Monday, August 26, 2013

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Green Light- Breanna

An eco sista who has learned more and is committed to do more

How long have you been eco-friendly? To be honest, I don't really know if one could be completely "eco-friendly" unless you live in the forest and use toilet paper as leaves. For most people living in suburban or urban environments, we all subject the environment to some kind of stress. The most, at least I can do, is be aware of my impact and do my best to reduce as much as possible. When I was around 9, I started learning about animal testing and environmental pollution and destruction caused by man.

It sparked a change to do what I could do at that age to not contribute. I started using less electricity, preferred to walk, avoided to my best ability, commercial products that used animal testing and even went vegetarian. 

So since then I've been eco-conscious, and as I've gotten older I've learned more and am committed to do more.

Why did you choose to bee eco-friendly? I chose to be eco-friendly because I have only one life, body, and planet. Being eco-friendly isn't restricted to just the outside environment. The environment extends to each person internally as well. I care about what I put in and on my body because that makes a statement. I'm not willingly going to consume some GMO fed, hormone injected, beaten, and inhumanely killed animal that lived their whole lives in a factory..which uses more resources than the same plot used for farming. I'm not going to support some industry that has no regard for their actions on the planet. Everything on this earth connects. This earth is being destroyed because we are exploiting it, instead of loving it like God intended us to do.

What do you like about it? I like that because I take action, and care for what goes on in this world, I am one less person that will accept a lifestyle that inflicts suffering upon others. I like the knowledge I have about where our food comes from and the shocking looks I encounter when I explain to them about what really goes on. I like that my mindset is beyond the dense wants on frivolous desires that knowingly and intentionally disregard the welfare of the environment, body, and other living behinds.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Oh, definitely I had challenges to overcome. A notable one to mention were people in my own family. Considering that I'm only a high school senior and still rely on my parents, I can't always get what I prefer. My mother had been a vegetarian for years (now a pescetarian) and supported my choices. However, in a heavily southern influenced black family, meat is a dietary staple. My dad has even remarked that my dietary habits are "weird" and "abnormal" and given me obvious signs of disapproval. I love my dad, but it still hurts. It's also harder to relate to my peers who know practically nothing about what went on to create genetically modified lunch on their plate, or the L'Oreal shampoo that they used that morning. Some people don't understand and others may just not care enough to understand. It can be frustrating.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Know why you're doing it and do it for yourself and others. Do the research. Take the time. Gain the knowledge you need that will carry you to be an eco-friendly and eco-conscious person. When you do, any criticism faced won't even be a challenge. It's important to know why you're doing something so that you have the strength, commitment, and determination to never stop.

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? I have been in situations where guilt eats me up when I'm not living up to the full potential that I'm capable of. It kills me that I drive to school in a gasoline chugging machine. And paying the oil companies that suck the earth and overprice the public. I feel like I could try harder, such as starting a club or group, or cut more products out of my life. It can be hard to live up to my full capabilities! A few weeks ago, I missed out on the opportunity to participate in the March Against Monsanto (heaven knows how much I would have loved to go!), but I was afraid of unfamiliarity and the distance was far away.

I can't keep beating myself over what I'm not doing. It's a lifestyle that takes years to live up to. I've made changes that most people my age would never consider, so that's a feat in itself. As of now, I'm just working on one day at a time.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Shoot, I don't even know if the word fly can even relate to my hair right now! My last relaxer was either my freshman or sophomore year of high school. I really can't remember. I still have a problem with heat, but I've decided to be serious in my hair growth journey and treat my hair better. I'm prone to dryness, thinning, and breakage otherwise. I've restricted straightening to twice a month, massage, wear protective styles, and moisturize religiously. My mom really encouraged me to go natural and reduce heat. Despite the fact that she uses relaxers, her hair is down to her mid back and looks healthy because of her low manipulation hair styles and good product choices. Relaxers just don't work for me, so I'm not even going to touch that stuff anymore! Plus, my curls are fun and I should embrace what I have.

Is there anything you like to add? I'm just glad to be a part of this blog! I enjoy ranting about a subject I feel strongly about. I'm also ecstatic that there's a natural blog out there that is attuned to the body and environment. I will definitely be keeping tabs on what more you have to post. Thank you for allowing me to take part!


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