Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Green Light- Addie

An eco-sista who says patience is a big factor


How long have you been eco-friendly? I have consciously been eco-friendly for about 5 years now. I feel like being raised frugally and in a down-home type of household automatically made me think about where I invested my money as far as consumerism and mass production is concerned. It also made me value home grown food more than fast food. I grew up eating whole foods while supporting local farmers in "country" towns. I picked and shelled peas from my Papa's farm, we purchased greens from our neighbor who had grown them out on his farm, and we always bought watermelons from the guys that had come from a few towns over and set up their stands every week day. I absolutely  loved that lifestyle, and I love when I'm able to support local farmers here in the DFW metroplex too. I became more aware of eco-friendly hygiene and home products as a result of having horrible acne that no over the counter could cure. After I discovered black soap online, my world was changed! I use all natural products for my body and my hair, and I use a lot of natural products to clean my home and clothes. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? After learning about sustainability in college, I chose the eco-friendly lifestyle because it suited my way of life (frugality and local sourcing) and it made the most sense to me. The things we choose to expose our bodies to have such a lasting and strong effect on us and I was keen to that because of sensitive skin issues. I no longer wanted to purposefully harm my body and the earth. The saying goes that "ignorance is bliss", so I guess knowledge is a burden. Luckily being eco-friendly enlightened is not really a burden because there are so many eco-friendly alternatives to the big brands the bombard us and that we think we need to have.

What do you like about it? With every little eco-friendly act or info I share, I honestly feel like I'm saving the world. Captain Planet, if you will. A lot of people honestly don't know the effects of their actions on the earth, so being aware of that and teaching others about it feels great.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Some of the challenges I face with being eco-friendly include paying for the more expensive eco-friendly items and not being able to locate specific items that were created to be specifically good to the environment. For example, I recently tried to find organic dog clothes for my pup. I just haven't found the person that has created them yet. Researching, connecting with, and trying to expose others to different eco-friendly outlets as I learn about them helps to combat these issues, though. Also, taking the time to find or create recipes helps with the "too expensive" issue.

The ingredients for things such as hair and scalp moisturizers can get a little expensive, but I can adjust them so that I pay less over time by creating my own products than buying similar over the counter items.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Patience is a big factor. Be patient with yourself as you un-learn unhealthy habits and as yo transition from brands that do more harm than good to your body and the environment. Also, easiest isn't best. A lot of the things that make our lives convenient do a lot of damage to the environment and to the people that create them, as well as to you as the consumer. Your life will be forever changed if you research videos of people working like slaves to create those cheap boots that you will buy and only wear for one season. But your life will also be so positively impacted and enriched if you research companies that are working to provide fair wages and create products that will last you a long time. You'll feel amazing and especially proud when you purchase the things these companies create. 

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 hypocrite at all. My brand is named Old World New. I want to be able to combine new and old lifestyles to achieve the most sustainable life I can. There are so many old lifestyle habits that the planet could benefit from (i.e. making our own hair products like I said above), but we have to introduce them slowly into our lives. When mass production was created, I'm sure capitalists had their own selfish agenda, but I don't think they knew the amount of havoc their practices would really wreak on the earth. We know better now, so we need to do better. The process to a completely "green" world will be slow and steady. Some of my favorite companies, such as H&M and Target are picking up on the need to be more eco-friendly. They can't dive in head first into it, but they are slowly introducing things such as a recycling program for clothes at H&M and discounts for bringing your own reusable bags to Target. Don't feel bad if you can't magically turn all of your actions into sustainable and eco-friendly ones overnight. Every eco-friendly action you take is a win. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for over 10 years now, after about a 5 year middle school and junior high rebellion where I was convinced to get a perm by family members who didn't want to care for my hair. That mess hurt though! I endured through it until I was about 15, when I couldn't take it anymore. I mean having these chemicals dictate when I could and couldn't scratch my scalp? That was crazy to me, so I began to "transition". I didn't even know what transitioning was back then, I just said "I'm not getting perms anymore!" Currently, I am the most imperfect "natural" HaHa. I HATE combing my hair… I bet that's not what you wanted to hear. I hated combing it when it was permed too. But it is easier to deal with when it is longer curly and so I have vowed again to stop cutting and dyeing it. On my "fly" days I attribute my on point hair to consistently washing on wash day (once a week), keeping my ends clipped, using all natural products (especially almond oil and shea butter), and a good ole' twist out! Also, tending to my hair every night by re-twisting or at least wrapping it in a head scarf maintains my hair throughout the week. All of that keeps my hair moisturized, healthy, happy, and FLY.

Is there anything you like to add? Don't let the daunting act of "going green" scare you. Get on Google and YouTube, decide on an eco-friendly product to try. And one product at at time. Introduce yourself to products that are healthier for you. You will not regret it. I'll be sharing eco-friendly alternative to you favorite big brands on my blog this year, so look out for that. You can find me on Old World New.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Maggi would you like to follow each other
    tweetykel.blogspot.com

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    1. Of course! Are you on Twitter? I'm more active there than any other social media. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. no i am not im thinking about making an account for my blog though.

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    3. followed you on gfc would love it if you could follow back
      tweetykel.blogspot.com

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    4. Cool! Thanks for the follow. Checked out your blog and following back.

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  2. Fabulous feature!!! Patience is definitely the key to establishing an eco-friendly life... I've got a long way to go, but this has inspired me to push forward! :)

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    1. Thank you! It sure is and can be very rewarding. Thanks for stopping by.

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