Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Green Light- Marie

An eco-sista who says being eco-friendly makes her feel authentic

How long have you been eco-friendly? I'm more conscious about the way I use my resources my whole life but I really didn't set things into practice until I got on my own (which was when I was 18 years old). 

My parent's weren't eco-friendly but as most say, when in Rome, do as the Romans. That's exactly what I did. My parents still aren't eco-friendly, but I've been rubbing off on them.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? At first, it was just a choice to save money. Everyone knows to turn off your lights or not letting your water run, because of the cost saving factors.

It got really deep once I started showing more concern for my body. I really started to care what products I put on my body and into my body.

When my kids came along, all hell broke loose in my mind. I started to care about everything. Children put life into perspective (for most people) and once my life was put int perspective I started to look into my social responsibility to my children and this world.

That's how it began...

What do you like about it? I love the way it makes me feel authentic. I am eco-friendly because I want to be, not because it's a fad or something like that. My value in the earth shows through my everyday practices and is a reflection of me.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Cost is a factor to me at times. I have two small children and sometimes, in order for the greater good of their lives, I feel like I have to skimp on eco-friendly products because of price so the can have the things they want/need.

Luckily, I've really taken a likening to the Melaleuca brand, which is a eco-friendly brand and very cost effective for the value!

Another challenge is my busy lifestyle. Sometimes it's easier and quicker to not be eco-friendly. It's a constant battle for me and I find myself telling myself to SLOW DOWN and do things that really matter AND that I care about!

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Make the switch for yourself. Not because of external factors swaying you. Do your research and see whats important to you. Once you have a better understanding of the benefits to not only the earth, but to your body, it's easier to make a decision!

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? Uhhhhhhh, like all the time! Like I referenced earlier, because of my busy day-to-day lifestyle, it's easier to not be eco-friendly.

I don't let it take over my mental though. I do what I can and I don't beat myself up over small mistakes! I'm in it for the long haul so my contributions over my life span will be more than the occasional mishap I may make from time to time!

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Awww, thank you for saying so. I've been natural going on two years now and I LOVE it! I've refrained from all the extra stress on my hair (super tight braids, chemicals, and pulling my hair into super tight ponytails). Letting the wind blow through my hair has been the most exhilarating experience EVER!