Saturday, February 1, 2014

  |  No comments  |  

Green Light- Airie

An eco-sista who is extremely passionate about the environment

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly since 2009 when I first started to recycle. Then in college I took a great class called Environmental Criminology. This class did not only inspire me to want to get into that field and make a difference, but it opened my eyes to so much more that is happening everyday and so many people are unaware of how pollution affects them. Once I started making small changes in my life it made me want to change many other things such as refraining from relaxing my hair as well as being gluten free and trying to eat only whole foods. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I first chose to recycle because it seemed like the obvious thing to do. All I had to do was place the recyclables on the curb. It was as simple as that. From an academic standpoint I felt like I needed to inform as many people as possible about the health hazards that exist in our county after learning what I did in school.

What do you like about it? I like that I can help reduce my carbon footprint with something as simple as recycling my household trash. I also feel extremely passionate about environmental criminology because if more people fought for more stringent pollution laws things would be a lot different in the United States. We have the ability to make change happen, but like I said a lot of people are unaware of what is even happening. Even if you did not want to get involved on that level, just doing small things is all that matters.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Anytime I went to family functions or to my parents house it drove me crazy to see how much plastic they were throwing in the trash. I started collecting it and bringing it back to my house, but I knew that would not be enough because I was not telling them why it was important to do. Informing people about what actually happens when they combine all their trash into one bag and send it off to the local dump is easy. They usually are shocked to find out how that small of a contribution to can affect so many people.

Being gluten free has been a challenge all within itself. It's very hard to find foods that have not been cross contaminated, that have no artificial additives, and that have been refined as little as possible. I came to the conclusion that it would be safer and better for my overall health if I stuck to eating whole foods. This is not something that many people would consider doing when thinking about being eco-friendly, but we are living in a time where more and more people are becoming concerned with GMO's, preservatives, and artificial additives.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? You don't have to become an activist to be eco-friendly. You can make small changes within your life that will add up over the course of a year. There are so many areas in which you could do this from the food packaging you buy, starting a compost pile, separating your thrash, or even using naturally derived cleaning products. A great way to get started is to take your plastic bags back up to your local grocery store. They will recycle them for you!

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 don't feel that way because I am trying. That's all we can ask of anyone. It's like working out. Even if you only do it for 15 minutes it's better than not doing it 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 for 2 full years. My last relaxer was in 2011 and I transitioned for 3 months with roller sets. I try to keep it simple when it comes to my hair. I love wearing different styles, but I feel like anytime I am forcing my hair to do something it does not to do I am losing. I love wash and go's and twist outs right now. As it gets longer I try more cute simple up do's.

Is there anything you like to add? Being natural is an easy way to be eco-friendly. You can make your own hair products in reusable containers (which is always fun), but you can also use all natural or certified organic products. Being healthy starts from the inside out and once you start with one thing it will motivate you in other areas of your life. The only advice I have which translates to all aspects of being eco-friendly is read your labels on everything and learn the common wording that companies will use to confuse the consumer.


Post a Comment