Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Green Light- Ibi

An eco-sista who enjoys a life that is more connected with nature

How long have you been eco-friendly? My outlook has been environmentally friendly ever since we were taught at primary school to care for the world that we live in by throwing away litter correctly and recycling things. I became a vegetarian at the age of 13, although in the last 6 years that has changed to include fish. I mostly wear 2nd hand or vintage clothes, firstly because I love old things, and secondly I hate waste and the idea that clothes only have a limited shelf-life. Although I strive to be eco-friendly in all aspects of life, it's difficult to be 100% eco-friendly in everything that we do. For instance some of the clothes, food, or products that we buy. Each day is a challenge at finding better ways to do things that won't have a negative impact on others or the environment.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? For me it wasn't so much a choice, more a way of life that has been instilled in me through teachings of empathy from my mother. When you are able to empathize with things you become more sensitive to the impact that your actions may be having. So for me I don't want my actions to have negative consequences.

What do you like about it? Well for me personally, I enjoy a life that is more connected with nature. I enjoy the health benefits of making choices that will benefit not only myself but the planet. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The main obstacles I find are that society is not designed to make eco-friendly living easier. A lot of it can feel like a chore because you have to go to extra lengths to do it. I lived in Sweden which have environmental policies built into the fabric of society, in the UK it's not really like that so it can be a struggle.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Just start with what you can do on a basic level, recycling packaging is a good way to start. Our health is directly related to the environment we habit.

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? Yes, I can understand that, but really if you are at least trying then that has to count for something.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for 18 years, so since I was 15 and had a bit of a disaster with a relaxer. As for keeping it fly, I like to make my own natural haircare products which keep me hair in good health and easier to manage.

Is there anything you like to add? I run a blog called Hey Natural Beauties! Where I share a lot of natural hair and skincare advice and information, so for anyone that wants to reduce the impact that their beauty practices have on their health and the environment it might be of use.


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