Monday, April 11, 2011

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Green Light- Marissa

An eco-mama helping to preserve the environment


How long have you been eco-friendly? It is hard for me to say because it has been a gradual process for me. I have been conscious of limiting my footprint since learning about pollution in elementary school, but really changed my outlook on things when I had my children. That was about four years ago.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Like I said having my children inspired me, as did the loss of my mother. She died of cancer two years ago, and I am certain that environmental factors, as well as her diet played a part in it.

What do you like about it? I like that I am, in my small way, helping to preserve the environment so future generations will have a healthy environment to live in.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The challenge I face most is apathy. Not enough people seem to care. I started my blog this past summer, and although I literally begged my friends and family to follow it, most have not. I think people like to remain ignorant because change is difficult.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I think people can start small. One of my best buys was a set of eating utensils made of bamboo that I can carry around in my purse. It is such a novel idea, but it helps eliminate the need for plastic utensils for those days when I need to eat on the run.

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 do. I often battle uncertainty in myself. I am sometimes scared to tell people the truth for fear they will stop listening. I have a lot of information to share, but sometimes am afraid that if I go too hard, people will just tune out.

Additionally, I can also get overwhelmed with life, and need to learn that I can't do it all. For example, I would love to start composting and growing my own food, however it takes more work than I had originally envisioned. I need to start smaller and maybe just aim to grow some herbs, then go from there.
 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural about 2 years, this time. I was natural for a couple of years a while back, but ruined it with too much flat ironing, so I decided to relax it to "save" it. LOL!

This time I try to stay away from the heat, and now that the Youtube hair community has flourished I am learning so much. The first time I went natural there was little information out there. I have given up parabens and now aim to try to use only products that contain ingredients that come from nature. It's hard, but ultimately worth it.

Is there anything you like to add? I am really grateful for this opportunity to be a part of this conversation. I think that the more information we share with one another, the better off we all will be. Also, if you have a chance please check out my blog: http://www.elementtree.blogspot.com/!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks you so much for allowing me to be a part of your blog. It is so important that we support and share with one another. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Aww, thanks for allowing me good luck with your blog take care

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