down on shipping cost and wasting resources. If I can avoid shipping a small item, I will.


Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? " Don't complain about things, if you do nothing to contribute to change or you are apart of the problem."  It makes me feel responsible and considerate of those around me.  We are such consumers that we do not think of the repercussions of it sometimes.  I just don't like to be wasteful and I hate to see garbage thrown around carelessly and I feel guilty when I throw things I know can be recycled in the garbage.  I'm also easily convinced about health and environmental issues, so I try to follow most things I learn about.  Those infomercials and ads can be so convincing.  As for making my own products, that came by complete accident after deciding to go natural for a specific hairstyle and then learning about chemicals, etc after the fact and then it became a lifestyle and still evolving. 


What do you like about it? I love making my own product and feeling independent, like I don't have to buy a million different products that don't work or are mislabeled or chemical ridden.  I like knowing that I can make my own products and know what exactly is in them.  It saves money, has great health benefits,just plain fun, etc.   (Heatlh food stores are so exciting to me,lol) And I just feel guilty when I don't recycle. 


Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I have definately faced challenges.  Figuring out safe ways to preserve my product and figuring out some of the limits of making my own products at home.  Not being able to find a recycle bin (that is frustrating sometimes, LOL) or not being able to be green because of daily responsibilities, etc and fighting the need to consume.  I love shoes!!

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Do what you can, when you can.  It's not always easy, but I like to believe a little goes a long way.  Also don't give up, making your own products can be frustrating and seem expensive at times, but look at it from the long term perspective and keep at it.  Find your balance and make it your own, there's no one way to contribute to your environment.

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? I try not to feel that way, but sometimes you can't be green due to lack of resources (no recycle bin) or your long commute to work, etc.  I will sometimes fuss at my friends/family when they just drop things or throw away things when a recycle/garbage bin is right there or tell them they could make that lotion, cream,etc at home for half the price.  But the fact is we're human and I sometimes forget or just turn the other way and my passions aren't everyone elses, so who am I to judge, right? (that's a hard pill to swallow sometimes, though) 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for about five years. They key things I have learned are moisturize and seal, and don't touch it/comb it once you have set the curl, LOL.   I'm not sure I have mastered my "fly" but I just keep at it and learn as I go.  After five years, I just had to cut off about 2 inches of my hair due to heat and color damage.  Lesson learned and I'm sad to be back where I started over a year ago, but it will grow back. 

Is there anything you like to add? Just be you and forget everyone else and their opinions, because that's what it is, an opinion!

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