Thursday, May 28, 2015


Green Light- Tracey

An eco-sista who says small changes can make a difference

How long have you been eco-friendly? I really started to become more eco-friendly about 5 years ago when I traveled to a city (Portland, Oregon) that really takes environmental concerns seriously.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly?  When I came back from that trip, I brought home a sense that I could be doing better for the environment; making better food choices; living more gently on the earth.

What do you like about it? I feel like I am making a difference, even with the small thing that I do on a daily basis, whether it's recycling, composting, or making mindful choices to eat sustainable foods.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? A particular challenge for us is gardening. We really want to grow our own food, but we live in a desert environment, so saving water is a huge concern. A challenge for us is being able to grow our food without wasting water. We have an aquaponics garden which is a self-contained system that recycles water through a fish pond and into grow-beds that contain several types of vegetables. We are constantly tweaking the system in order to reduce evaporation and water waste.

We also have several spots in our yard where we grow food conventionally. To keep from using too much water, we started using a traditional watering system- olla pots which are unglazed clay pots buried beneath the soil. We fill the pots and they slowly deliver water to the pots and the slowly deliver water to the roots of the plants, preventing excess evaporation. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would say do the very best you can where you are and know that even small changes can make a difference. Stat small- if your community supports recycling, start that way.

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? Absolutely. I live in a city where I have to drive my very large car about 10 miles to work every day. Our public transit system is not feasible for my commute, so I definitely feel like my carbon footprint is so high because of this. Making food choices is also complex. I love pork, but I have recently become aware of the issues surrounding large scale pork production. Slowly but surely, I'm navigating how to eat meats that are sustainably and ethically produced. That's difficult in a place that doesn't have much local agriculture. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have had my hair loc'd since September 11, 2001, so that's almost 15 years. I feel like it's not very fly right now because I'm always pulling it back in a ponytail, which is causing my edges to thin. I think I need a good haircut to take some weight off of it and to force me to wear it loose more often. I use natural oils like coconut oil and shea butter on my hair, which keeps it hydrated in the dry desert air.

Is there anything you like to add? I just want to say thank you for this wonderful opportunity. It's great to meet other women of color who are like minded about eco-friendly choices!


  1. This is so great, Maggie! Thank you so much for the feature, Maggi!

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for taking the time.