Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Green Light- Lakita

An eco-sista who says begin making changes where you can easily at first

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have never really used the term eco-friendly to describe myself, but I began my natural hair journey in 2010 at the urging of my hairdresser and that lead to me beginning to look more carefully at the ingredients in my hair and body products and I believe that naturally progressed into me wanting to monitor what I was putting into my body with the foods that I was eating. I had been vegetarian on and off since 2005 and due to health reasons I became a vegan last year. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I think when I began to take a closer look at product ingredients and how food ultimately ends up on my table it was really something that I could no longer ignore. Once I learned more and had the information right in front of me then it was pretty hard for me not to do something about it. I chose to be more eco-friendly because we only get one Earth and there are enough people abusing it already for me not to join in as well… even if in my own small way. 

What do you like about it? It is healthier, less wasteful, money saving, and it just feels really good. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yes.With product ingredients I had to do my research to figure out what was best for me and my eco-friendly journey. With becoming a vegan the biggest obstacle in the beginning was all of the weird changes that my body was going through as a result of cutting out all animal products… no one ever discusses that part. It was also difficult to figure out what I could eat in the beginning and my family and friends were not very supportive. Now that I have been doing it for awhile I don't really make a big deal about the way I eat and I shut down any negative comments by saying "this is my choice, please respect it, and I will respect yours."

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start small! Begin by making changes where you can easily at first and transition little by little with the rest. Be gentle with yourself if/when you make a mistake. Remember this is your journey and no one else's so there is really no right or wrong way to do it. Just get started. If you are interested in becoming vegan then begin by eating that way one day a week like have Meatless Monday's and as it becomes easier then add two days, three days, etc.

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 none of us are perfect and as many changes as we have gone through there are still so many more that can be made. I just try to focus on myself and what I can do and leave the rest of the "guilt" behind. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? My natural hair journey began 6 years ago when I transitioned from a relaxer to being natural and almost two years ago I decided that since I had never done a big chop that it was time for me to do so. Now it is very low maintenance and I pretty much just wash and go.

Is there anything you like to add? Little changes can have a big impact and thank you so much for allowing me to share my journey.


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