It is my responsibility says this eco-sista
How long have you been eco-friendly? I began my transition around 6-7 years ago while living with a cousin from Los Angeles. She did things that inspired me and anytime I asked questions about her lifestyle she didn't bash me for asking. My sons and I went to visit her when she lived in Los Angeles and it was so easy to be green and eat better food there. I never forgot that feeling and how my children embraced that lifestyle. A few years later I was fortunate to work with a friend of mine at the time who helped me completely transition my lifestyle. Tierra Goes Green helped educate me on why it's important to pay attention to not only what I put inside of my body, but what is in my space. This starting point led me to do more research on my own during my journey to becoming vegan while being more conscious about what was my home and around me.
Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It is my responsibility. When I saw how much I wasted and how much I could save by caring about what I was doing I began to feel responsible for my environmental footprint.
What do you like about it? I love how much easier it is for me after a few years of being green and how my children have embraced this lifestyle. When my youngest points out better choices and he asks for certain things that are eco-friendly so that lets me know that I am doing something right.
Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? My biggest challenge was feeling pressured to get my family to accept my changes. Honestly, I had to accept the fact that I was making these changes and it was up to me to just be an example. I am from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and my upbringing wasn't taught this way of living. I am slowly showing my family there and in my own home that small changes make a huge difference. Once I got over this and having to feel like I had something to prove it came natural to me. You don't want to force this just like you don't want to force becoming vegan or vegetarian.
Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Do your own research! It's nice for someone to post a meme on social media and you decide not to use that product nor buy from that company again, but you have to know WHY. Your why can't be because your favorite person on Twitter or Instagram said so (this includes me). Look it up! Read more about it. Write how you feel about it and then you make the change.
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 I do! I just began transitioning into a minimalistic lifestyle and this is a part of being green. I am learning what I can do without and sometimes I have an internal battle with myself over what I really want. I am learning how to make better choices and I am okay with not having it all figured out right now. Imagine someone living in a 7 bedroom home saying that they want to live in a tiny home that's as big as one of the rooms... Yeah! that's me now. LOL, but this is a conflict with the lifestyle I have been used to over the past few years. I am also thinking about what I drive (I love my Audi truck) and how that effects the environment too. It's hard but knowing that my intentions are good and that I share my journey with others helps me understand what I want and why. I am doing it my way.
You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural over a year now and I did it for myself as well as in memory of my late grandmother. She was so beautiful with her buzz hair cut while going through chemotherapy for Breast Cancer and I told myself that once I got the courage I would do that myself. I love seeing my hairstylist Taura from "The Nappy Parlor" who has been a source of inspiration since I cut my hair. I just let my hair be without trying to tame it or do too much to it. The only thing I will use in my hair at home is coconut oil, rosewater, castor oil along with a few products from Design Essentials. I wash my hair with Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap or the Almond & Avocado shampoo. I don't do a lot to my hair and Taura really helps me maintain my curls.
Is there anything you like to add? This transition to becoming green was a journey I took while growing through life. I am not the same Dawn I was 6 years ago and I am happy about that. I knew I wanted to do and be better, but didn't know where to start. When I cared about what I ate then I wondered about where the food came from. When I cared about where the food came from then I worried about what products I was using in my home.I have learned so much during this journey and I love sharing it with people like you. I can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.