Saturday, August 8, 2015

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Green Light- Maria

Be consistent, strong, and firm with your decisions says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly since 2012.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I was having my first child. I wanted to do everything right. Eating healthy, using non-toxic cleaning supplies, and use all natural baby items like diapers, homemade foods, and breastfeeding. 

What do you like about it? It's simple and there's no guess work about the products, materials, or what harm it may cause to the environment or the body.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Having everybody on board with my decisions were the most challenging thing ever. When it came to preparing baby food, my family said I'm doing too much when I could just go to the store and buy it. Cloth diapers were consistently being described to me as nasty and why would I want to touch poop when there are cheaper alternatives. I was asked "are you not financially capable to buy diapers" if so "I can buy you some".

When I decided to eat more organic and plant base, I got picked on because eating organic is a "white thing" and black people eat soul food. All these things were addressed to me as racial categories that because I'm black I'm trying to be something else that's not black. So I ask myself "are my choices making me less black?" Why can't black people decide to eat organic, use cloth diapers, and make their own baby food without negativity?

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? It's a lifestyle and not a spare of the moment thing, so be consistent, strong, and firm with your decisions.

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? Yes, because reality sets in that sometimes it is more expensive to go green. Everything that's 100% natural is like 100% more costly than the regular version. It's cheaper and faster to order from the dollar menu than to go grocery shopping and cook for hours for a family. I do not live in an isolated environment where I can produce everything I need to survive as a human so on a daily I have to give in to the non eco-friendly lifestyle because of my demographics and up bringing.  

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural 3 years and I try to keep it simple with minimum products. Only two products at a time in my hair. I co-wash or water wash. I love whip shea butters and coconut oils. I do egg treatments once a month. I prefer liquid leave in and classic gel. 


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