Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Green Light- Jamila

It's a unique way of life says this eco-sista


How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been consciously eco-friendly since October of last year, so just about 8 months. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I did so because a friend sent me a link to an article written about well known zero waste blogger Laren Singer's philosophy behind her actions. I found it super inspiring and knew that I could do the same. Every little action counts! 

What do you like about it? I like knowing that along with my vegan lifestyle, I am causing as little harm to the Earth as possible. It's a very unique way of life that allows me to live minimally and simply. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Oh, the challenges I face. Sometimes it's difficult to understand what's recyclable. I can get a little obsessive of sending anything to the landfill and being social while trying to avoid plastic feels almost impossible. But I know these things will improve with time.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would advise everyone to do their research. There is so much to learn about environmental issues and that knowledge will encourage anyone to practice sustainable living. Check out some eco-bloggers (I even have a Zero Waste Guide on my blog; shameless plug!) or YouTubers who are more experienced so you'll know what steps to take in the process.

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 totally feel you on that. It's pretty much that I'm aware that I'd be causing some environmental damage either way, even if I am re-using items and rarely throwing away garbage. Sometimes, I feel like there's no point in what I'm doing because things will never change but that is not a reason to quit. As difficult and inconvenient it may be, living green is absolutely necessary and DOES make changes.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Well, I've been natural since 2010! I started out with an oh-so beautiful fro but was too lazy to keep it up so I locked up in November 2013 (6 months after I went vegan actually) and never looked back. I love my locs but I literally do nothing to them. I just let it do what it wants since I'm free forming, wash it once a week, and moisturize my scalp with coconut oil. Super simple!

Is there anything you like to add? Why, yes I would! I always like to take the time to urge people to "be the change they want to see in the world". The world changes with your example, not your opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. "The world changes with your example, not your opinion". Great quote ;-)

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