Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Green Light- Cassandra

An eco-sista who's a firm believer that every little bit helps

How long have you been eco-friendly? I think apart of me has always been subconsciously cognizant of being eco-friendly. For example, trying not to litter and preferring to use paper over plastic. However, over the last couple of years, I have made more conscious efforts in actually purchasing eco-friendly products such as septic safe toilet paper, eco-friendly paper towels, energy saving light bulbs, and recycled items. When the weather permits, I'll walk or ride a bike. I also try to use my own bags when going grocery shopping to avoid having to use the plastic bags that are sometimes the only options at grocery stores. I'm very big on keeping the lights turned off when not in that particular room and not leaving water running for too long. 

Why did you choose to bee eco-friendly? My grandmother always told us growing up, "this world is not our own, we are just borrowing it for a season." Therefore, I believe we need to preserve it for future generations to come. God created a master piece, we should not ruin it with carelessness.

What do you like about it? It makes me feel like I'm making a contribution to this world. I'm a firm believer that every little bit helps, no matter how big or small. And I personally prefer to breathe in clean air, it smells better, feels better and is better for you! :) It also teaches my son to care about the earth, and contribute toward its preservation for future generations to come.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I would consider this more of an inconvenience, then a challenge, but not having my personal grocery bags when I'm going to the store. However, when I'm forced to use the bags the grocer store has, I do not throw them away, I recycle them! I use them as thrash bags at home for the bathroom and/or bedrooms, etc.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start small and work your way up. For instance, stop littering and turn lights off in your home when not in that particular room. Do your research on ways that contribute toward maintaing a eco-friendly environment and adopt some ways that you feel are obtainable for yourself.

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 know exactly what you mean! Going "green" has so many complex dynamics to it, yet all lead to the same common goal: preserving the earth. I have felt this way many times. Yet I believe if we can all just focus on doing our part as individuals and share the knowledge, then it's better than doing nothing at all. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for 3.5 years. I try to stick to my personal routines and regiments in terms of caring for my hair, such as keeping up with wash days, protective styling, and keeping my ends trimmed. It can be a chore, but I also feel blessed to have my crown of glory so I embrace the challenge. I know if I want my hair to be healthy, then I need to healthy on the inside first. So, I drink plenty of water, eat clean, and exercise regularly.

Is there anything you like to add? I appreciate you giving me this platform to share my thoughts and experiences. I do not have a blog as of yet, but can be found on Instagram: c fitmichelle08 and Facebook: Cassandra Austin. Be well!  


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