Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Green Light- Tonye

An eco-sista who says it more than just recycling. It's a lifestyle!

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly for about 4 years now. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I chose to be eco-friendly once I started to change my eating habits and learned more about food justice. I found that eating a healthier diet means not only caring about where your food comes from but how it's processed and sourced and all of these things have some sort of impact on the environment whether it better soil quality, water usage, or the use of pesticides. 

What do you like about it? What I like about being eco-friendly is that it's more than just recycling. It's truly a lifestyle. Being eco-friendly encompasses how you interact with animals, how you interact with the environment around you, and how you manage your own well being. I also love that you can do little things to be eco-friendly. Shopping organic, using recyclable bags at the grocery store, buying body products that don't have plastic beads.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? My initial challenges was myself. I thought to be eco-friendly I had to have all this money so I could plant gardens at home and buy all this green stuff but I've learned now that living an eco-friendly life is optimal for someone like myself who enjoys DIY projects. You can literally make anything you'll need and re-purpose so many things.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? My tips would be to start in your home. Start by figuring our areas in your home life that you can change like turning off the lights at night, maybe planting a small herb plant in your window, or making your own plant hangers instead of buying plastic ones. From there it becomes much easier, but start small. 

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 don't feel like a green hypocrite at any point because as you said doing something is better than doing nothing at all. I do find that there are a lot of "green police" on social media that try and dictate what going green should look like or the "right" way to do it. I feel like once you have an understanding of the kind of impact just a small change can make and you are doing it within a space that allows you to be consistent, I commend that.  

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for about 6 years now I'm in the process of growing out a big chop but I'm indecisive. What I love about being natural is that I can switch it up at any point. I'll be doing some faux locs next!

Is there anything you like to add? I have some awesome and easy tips for DIY projects as well as some simple delicious recipes for anyone who is into health and wellness over on my blog Healthy U Campaign. I also love feedback and new ideas for what people are interested in so check that out. As for being eco-friendly, I have a post on bokashi composting that you can do in your apartment. 


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