Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Green Light- Jasmine and Derek

An eco-couple standing up to become better stewards of our planet

How long have you been eco-friendly?
Beatoftravel: We have been eco friendly in some ways for a very long time, and we still need wok in some other areas. As an intern in college, Derek worked with with an environmental advocacy group called the Gulf Restoration Network to promote awareness of issues facing the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans.

About 5 years ago we chose to become vegetarians, in the last two years we have chosen to indulge in fish. Being a vegetarian you tread a bit more lightly than pescatarians. This is somewhere where we could improve and become better stewards of our planet.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly?
Beatoftravel: We both grew up in South West Florida where new construction and business seem to be of greater importance to people than the natural environment. When you become surrounded by concrete plazas, new malls, high-rise hotels, and widening highways moving into delicate ecosystems you are forced with the choice to either embrace the destruction in the name of unfettered capitalism, or to stand up for the environment and do your part to promote conservation.

What do you like about it?
Beatoftravel: We have stayed very healthy in comparison to our peers who don't seem to be as concerned with eating low on the food chain. Having a deep appreciation for the environment branches out and enhances other aspects of our lives. Whether we are selecting organically grown fruits and veggies or taking a hike in a national park being environmentally aware creates a richer experience.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)?
Beatoftravel: We sometimes find vegetarian cooking to be very uninspiring. Recycling is an issue sometimes, we do not always go out of our way to find a recycling receptacle when we are on the go. It is also difficult to find ways to travel without burning a ton of fossil fuels.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly?
Beatoftravel: First and foremost use common sense, do your research, and embrace what is most important to you.  Many people like to dive to heavily into new lifestyles and they tend to quickly overwhelm themselves. Look for people who are already working on big issues and find a way that you can help make a difference.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There’s really no “right” way it’s basically trying to do something rather than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes?
Beatoftravel: We are hypocrites all the time. I guess the more you educate yourself the more you realize you could be doing a better job living sustainably.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Jasmine: I have been natural for just over two years now! It has been a bit of trial and error, but I really get a lot of informed knowledge from BGLH. My routine is fairly simple and involves lots of shea butter now. Moisture and patience.

Is there anything you like to add? Yeah,  check out our blog! BeatofTravel


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