Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Green Light- Lence

It's been somewhat of a spiritual awakening says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've ben going to the process of being eco-friendly for about 4 years now.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? What set me on the path of being eco-friendly is when I let my hair return to its natural state. I stay being more conscious of what I put on my scalp, in my body, using non-toxic chemicals to clean with, and organic/vegan foods.

What do you like about it? Being eco-friendly has made me more aware of myself. It's been somewhat of a spiritual awakening. I also like to have fun with it as well. I would say 80% of my clothing is thrifted, so is my furniture, and most of my accessories. My husband gets annoyed because I won't let him throw out any empty jars. This summer I plan to start growing my own fruits and vegetables. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I think my biggest obstacle is the fact that I'm a creature of habit and I don't feel at ease when I travel or eat out. I get a little anxiety because I'm a germaphobe and I always wonder how clean my hotels are and what kind of products were used to sanitize/clean everything. I also feel guilty when I'm eating out and the food isn't organic/GMO.


Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I think starting off slow and finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint is the ultimate goal. Being forgiving of yourself when things are out of your control eco wise.

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 agree being team green can be complex, but I started on that path by taking baby steps. There are times when I accidentally do something non eco-friendly and I have to ease up on myself. My biggest hurdle is helping others out with eco-tips without being perceived as condescending or high maintenance. It's weird that there's this perception of vegans or eco-friendly people being super aggressive and shoving our opinions down people's throats. In my experience I find it quite the opposite, I get mocked or hear snide comments about my food options.

That's actually what kept me from being a vegetarian for the longest time. I just didn't want to deal with the negativity about healthy decisions that only affect me. I think education is key with reading every ingredient, keeping up with new bills that's passed concerning agriculture, having an open platform to be able to discuss with peers, making your own eco-products, and the list goes on.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Thank you! I've been natural for the past 6 years. It is a lot of work. I get discouraged a lot. I continuously am changing my hair products and I spend about an hour a day detangling and styling my hair. It is so worth it.

My biggest advice is honestly eating super healthy, drinking lots of water, and exercise. Comparing your hair journey/length causes resistance to hair growth, everything is energy. It took me a long time to realize that if my hair is acting up, I put it in time out and get it braided.


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