Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Green Light- Ce'Lene

There's no definitive guide says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? For most of my adult life, I've tried to make environmentally friendly choices, including opting for public transportation, recycling, composting, reducing my consumption of meat, etc... In the last year or so, I've learned so much more abut the disconnect between humans and their trash and I've resolved to be more intentional about reducing my footprint. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I came across this TED Talk video of Lauren Singer about why she lives a zero waste lifestyle. She has only produced a mason jar's worth of trash in 3 years! In this video, she mentioned a fact that blew my mind. The average person in the U.S. creates 4.3 pounds of trash every day. Watching this video sparked a slight obsession with researching which really opened my eyes to how much I alone impact the earth. So, I decided to learn about plastic-free and zero wasted living and I've been working to slowly reduce my household waste ever since. 

What do you like about it? I like using zero waste techniques because I feel like I'm making a huge difference by reducing my household waste. I also love to share what I'm learning with my family and friends on my blog Brown Girl Green Life. I also really love having more control over what I put in or on my body. I have always struggled with sensitive skin and a sensitive tummy, so using all natural (sometimes DIY) beauty products and eating less processed, pre-packaged food has made a difference in how I feel on a daily basis. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Well, the hardest part has been making the habit switch and always being prepared. In order to stop using plastic water bottles for example, I need to always have my Kleen Kanteen water bottle with me. And I often forget to bring my stainless steel tupperware in case my partner and I eat at a restaurant and I want to take home the leftovers, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. In order to make the transition smoother, I'm currently working on changing one habit at a time because trying to make a bunch of changes at once is far too overwhelming. I'm finding this method works much better for me. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? First, I want to say that it's okay to take your time when transitioning to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Also, stay curious and do your research. I'm always on the hunt for new recipes for making my products at home or new ways to reduce my waste. There's no definitive guide so it's important to do your research and try what works best for you and your routine. Remember, you don't have to do it all. 

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 empathize with feeling like a hypocrite, but I try not to let myself think like that. You will also have people in your life who try and make you feel guilty that you're not doing enough or that you're ridiculous for making eco-friendly lifestyle changes. Always remember that you can only do what you can and that even the smallest thing helps. It's all love!

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've gone through many phases with my hair. I relaxed my hair for a few years when I was in high school but it changed my curls and damaged my hair over time. I eventually gave that up but continued to straighten my hair for a few years. In the last seven years or so, I've learned how to style my hair in it's natural curly state (diffusers are magic) and I've found that my hair really love oil. Coconut oil in particular. I'm still working on finding more all-natural ways to care for my hair though. It's definitely a process!

Is there anything you like to add? Yes! Three things:
1. The decision to go eco-friendly comes from a place of love, so it's important to remember that when attempting to educate others about the importance of green living. Say all things in love and you'll have more successes than not.

2. Please check out my blog, Brown Girl Green Life for more wellness and green living tips from yours truly. 

3. Lastly, a big thank you to Maggi for the opportunity to share my story on CluelessCurl. 

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