An eco-sista doing her best to walk with intention
How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly for a little over 6 years. I'm still fairly new to the game and I'm learning everyday. There's so much information out there to digest. I'm taking my journey one day at a time and doing my best to walk with intention while doing so.
Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Honestly, the eco-friendly lifestyle chose me by way of veganism. I was vegetarian for 20+ years and when I decided to go vegan it was almost like I was Alice In Wonderland...the hole just got deeper! The connection between the two is synonymous. I'm still finding my way and doing what I can to support the movement by doing proper research, promoting the vegan lifestyle, and supporting eco-friendly brands.
What do you like about it? Everything! I know that by being eco-friendly, I'm doing my part to ensure a better planet for my Sun. It just feels good to be a part of something based on love...that's what it's all about right?
Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? My family is my biggest obstacle. Being ridiculed and questioned about my lifestyle can be a bit draining. But, I understand this way of life can seem foreign to some (especially in our community). To date, my biggest challenge is dealing with the negativity that surrounds my choice to raise my Sun vegan. But I've never been one to back down from a challenge (that's how I became a vegetarian at 11 years old), so I take it on with a smile and do my best to educate those with any questions or doubts about just how dope being eco-friendly can be.
Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? The best suggestion I can give is to do research. I can tell anyone to go vegan or to stop wearing fur but to most that means nothing unless they have cold hard facts. I'm a firm believer of, "If you know better, you do better". Once people have the information, it's hard to do the latter, you become accountable and with accountability comes wiser choices.
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? Of course! There's so much involved in this movement, so I often find myself feeling that way. But then I remember I still have a lot to learn and that I have to be kind to myself and not become so consumed with it all, as not to become ridged. It's all about doing my best and that comes with mistakes and tons of questions along the way.
You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been a natural girl as long as I can remember. Hot combs were definitely a part of my childhood. I've had long and short hair throughout my 37 years. I've been locked for 8 years and I'm planning on shaving my head this summer to start all over again!!! I'm super excited (I just hope my Sun will recognize me)!