Saturday, August 6, 2011

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Green Light- Charish

An eco-sista who says if you know better, then do better

How long have you been eco-friendly? I guess I've tried my best to be a friend of the Earth since I was a kid. I told my mother that we needed to recycle our trash and save dolphins. I think she found me to be a bizarre child.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I was just talking to my husband, Noah, about this the other day. He was telling me about a book he found that said, in so many words, “This is it. We don't have another chance on another planet.” Earth is an extremely special and unique place. It's luck of the draw or divine blessing that we all ended up here. With that said, it's our responsibility not to screw it up.

What do you like about it? I like the feeling of trying. When you're trying, it means you're conscious of the choices you make. It means you're still aware. “Am I really going to leave this light on while I leave the house?” Do I really need to drive to the coffee shop when I can walk?” “I just had Mongolian Barbeque for breakfast, Brazilian Barbeque for lunch, is it really necessary to have lamb gyros for dinner?” I have to admit, I don't really run into that last issue all too often, but it's nice to quickly reevaluate things in your life before you do them.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yeah, well, I sometimes try all my might and still end up getting the lamb gyro. I shop locally when I can, I recycle my beer bottles, I walk, reuse things to make cute DIY crafts, and just to annoy my sister, (who believes I'm a straight up hippy) I hug a tree and thank it for its bounty. But there is still room to slip up. Sometimes I can get lazy and buy deodorant that has aluminum in it. I'm going to try to make my own some day. I swear.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you have to give yourself a break sometimes. You're not going to behave like Captain Planet every day. But do have the balls to confront yourself with the old adage: “If you know better, then do better!”

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Take it slow. You can find frustration easily when you pile ambitious stuff on your plate. Find one thing around your house that needs your attention. You got a ton of those plastic shopping bags piling up in the pantry closet? Gather them up and take them to a local grocery store for recycling. Then buy a few reusable bags at that same grocery store. Leave them in your car and there you go; global warming crisis averted. Did I make that sound too easy? Start small and it will be.

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? At the risk of repeating myself, I have to reiterate: Think small. Start using hand driers instead of paper towels in public restrooms. We're all running around here being hypocrites. I will get on my soapbox and tell my husband, “We need to do something about this ozone! What are the people in Washington doing about POLLUTION?!” Of course, this is while I'm on my third cigarette, waving it around in the air, choking baby birds up in a tree that I had hugged earlier in the day. My advice is not to get climb too high on that soapbox. The fall down is going to be painful and you'll end up disappointing yourself.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I'm glad you asked! I've been natural for most of my life, with a few boxed relaxers sprinkled here and there. But my maintenance was really faulty during those natural periods. I wore extremely tight ponytails, shampooed often without regard for conditioner, and I used a lot of heat.

My absolute last relaxer was a year ago after a BC. That's when I started from scratch. When I'm able to wear an afro, I do. I shampoo about once a month. I two-strand twist occasionally to give my hair some “breathing room.” To me, being natural now means having the freedom not to fuss with my hair so much.

Is there anything you like to add? I'd like to thank you for considering me for this discussion and also let readers know that it's not enough to be eco-friendly anymore. Human-friendly, above all else, is necessary to keep the earth up and going.

One of my Human-friendly concerns is to make sure labor around the world, is properly regulated. Whether work is done by men, women, or (hopefully not by) children, I hope that those workers aren't being exploited. That goes for the citizens for this country too. I'm concerned for the welfare of women and children who can't defend themselves. I'm concerned about corporations not giving us the choice to live healthy lives.

I know that's a lot of concerns, but they are equally important in the great scheme of things. I hope these are issues that co-author Evelyn and I address on our blog:Le Salon Des Naturelles.

1 comment:

  1. "My advice is not to get climb too high on that soapbox. The fall down is going to be painful and you'll end up disappointing yourself." Word! Love this!