Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Green Light- Kami

 Being eco-friendly makes this eco-sista feel better

How long have you been eco-friendly? Pretty much when I was born, LOL. I was raised to be eco-friendly. My mom is an environmental engineer, and always tried to buy organic, natural food. She would stock the fridge with fresh fruits and preferred making dessert, instead of buying processed foods. She was also big on recycling as well, so throwing away plastic bottles and cardboard was a big no-no for my family. Even now, living on my own, I hate putting recyclable in the trash.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Well, since I've always been eco-friendly, it's just ingrained in me at this point. I have stayed eco-friendly because I physically and mentally feel better. When I was in college, I was living the typical college lifestyle- eating junk food, not being active, and taking care of myself. I was very sluggish, I gained a little bit of weight, and I got sick more often. When I graduated, I went back to what I knew and felt so much better. 

What do you like about it? Being eco-friendly just makes me feel better. I am healthier, my skin is clearer, I feel lighter, I have more energy, and I am more positive.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Not really, because I've been doing it so long, it has never really been challenging for me. I also don't force anything. If I see a more natural alternative, I will try it, and if it doesn't work, then I just don't stress about it. Deodorant is a good example of this. I would like to use a more natural version, but I won't search high and low for it. If there's a brand that's recommended to me, I will try it. If it doesn't work, I just go back to Dove.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start slow. You don't have to overhaul and change your life all at once. Start buying your fruits and veggies from a farmer's market. Drink from a reusable water bottle. Moisturize your hair with aloe vera juice instead of a commercial hair product. The little things will add up.

Also, be creative. I've found a lot of great, natural replacements by just thinking outside of the box and researching. I write about them on my blog FroBunni. I use cacao powder as my foundation. I use honey as a primer and to keep my face from getting oily. I use baking soda as my face wash. I make a natural hair gel with gaur gum powder. The list goes on and on. If you can think it, trust me you can make 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? Not really, I just don't judge anyone for their choices. My lifestyle works for me. It may not work for everyone, and that's ok. Being happy with myself and my choices are all that matters.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Ha Ha! I've been natural for almost 6 years now (6 years in July). It definitely wasn't easy at first, but I got used to it. My natural hair regimen is very consistent, and most of my products have been in my regimen for awhile now. I love Giovanni hair products. They're really great and have natural ingredients. I also like using "kitchen" products. Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Aloe Vera Juice are staples in my regimen as well.

Is there anything you like to add? Make sure your happiness is your top priority. I love being eco-friendly, but sometimes, it just doesn't work out. I went through trying natural moisturizers and lotions, and all of them left my skin dry and itchy. I eventually went back to Aveeno, and I couldn't be happier.

Everyone is an individual, and everything doesn't work for anyone. So don't feel bad if you find that a natural alternative doesn't work for you. That's ok! Just make sure you're happy and feel good.