Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Green Light- Lontier

An eco-sista who likes being intentional

How long have you been eco-friendly? Recycling and repurposing things have pretty much always been a part of my life in some capacity, but I'd say I really became focused on eco-friendly practices about 4 years ago.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Being on Twitter has exposed me to people I wouldn't have direct contact with otherwise, and at the time there were some really dope ladies sharing their knowledge regularly about natural living. I started taking notes and it sparked my desire to become more conscious about what I was putting on my body. After converting to eco-friendly/natural products, Pandora's box was pretty much opened and I began doing research about food production and its effects on our bodies and the environment.  

During the course of this journey I've found that I've been developing a stronger connection to the environment, so now reducing waste and living a more sustainable lifestyle are topics that interest me these days.

What do you like about it? I like being intentional when it comes to selecting the food and products that come into my home. I no longer blindly purchase things without being aware of the contents and possible health risks associated. It's a good feeling to know that not only am I taking steps towards improving my health, but I'm also making an effort to decrease harm done towards the planet. I also like being able to share the info I learn with my family, friends, and blog readers.  

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? For me the most difficult part about becoming eco-friendly is making sure I don't get stressed out by all the info that's out there. Once you start doing the research to become more informed, it's easy to get freaked out by the things you come across. I just try to keep everything in perspective and make changes when I'm ready to. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start small. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to make tons of drastic changes all at once. That's a recipe for failure. As you make small changes here and there, you'll eventually look up one day and notice that your lifestyle has evolved towards a more eco-friendly one. Another tip is to seek out a community of like-minded individuals, whether it be in person or online. The community will serve as a great resource to learn from and help keep you motivated when you want to fall back into old habits.

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 acknowledge there's always room for improvement and some days are better than others, but I don't beat myself up about it or think I'm a hypocrite. My goal isn't perfection. I just want to make as many sustainable changes as possible given my options. I focus on what's feasible to accomplish at the present moment and remind myself that the culmination of my efforts do truly make a difference. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've never had a relaxer, so I've been natural all my life. I'm all about low maintenance when it comes to my hair and have learned over time to love its uniqueness, which means frizz and all. Over the last year, I've become obsessed with head wraps so that's been a great way to express my creativity and keep it fly, even on days when I'm not really feeling my hair. I'm also not afraid to try new things. For example, last month I got tired of having long hair (which happens pretty often) and I cut it myself. It was such a freeing experience and I was super happy with the results.

Is there anything you like to add? I blog about holistic wellness at Youthfully Grown and I'm a contributor for TheHolBox. You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Lovely!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! I love your blog and think you and your blog are the perfect "nominee". The rules of the Award is on my blog:
    Thanks a lot!