Saturday, January 28, 2017

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Green Light- Kristie

Sometimes you are the village says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been focusing on being eco-friendly with the earth for about 4 years now. It was a natural progression after preferring to not to eat or cook with meat. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I believe in personal responsibility. There is a thought process that it takes a village, but sometimes you are the village. Sometimes you can't wait on everyone else so that responsibilities will be distributed equally. You will just have to do your job and everyone else's for the greater end goal.

What do you like about it? It's a new/old legacy I am starting to build/reactivate for generations after me. At one point people didn't need an eco-friendly or healthy movement, but now we do. It keeps me on my toes because I am always looking to be better in this area of my life. This also really pushed me with supporting local businesses and farmers. The more I stay local the better for the environment. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Doing too much at once and trying to DIY everything. Trying to buy all the seemingly cool things that the internet will tell you that you need to be the perfect Green Living Person. I had to step back and take it one day at a time. Also, trying to have a pro-black business mindset in a space where we aren't creating enough products. I want to buy eco-friendly products when needed from my people, but it is hard to find them.

Researching can also be difficult. Everyone has an opinion on what eco-friendly means. Without the right resources, you can get overwhelmed. This has become a trend and big business, so you don't want to get lost in the sauce. Getting others to join in is difficult as well. I promote, but I don't push anymore. It can be exhausting hearing the excuses.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Don't punish yourself for forgetting your water bottle. I know it sucks to buy a plastic one, but chill out. Remember no one keeps up any habit that they start to loath.

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? Recently, I viewed the movie Fences and the trashcans stuck out. They were small and not plastic. Why? People wanted more and still do but as time has progressed the access to more has as well. Sometimes, do I see a leather purse and want it? Of course. Like the concept of minimalism being eco-friendly is far greater than you wants though.

I have learned to take it one day at at time and do what I can within my means. It's ok if I forget my water bottle sometimes because this process won't work if you constantly beat yourself up. This process is supposed to make me a better person so that I teach my future children.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for 10 years. It's hard for me to consider my hair fly. Mostly because while I know I am a Beautiful Bomb Black Woman, I am not concerned with my hair. I have had a short/medium fro forever. At first it bothered me because within the Natural Hair Movement there is a stereotype of a woman with long locs that blow in the wind without any care. Yes, even in a movement that was meant to free black women at times can be a reminder of those days "old days".

I started out like most girls. I got the Just For Me perm like clock work and then got burned more than twice sitting in a chair next to a hot comb on the stove from the 1600's. I have always been the difficult child within my siblings. First, I came out of the womb as a non-meat eater. Second, I hated makeup. Third, I wanted natural hair. Natural hair was a rebellion but also I am not into beautifying myself.

I hated the upkeep of weaves and straight hair. I wanted a fro so bad because I found it beautiful and it looked easy (Oh, did I learn!). I have become better at getting trimmed and trying one new style beyond my fro. If it takes more than 10 minutes it doesn't work for me. Currently, I have gel twists, so I use a mix of castor and coconut oil. When I am in my default fro, I stay true to TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer & Alikay Naturals Wake Me Up Curl Refresher.

I switch out to freshen up my hair throughout the day with OYIN Juices & Berries or OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Oil Mist. Since I am a "lazy natural", I invested in a silk bonnet and pillowcase because braiding my hair up every night isn't going down. 

Is there anything you like to add? This journey has become easier as I have gotten older. When I was 24 or 25 I was just figuring out what I wanted to be remembered for. Now at 28 I am more familiar with myself and I have become better at my eco-friendly life. I use to not eat meat because I hated the taste, but now I am much more aware and supportive of our treatment of animals and how we can do better. When I started being more consistent in other areas of my life the eco-friendly areas followed. This year my goal is to start focusing on minimalism. 

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