Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Green Light- Kyana Marie

An eco-sista who loves that she is doing something to help this earth

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been fully on board for about 2 1/2-3 years when I went natural again for the 2nd time. But have slowly made the transition for about 14 years as well as going back and forth with being a vegetarian.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? My choice really grew out of coming from a single parent home of 5 kids and also having foster kids in the home. It made it very difficult for my mother to provide more than the necessities, so in order to ease some of that stress from her, instead of asking her for the newest greatest thing... I always to reinvent myself as a kid and either make my own clothes from hand me downs, to making my own jewelry, and organizational products from recycled materials. 

It wasn't until I got into college that I really even realized what I was doing had a name or that my small step might have an impact on this world. And from there I just began doing my research... it lead me to the way I eat as well... and just when you think you know something you find something else out. My motto has always been: Why buy something new if you have the means to make it from something you already have.

What do you like about it? I love that I am doing something to help this earth and hopefully making my footprint smaller on this world, and I also love that through my jewelry and art pieces that I am really able to open up all of my creative portals and create/see something someone else does't see when they look at for instance: a plastic water bottle.

I love the response I get when people ask me where I get my necklace or earrings and I say I made them... But I love it more when I tell them what it is made from. As far as food goes, I love that I am getting my body healthier with each organic product I purchase and from those farmers markets I am helping the small farmer continue to farm which in-turn helps the earth... its just on giant circle on one simple choice

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yes, there are tons of obstacles... money is a big factor when buying organic or going for the healthier option i.e. rice milk; and then there are always the people around you who don't want to eat the specific ways you do. Or like in LA (when I travel there for work), everyone is usually about their new purse or clothes, be it leather or not. Which again can make you stand out (not in a good way) in the entertainment industry... So this makes choices a challenge, but a challenge non the less. I face it with pride. Mainly because I really enjoy being different and outside of the box. And I have managed to inspire others to do their part as well.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Get creative!!! Enjoy the process, take it one day at a time, and don't beat yourself up for having a backslide. We all stumble it's what you do once you fall down that counts. And always do your research, don't take the first thing you read and run with it.

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? No, I don't allow myself to feel that way because I am comfortable in my human skin. Like I said before we all have setbacks... it is better to try than do nothing at all.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural this time around for 2 1/2- 3 years in March. And you can find out exactly how I keep it so fly and how you can get creative and do your part to be more eco-friendly, on my You Tube and you can keep up with all the things I am doing on Instagram

Is there anything you like to add? This is an awesome blog page and I just thank you for taking the time and interest in me.


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