By Nsi Amah
Representing Bronze Magazine in Austin, Texas last month at Unilever’s “Press Week” was such an empowering and liberating experience this year. I met such beautiful and inspiring women that I had the pleasure of getting to know. These women inspired me in such a way that left a fire in my gut. They motivated me to put my foot forward to better the world and help save the planet in any way possible. This is what Unilever’s conference was all about; saving the earth that we live on and motivating others to do the same.
On day one, the primary focus was building self-esteem to young girls and saving the world from plastic that pollutes the planet daily. The Dove Self-Esteem workshop warmed my heart by giving young girls a chance to speak on what self-esteem and beauty is to them. I wish I had workshops like this as a child to build my self-confidence and self-esteem. Young girls, especially black girls, need this in their lives. The media is constantly throwing different ideals of beauty that don’t serve them. I know what it is like to feel excluded in today’s society. Representation is important today, so that young black girls can feel included, loved and appreciated. The Plastics & The Planet dinner with Unilever NA EVP and COO of Beauty and Personal Care, Esi Eggleston Bracey was super inspirational about saving the planet. Plastic pollutes our waters and streets every day, so it is important to be mindful about it as consumers.
Eggleston Bracey also spoke on the Natural Hair Freedom panel about the Crown Act; as she was very informative about how black women are still discriminated against their natural hair in the workplace. She is working with Dove to pass the Crown Act throughout the United States so women of color can work without worrying about fitting in at the workplace. As black women, hair is so important to us because it gives us freedom and individuality. We are already discriminated against so much in the workplace just by our skin color alone. For us, it’s even harder to climb the corporate latter and this is why we should sign for the Crown Act to participate in this movement. We have to build a pathway for younger black professionals.
On my last day in Austin, we had a luncheon with the Cofounder of Love Beauty and the Planet, Sonika Malhotra. She presented ways in which new products will help preserve and conserve water. We use and waste water on such a day to day basis that we tend to take water for granted. This brand strives to make sure that their bottles are 100 percent recyclable and none of it will be wasted in the long run. It is refreshing to see more and more brands are becoming environmentally aware. Plastic is polluting our waters and killing the animals that live in the water. We have to do something to save the planet and save the animals that live on it.
It is amazing that the brands are listening to their consumers, especially to the younger generation, who are all about saving the planet. People born is Generation Z will only support brands with this mission in mind about the earth. They want to spend money on brands that care about the world just as much as they do. It has to be eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free. This makes me so happy that more brands are considering the future for the earth. Earth is the only planet we live on and we need to take care of it so the planet can take care of us. It is like taking care of our bodies. We have to eat good healthy foods, drink lots of water and get good enough sleep every day to remain healthy for as long as we can. Unilever has shown me that they care and are pushing the agenda to save planet earth. Unilever has lots of people and brands to support them on this journey. This is what I can support and get behind, that as a whole we have to care about our home, Mother Earth.