Saturday, July 9, 2011

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Green Light- Afya

An eco-sista following in the footsteps of our ancestors



How long have you been eco-friendly? I’ve been eco friendly for over 20 years. As a young teen I was into the environment and recycling. I went to college to be an engineer in the hope of one day becoming an environmental engineer. Even though I did not finish my degree in engineering I did finish in nutrition.


Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? For my health, the health of my family and the health of the planet. Eating organically, recycling, growing my own food, using environmentally friendly cleaning and body products, being a vegetarian and abstaining from any form of medication is just natural for me. Loving the earth and my body is ancient and I’m just following in the footsteps of my ancestors.


What do you like about it? I love knowing that every choice I make actually makes a difference. When I was younger I had ideals of this fact but now I can see how choosing to be healthy and live organically has really mattered in my health and the health of my family. I feel young and vibrant even though I’m in my 30’s.


Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Battling the world’s view of how things should be is the biggest challenge. With all of the media and commercials pushing poor quality foods, chemicals, drugs and unhealthy lifestyles it’s sometimes hard to combat these ideas within my own family.


Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start with one thing that you are motivated to do. Whether it’s becoming a vegetarian, recycling, growing your own food or just using eco friendly cleaning and body products, just get started. Then take things day by day. Once you begin to see a difference you will be motivated to do more.


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? There is definitely no “right” way. There are some many facets of going green that a person can get into. Really just start with whatever interests you most. Someone may feel moved to go to the gulf and help with the clean up of the oil spills while another person may just start turning off their lights when leaving the room. It all matters!!


You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I’ve been a vegetarian for 21 years and have been into the environment for longer than that. I honestly have to say that hip hop helps me to keep it so fly. Hip Hop allows you to express yourself in any way you choose and make it funky! I incorporate the ideology of hip hop into everything I do which allows me to relate to people of all ages. I also study and appreciate ancient cultures. Kemetic, Indian, Asian, Indigenous (Native American) and various African cultures have such beautiful clothes, traditions and practices. They are all motivating.


Is there anything you like to add? Thanks for the opportunity and if you get a chance, please check out my website http://www.nattral.com/!!


 Love,
Afya



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