Saturday, July 2, 2011

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Green Light- Evelyn

                              

  An eco-sista who says earth is beautiful and wants it to last



How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been conscious of environmental preservation since high school, but I was not actively living sustainably until I moved out on my own in college.  So I'd say about 4-5 years.  Ironically, it coincides with when I "went natural."  I definitely think there is a link (for some people) between going natural with one's hair and one's life.


Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I choose to be eco-friendly because this earth is beautiful and I want it to last.  I care about the animals and organisms of the earth, and of course I care about human life which is directly linked to the environment.


What do you like about it? What I like about environmental sustainability is that I'm making a difference.  When I recycle and buy natural and organic foods I feel like I'm taking steps to preserve the environment.  I think that efforts like these also show that we don't need to waste so much energy and so many resources to have things.  There is an eco-friendly way to have all of the things we currently have. Although it does require sacrifices that many people are not willing to make.


Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? It is definitely challenging to live in a sustainable way.  Our society is not set up in an environmentally conscious way.  It takes effort to recycle, buy whole foods, and use less energy.  It's not easy.  Most people are very busy with all of their required obligations like childcare and work so being sustainable is sometimes a task.  I think our society has a long way to go as far as creating a sustainable social structure.


Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? My advice would be to start off small and build.  Recycling was the only thing that I did for years.  Now, over time, I've begun to compost food, buy whole foods and natural/organic products, use a clothesline, and buy fuel-efficient cars.  I would not suggest trying to transform your life in one day or even one week.  You do not have anything to prove to anyone.  Do what works for you and what is convenient for now and then build on it.  Every little bit helps.


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? Absolutely. I do not buy ALL organic or natural foods and products, I prefer to drive than bike or use public transportation, and sometimes I'm careless with energy usage.  No one is perfect.   Like I said, our society is not conducive to environmental preservation so it takes work and sometimes, even the most dedicated of us, slack.


You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for about 5 years now.  Only in the last year and a half have I begun to learn my hair and how to take care of it.  Since then it feels and looks healthy, it has doubled in length, and it continues to grow at a steady pace. I'm so grateful for youtube, hair blogs, and books on black hair that have been great guides.  I keep my hair FLY (lol) by nurturing it and paying attention to how it responds to certain products.  


Is there anything you like to add? Thank you Maggi for featuring me and I think you have a fantastic blog!  Please stop by and see me at Le Salon Des Naturelles! ;)

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