Friday, March 11, 2016

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Green Light- J. Nicole

An eco-sista who is more in tune with what she allows in her space.

How long have you been eco-friendly? I think growing up in NYC you're always aware of recycling, but you never really had a name for it. Our culture is generally eco-friendly, reusing and repurposing almost everything. But it's been about 5 years. I went completely vegan around the same time. I paid more attention to not only what went into my body but what I was putting out into the atmosphere.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It seemed to just be a natural progression. Again, going vegan helped. It made me pay attention to the products I'd put on my skin, hair and even what I'd use around the house. The world itself has so much pollution that I just want to minimize what I encounter on a daily basis. 

What do you like about it? I like that I'm more in tune to what I allow in my space. I like that I'm doing my part, no matter how small it may seem to help the environment.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacles(s)? I wouldn't say the challenges are "big" as in I'm thinking about it daily but it is frustrating if there's a product or service I want to use and it can be damaging to the environment. Seeing an awesome makeup product but they test on animals and long term use can be harmful. So that can be a small struggle. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Recycle! It's and easy way to get started. You can always visit Earth 911 (I'm not affiliated with them) to find out all you need to know about recycling in your area. Also, always keep a little fabric bag in your purse in case you're about to go shopping. That way you don't have to use/waste any plastic bags.

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? Sometimes, but only for a millisecond. LOL. I'm someone that's totally ok with my contradictions because I'm always still learning.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I think it's been about 4 years since I had a perm. I didn't get my first one until I was in high school and always knew it wasn't something I'd do forever. Growing up in the 80's seeing natural textures on black women was normal and that always stuck with me. I do have some bad habits I'm trying to get over like falling asleep without a scarf or twisting at night. I don't have a specific regimen. 

I use products by Alikay Naturals Creme Brûlée and Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil the latter I rub into my scalp which I find keeps moisture. I co-wash a lot and use Karen's Body Beautiful as a leave in. I subscribe to Cocotique, a monthly subscription box with makeup and hair products curated for black women so I use whatever shampoo and conditioner samples they send me.

Is there anything you like to add? Being eco-friendly shouldn't be seen as a secondary lifestyle change. It really should be included in our every day activities. Something as small as bringing your own reusable bag to the grocery store helps. Ultimately, you want to be able to step out, breathe in fresh air wherever you go. 



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