Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Green Light- Whitney


An eco-sista who enjoys making an effort




How long have you been eco-friendly? As long as I can remember! I was brought up to recycle and re-use, so it's just something I've always done.


Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I try my best to recycle, use re-usable grocery bags and water containers, and purchase eco-friendly cleaning supplies when I can afford them. Of course, there's always more that you can do, but I do my best with what I've got. I chose to be more eco-friendly because well, why not!? It's good for the environment and reduces waste, it just seems like the logical thing to do. I don't have to go out of my way to recycle or fill my water bottle, so to me, it just seemed like a waste not to.


What do you like about it? Mmm, well, there's not really anything in particular that I like about it. I'm just throwing my plastic jar in a bag to be recycled instead of the trash can, so there's really no immediate reward that I can pin-point. But I do enjoy knowing that I am at least making an effort to help the environment and reduce waste.


Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest obstacle for me was getting over not having 100% sanitized counter tops. I'm a germ-FREAK and I used to buy the little wipes that you can toss out as soon as you've used them so I didn't have to use nasty sponges that were filled with bacteria. I also used to use a lot of anti-bacterial sprays and cleaners that were filled with tons of chemicals just for the reassurance that every thing was sanitized.

So getting rid of those items was mentally challenging to me. But I know it's good to have some germs in the home to build your immune system, so I decided that it would not only be good for me but the environment as well, if I went back to sponges to reduce the waste of throwing those wipes in the trash. I started purchasing all-natural cleaners (they aren't anti-bacterial) to clean my counter tops as well. They're safer for our bodies because we're not breathing in all those toxins, and are getting some bacteria left on the counter tops to "challenge" our immune systems. They're also better for the environment because they don't release toxins in the water system when they're flushed/drained.



Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Sure! It's super simple! If you want to be more eco-friendly, just try and reduce your waste! In my home, we recycle more than we throw out in the trash! All you need to do is have one bag for plastics, one for paper, and one for glass. Throughout the week, instead of throwing things in the trashcan when you're through with it, rinse it out and put it in its designated bag! So Simple!

If you want to reduce the amount of plastic you use, buy re-usable water bottles and grocery bags (they're extremely cheap and a lot of grocery stores give you a discount on your groceries as gratitude for using them).

I don't kill myself to be eco-friendly, and I know there are so many more things I could do to be better at it. But the point is that you don't have to kill yourself or inconvenience yourself to be more eco-conscious. It's as simple as throwing a container in the recycling bin instead of the trash can.



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? Mmm, well I know I could do more, but I don't ever feel like a hypocrite because I do what I can and that's enough to me. As long as I'm making an effort to help, I don't feel bad. We can't all be perfect all the time; it's important to find balance in your life in everything that you do, otherwise you end up stressing yourself out over every little thing. As long as the effort has been made, I can sleep at night.



You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Lol, thanks! I've been natural for 3 years now! I like to keep my regimen simple, using only what I need to keep it healthy, protected, and growing. I like to experiment, but I also try not to put too much emphasis on my hair. Honestly, as long as it's not tangled, I'm good to go, Lol!



Is there anything you like to add? Thank you so much for the feature!

You can check out my hair tutorials and lifestyle videos at http://www.youtube.com/naptural85 and http://youtube.com/dearnaptural85

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