It has been such a long time since I wrote anything on the blog and I feel guilty because that was not supposed to happen, but you know how life can get sometimes. We get so busy that we forget about our passions and love. But here I am, and I will let you in on what has been going on so far. Are we ready for some fun and action? I know I am…
Now, over the course of the week I was invited for a forum on climate change and it was quite enlightening. Before we get into the topic, I’ll just give a small recap as to how it all started.
I got a call during the other week and I was excited to be chosen as an Ambassador for the climate change talks. It was going to be held in Naivasha and I was so ready for a girls’ trip. I mean if it was going to give me a break from the hustle and bustle of the BIG city, then I was game for it. Lollipop, my friend was the one who put me up for the challenge.
I had already packed my stuff by Friday, because I knew what I was going to wear for the duration of the days I was going to be there, so I was ready to go. Monday was not getting here soon enough. I mean, skip the weekend already. We want the new week to start.
By Monday, I went to Lollipop’s office and waited for the trip to begin. It was the shortest road trip because it was a maximum of two hours and we were there early enough. I was super excited to be a part of delegates who are looking into the environment and making the world a better place. Where would we be without people who cared about the environment?
We woke up on Tuesday morning ready to begin the day and very eager at that. I had no idea that the environment was going through so much, in terms of destruction. Honestly speaking, I wouldn’t want to be relocated to Planet Mars just because of our carelessness. The environment needs to be taken care of appropriately. It is so sad to see what human beings are doing to destroy it. What will we leave to our children? We are supposed to be the epitome of hope, but it appears our joy is in destroying the world.
Here is the thing…
One would ask why Afromapenzi is involved in climate change talks. It is about the environment and hair really does not seem to be in that space. Besides hair is just hair. Right? No, my friends. We need to educate ourselves when it comes to matters environment and about what we use on our hairs and skin. Still don’t think that is important? Stay tuned for more.
There is a question I forgot to ask you when I started this blog. Why Did You Go Natural? Why did you choose to use products that are skin and hair friendly? I mean there are cheaper options out here that can still do the same job of cleansing and keeping skin moisturized.
When I decided to go natural, there was no looking back. I wanted a healthier option of taking care of my skin and hair. Period. The products that we have been using since time immemorial are just full of bad ingredients. Going natural means avoiding all those products that have ingredients that will harm our skin and hair because guess what? These things are absorbed into our skins and cause harmful effects to us.
The products used nowadays are paraben free, silicone free, mineral oil free, sulphate free and so on.
All these things that I have mentioned are terrible, not only for our hair and skin, but also for the environment. Parabens are chemicals used to preserve shelf life of products, that is why you find products that have longer expiration dates, unlike natural ones that must be used within a certain amount of time (3 to 6 months maximum). Now, parabens affect the environment because they are introduced into the sewage system when flushed out, and that affects the sea life. Parabens will get into contact with the body of the animals and can cause death. The harmful parabens to watch out for in products are the following: – methylparaben, ethyl paraben, propylparaben, butylparaben and heptyl paraben.
Did you also know that as human beings we can bring such parabens to the environment, especially by using perfumes, air fresheners, body lotions etc. These body and toilet products that we use can cause the ozone layer to thin out. The ozone layer is the earth’s stratosphere and it absorbs ultra violet rays that are harmful to us.
Mineral oil on the other hand is a product of petroleum, and it is also used because it is cheaper than natural products. It is mostly found in hair products. Mineral oil causes pollution. Period. It is not biodegradable, hence making it dangerous for the environment. Now, during extraction of petroleum, the process can contaminate ground water, can also be harmful to wildlife and it can also cause toxic waste in the environment. We need to find safer and more convenient ways of dealing with petroleum as it can destroy the environment.
Whenever we take care of our hair and skin, we tend to look at the ingredients in a product before purchase. Right? This is because we do not want to harm our skin in any way because we understand the effect these substances have on it. The same way we care for our skin and hair is the same way the environment needs a lot of tender, loving, care. Where would we be without this environment, the green around us? We should not let human activity take charge, because mother nature deserves a whole lot of love.