Friday, March 18, 2016

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Green Light- Ruby

An eco-sista who says once you have an awareness change will be easier

How long have you been eco-friendly? It's interesting because I don't really consider myself "eco-friendly". I have never used that term to describe myself, but I have always had an appreciation for the beauty of nature and the environment. I think that the first time that I really realized the importance of taking care of the environment was probably in middle school. I had a science teacher who was very outdoorsy and we would walk throughout the woods during class time and explore the natural environment surrounding the school. It was really fun. We had a school garden as well, and that was really one of my first exposures to gardening. That's probably where the seed was planted, so to speak.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? During my medical and public health training, I began to learn about the impact of chemicals (such as endocrine disrupting chemicals and pesticides) on human health. When I had children, I really became more mindful of my use of plastics and what type of foods I was putting into my body and their bodies. Ensuring my children are healthy and have minimal exposures to the toxic chemicals on the planet is really what inspires me to live this type of lifestyle.

What do you like about it? I like that it's healthier! I like that it is something that is good for me and my family, and also good for the planet!

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest challenge I think is that it's not always convenient and it's easy to fall back into old ways. I mean plastic is everywhere! On the positive side, I think society and consumers are becoming more mindful and aware, so environmentally friendly products and foods are becoming easier and easier to find.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would say, just pick one small thing to start with. It may start by making sure you buy any fruits or veggies that are on the Dirty Dozen list (the top 12 fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide) organic. It may start with making sure all the plastic you use is BPA free or buying a glass water bottle to drink out of during the day. Just start with one small thing and build from there.

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, every time I drink out of a plastic bottle. But, you know at least I'm aware of the risks and the hazards and I know it's something I need to change. Once you have an awareness, then making the change is easier. I think you just have to do the best you can at any given moment and stop striving for perfectionism.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for almost my entire life. I had a perm for about 4 years during high school but I went back natural in college and I've been that way ever since. I just keep it simple with my locks. I retwist every few weeks and just try to keep my scalp moisturized. I keep it low maintenance.

Is there anything you like to add? Thank you so much for featuring me!


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