Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Green Light- Jasmine

An "Aha" moment lead this eco-sista to an eco-friendly lifestyle

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

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It started with the term GMO. Genetically modified organisms are something I was completely unaware of until the non-GMO label started appearing on packages of food. I had an "Aha" moment. Through research, I learned many of the foods and products we use are a result of some pretty harmful processes that could compromise our health. From there, I began being very selective about what foods and products I allow in and on my body. I've also been a recycler since I was young.

What do you like about it? I like the fact that most of the products I use come naturally from the earth and would have no problems being absorbed back into it. It's good to know that I am doing my part to leave a nice, green planet for those that will come after me.  

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest obstacle I faced was access to environmentally friendly products. Most times, I have to go out of my way to find them and I didn't always have the time to do so. Many times I end up buying what is available but I am still mindful of being environmentally friendly. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would say be diligent with it. The smallest things like re-using plastic bags, recycling, opting for more eco-friendly products are just habits that we need to develop over time. It took time to instill our bad habits, so naturally reversing them will take time as well. Just keep at 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? Of course! Sometimes the environment in which we live prevents us from being 100% green. It's just the nature of our society. The thing to remember is that small changes are effective. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Ha! Thanks lady! I've been perm-free for about ten years but I've been completely natural for about one year. I was inspired by my co-worker Ijeoma, aka Klassy Kinks, to do a big chop in November of 2014. Since then, I've been on a strict coconut oil and Shea Moisture regimen. No paraben, sulfates, or that gook they put in other products but I do sometimes use Luster's Pink Oil because I was raised on it and it's so hard to say goodbye to.

I play around with twist outs and bantu knot outs and normally just let it rock in the same style for the week. I wear a bonnet at night and I dab coconut oil on my hair and scalp daily.

Is there anything you like to add? Sure! I have a wellness blog titled JunkFit. I post inspirational fitness, nutrition, beauty, and spirituality articles. All of the posts are with women of color in mind but the term JUNKFIT is something that applies to all women. It's okay to have junk in the trunk but let's keep it fit. Check it out!


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