Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Green Light- Priscilla

An eco-sista who says each step to being eco-friendly has it's own impact

How long have you been eco-friendly? As I was born and raised abroad, my parents instilled in my siblings and me a certain sense of eco-awareness/friendliness. Living in countries where you never knew when the lights would go out, you never wasted the fruits of your generator. If you weren't in a room, the lights were switched off, the water was never left running unless you were actually using it (e.g., turn tap off while brushing teeth and turn on to rinse vs. leaving on the whole time), foods were naturally grown and we always gave to charity rather than throwing out clothes or usable items.

In America, where the opportunity for waste was far greater, we tried to maintain our eco-consciousness and added recycling to our routine. But, for me it truly became personal (as opposed to something my parents taught us to do) when I decided "to go natural" in May 2013. I am currently transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and switching to a healthier, natural diet. That has spurred me into taking a closer look at how I treat my hair, my body and the environment I'm in.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Aside from having an initial eco-awareness as a child, it really started (for me) recently with my hair. After an adverse reaction to chemical relaxers, I began to pay attention to what ingredients went into my hair. That led to research as to what foods went into my body and eventually to careful review of what products I use in my daily life to improve overall health

What do you like about it? I like that it sometimes challenges you to be creative. For example, I rarely discard containers anymore. I can generally come up with a way to repurpose an item for a different use- it just takes a bit of thought and planning.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? My biggest challenge was limited fiscal resources for trial and error, I spent a lot of money trying to find the right hair products, only to find that the product I thought was free of harmful ingredients happened to contain one under a different name (I'm currently in the process of figuring out how to make my own hair products). Plus, having the discipline to stay away from unnecessary processed snacks is challenging. I still stumble on that front from time to time.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start out with one thing at a time. You don't have to jump in all at once. Everyone has to learn how to crawl before they can walk, and walk before they can run. But each step has it's own impact, which leads to something bigger that makes an even larger impact.

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? Oh I definitely do at times, especially being a perfectionist! But then I just have to remind myself to take "baby steps" and that each little step matters. For instance, instead of reaching for a processed snack, reach for a fruit or veggie snack (insert creativity here!). One way I try to combat this urge is by joining a co-op to receive weekly boxes of fruit and vegetables from local farmers in my area. I challenge myself to come up with healthy recipes from the ingredients in those boxes each week.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Well, I don't know about FLY, ha ha! But it's kind of you to say so. I've been transitioning since May 4, 2013 so that's a little over 13 months. Since my hair has reached the point where the line of demarcation causes styling challenges, I resort to protective styles such as crochet braids, ponytails, and buns.

Is there anything you like to add? Thank you so much for reaching out to me to help spread the word on eco-friendliness! Going natural is definitely something I felt that I owed to myself and being eco-friendly is something I felt that I owed to Mother Nature. As my mother likes to say, "If you take care of the Earth, She will take care of you. But beware a woman's wrath if you neglect her!" :-)

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Peace, Love, and Live Life Full


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