Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Green Light- Nicole

An eco-sista who likes the feeling of being in control and the knowledge of power

How long have you been eco-friendly? I started becoming more conscious of my impact on the environment and it's effects on me around 2010 (after the birth of my daughter).

Why did you choose to bee eco-friendly? I went through a totally transformative period (ending a relationship, relocating, career change, dietary changes, spiritual rebirth of sorts, etc) and this "shift" just began to naturally occur. I stopped relaxing my hair, I stopped using many conventional personal care products in favor of my own creations, and I became vegetarian, now shifting to veganism. One of the biggest factors was safety for me and my family. After a lot of research, I felt that our safety and long term health (or the health of the planet) were not worth the risks and associated with chemically laden foods, hair and beauty products, etc. 

What do you like about it? Feeling in control and powerful knowing that I can find ways to step away from the norm and do something good and health conscious for myself and my family...and for others that are watching and looking to me for inspiration. I love knowing that I'm giving my daughter a firm foundation and setting an example of how to be healthy and to care about our bodies and the planet. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yes, finding ways (and the time) to add versatility. Often, doing things the eco-conscious/eco-friendly way is a little time consuming than popping something in the microwave or opening a can of something for diner and with having a full-time career, running a business, and parenting. Those constraints can be frustrating. Also, being that I live in a smaller southern city, there are not very health conscious vegetarian/vegan restaurants to choose from on those days that I'd like to pick up a meal instead of cooking. In addition, when traveling it's a challenge to find healthy places to eat. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? It's a process and lifestyle change and it takes time to unlearn old behaviors that may not have been eco-friendly. Be patient with yourself and celebrate the small stuff like eating more fruits/veggies with your meal than normal, etc. 

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? Yes, especially when it comes to recycling. It's something that I want to become consistent with, but I'm not there yet.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? My last relaxer was Novenber 2009 and I big chopped for the first time in May 2010. I'm still learning what my hair likes and it's a process and journey in itself. I use products from my line (Purgasm Shop) to maintain moisture (that's a huge part of having healthy hair) and play with different styles. Honestly, because my daughter has lots of hair, many days I wear my hair in wraps. Wraps are a staple for me!

Is there anything you like to add? It's great to see so many stories of women who are living consciously! Please check out the Purgasm Shop product line for all natural hair & beauty care products. We're on Instagram & Facebook as well.

Have a great day! 


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