Saturday, February 4, 2017

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Green Light- Keisha

It was kind of the natural order of things for this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been making this transition over the last 7 years. I've always been a free thinker of sorts. The girl who people considered a little strange. For as long as I can remember, I've wondered why more people didn't seem to care about the earth and the animals that inhabit it. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? For me it was kind of the natural order of things. I became vegetarian in 1996 then once I became vegan 5 years ago my mindset completely changed. I wanted to live in the most natural, holistic way that I could. The amount of chemicals found in everything from food to beauty products was just no longer acceptable for me. 

What do you like about it? I love knowing that I'm doing the right thing for my body and at the same time I'm doing my part to preserve Mother Earth for future generations. I also enjoy supporting brands that have similar beliefs. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest challenge has been finding eco-friendly green beauty products that flatter deeper skin tones. As a woman of color it's disheartening to know that we spend the most amount of money but have the least representation. I am campaigning to change that. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would say to him or her just do it! But, you don't have to go broke trying to transition into an eco-friendly lifestyle. Making your own natural products is a great way to start. Also, make sure you repurpose jars, containers, and anything you can while doing this.

For beauty items I suggest starting with a product that you use often then work your way down to the items that are used less frequently.

In the home start recycling and pick up some reusable shopping bags. If you're budgeting try reusing cardboard boxes for your grocery items. Most health food stores will give you a discount for doing so.

There are infinite ways to start the key is to start!

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 don't feel like a hypocrite at all. I believe most people are discouraged by change in general. The fear of the unknown if you will. I'm a firm believer in doing my part and I believe that if everyone took this same approach towards living green we could make a major impact. Maybe everyone is not willing to live a completely green lifestyle. However, what if every person was willing to do his or her part regardless of how big or small. All these people doing big and small parts collectively would be amazing. At least that's what I believe. 😊

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I returned to natural in 2006 since then I've chopped several times. I decided to loc my hair in 2011 and I haven't regretted it!

For my natural hair texture moisture is vital. I ensure that my locs are moisturized through water and sometimes water mixed with a light oil. Next, I seal the moisture in with a sealant such as Jamaican Black Castor oil or Jojoba oil.

Healthy eating is also important for healthy hair and scalp. I avoid processed foods, sugars, and fried foods. 

Is there anything you like to add? First, thank you Maggi for this wonderful series and for including me. I'm truly humbled to be included with such a beautiful eco-minded group of sisters.

Next, to anyone considering a green lifestyle please don't be discouraged. This is a journey filled with learning experiences. The great thing is the benefits far outweigh any of the struggles or challenges you will face. If interested you can follow my journey at KeishaAdinkra

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