Monday, January 12, 2015

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Green Light- Mary

An eco-sista who takes pride in making or purchasing products that works both ways

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly since motherhood, so almost five years now. My holistic skin care business, Loving Culture LLC is also eco-friendly, sustainable, and biodegradable. My husband, son, and I have been vegetarian for almost two years now. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly?  Health and the concern over the effects of consumer waste. I chose to be eco-friendly and toxic free because I became consumed with optimal health after our son was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies and sensory processing disorder. I began researching the chemicals often found in popular consumer based products and was shock and appalled at what I had discovered. We try to avoid bioaccumulatives, volatile organic compounds, organophosphates to the best of our abilities. I also become more conscious of how our consumption influences the environment. It is all interconnected. If it is toxic for us, chances are it is toxic for our environment. As much as some may not want to admit it, but we are all affected by each other. 

What do you like about it? I like knowing that I am not harming my son, husband, and my body as well as our eco-system. Our skin is our largest organ and is subjected to a series of toxins on a daily basis. I take pride in making or purchasing products that work both ways; preserve health and nature. Also, being vegetarian is incredibly eco-friendly. It helps to cut down the byproduct of animals which is one of the top contributions to environmental waste. This love for health has also led me to go back to school and is the reason why I am currently in the process of completing the Master's program at Teacher's College, Columbia University for Health Education and expected to begin the Doctoral program this year. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest challenge is the amount of eco-friendly products available. I am very fortunate for stores such as Sustainable NYC located in the East Village, which sells only eco-friendly, sustainable products. I think there should be a bigger push for people to create businesses that focus on better ethics and product standards.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start small; baby steps. Do your research. Reading informative material will enhance your ability to identify what is toxic and what is not. Do your best and stay positive. It shouldn't be stressful. Life is about balance, don't try to be perfect. 

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? Definitely not. It's not about perfection, it is about being perfectly content with who you are and if I am truly making an effort there is no reason to feel this way. If you use a product that is not really green or natural don't beat yourself up For example, I use M.A.C. cosmetics and though they may not contain parabens or mineral oil there are other chemicals that may not necessarily be the best, so I do a weekly facial detox and I do a full body detox twice a year.

In general, I don't believe in negative self talk. It creates adverse effects on not only the mind but the body as well. Just work with what you have and where you are and branch out from there. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for almost 3 years now. I honestly live by wash and go's, buns, and blow outs. These are my go to styles because I can do them with ease. I use minimal product. I simply use my Tresemme conditioner, my Loving Culture hair growth oil, and sometimes my Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Gel which is naturally derived and biodegradable.

Is there anything you like to add? Believe that you are awesome and live life fully! Don't be afraid to be cultureshocking!


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