Friday, March 1, 2013

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Green Light- Kala

An eco-sista who says that she likes how the awareness has spread to other areas of her life

How long have you been eco-friendly? I'm not sure if there is an exact time I can say I became eco-friendly. I grew up in a very conscious environment in Southern California so I've always been aware of all living things and how my actions effected the world around me.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I saw the cause and effect. My curiosity led to research (documentaries, movies, and articles) about the human effects on the earth. I wanted to be a part of the solution not the problem.

What do you like about it? I like that the awareness spreads to other areas of my life. Being eco-friendly makes you more aware of how your actions affect change. I think today's society promotes selfishness. Reality TV and most TV shows desensitize us to believe that it's "all about us". I embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle because it helps to keep me accountable in all areas of my life.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The most recent challenge was moving from California to Michigan. I had to figure out how to recycle. In California there are machines and stations at almost every grocery store parking lot. In Michigan recycling centers are far and few between, and even when you find one 80% of the cans and bottles are not accepted. I figured out that you can bring the cans or bottles back to the facility you purchased the product to redeem. I'm still unsure how much of that gets recycled.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Be aware. It's a mindset and it's a built habit. Make one small change (get glassware instead of plastic-ware for your lunches) and that will move into other areas. As your awareness grows you'll find opportunities to be more selfless and leave less waste.

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? No, I embrace that I can only do so much. I felt overwhelmed after researching at first. Even now I'll read an article about the mass collecting in the Pacific Ocean and wonder if anyone else sees our waste moving in to take us over.  Or see how hunters insist on driving a species to extinction throwing entire eco-systems off. We have to learn to accept what we can and cannot do and just keep pressing forward, because stopping is not an option.

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 12 years. It wasn't always peach! I'm still learning but have successfully transitioned from heat damage and am loving my curls! I wash my hair and deep condition weekly. Check out my channel to learn more! The KG Lifestyle

Is there anything you like to add? Be BLESSED!


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