Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Green Light- Sanura



An eco-sista who knows her small act improves the world



How long have you been eco-friendly? Since about 2002, when studying web design in Denmark for a few weeks.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? While living in Denmark, there was an immediate improvement in my health because of less pollution, clean tap water with minerals, dairy, meat without added hormones, the extra time residents spent recycling, and more.

What do you like about it? Knowing my small acts improves the world .0000000000000000000000000001%. I remind myself it adds up.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Of course. Most people around me aren't eco-friendly. I know small improvements improve people's lives and their environment in the long-run, but if people don't immediately see improvements in the short-term, they're not willing to change. Most of my family and friends get mad when I suggest eco-friendly alternatives to their lifestyles, because they're happy with their current choices. It's disappointing, but I understand they feel they're being controlled into changing to an uncomfortable (that can be initially time-consuming) lifestyle.

Such actions communicate our personal comfort is more important than the global environment. If people are unwilling to change their daily habits, then the government needs to develop laws encouraging designers and companies to create products conforming to eco-friendly lifestyles... without people being aware of it. For example, the government could require cosmetic companies to have less packaging, use recycled materials, BPA-free plastic, create containers that can be refilled, and require containers to have another defined purpose after the product is used to avoid using landfills.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Our American culture don't care to be eco-friendly, unless it saves time and/or money. When it comes to cleaning products, people want the same brands their parent's use, regardless of the damage they do to the environment or how unhealthy the fumes are to our bodies (hence the reason for laws forcing companies to change the formulas of their products to make them safe for our environment). Pay attention to your own household and offer suggestions only when people ask for it. Even if someone meaningfully suggests using artificially-scented air sprays--they mean well--say thank you without the eco-friendly lecture. Don't worry, you won't immediately wither and die if someone sprays a halo of room freshener in the air. 

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? All the time. I've stopped feeling guilty, because I'm doing the best I can. It's not like everyone can afford to build a house in the world's least polluted area inside an air bubble with filter air scented with lavender, use solar energy, decorate with recycled/eco-friendly materials, and have advance filtering process for water.  

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I'm assuming we're talking about my hair? I've been natural since graduating from college. Since I work out 3 to 4 days a week, my hair is washed once a week. The new growth is twisted with Aveda's hair gel, and it's moisturized with jojoba oil, lemongrass, a tiny bit of tea tree to control mildew and a little Alba's Un-Petroleum Jelly (lots of heavy moisturizers irritate my complexion, so my moisturizers are light).  

Is there anything you like to add? Need comfort food with a healthy twist? Visit My Life Runs On Food. Thank you, Maggi!

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