Earth Week Day 5: Zero Waste Podcast Interview with Beyond the Story

Happy Earth Week!  “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Earth Week Day Five Interview With Ally Canales from Beyond the Story I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a fellow Be Zero Ambassador, Ally Canales. She runs an inspiring website which includes a blog and podcast that promotes female empowerment: conscious, honest, and healthy living. Her website features very open and real discussions about personal life experiences and what shapes us who we are as individuals. Her and her work inspires me greatly to be more open to viewers about personal life matters. In our interview we discussed the Zero Waste lifestyle; tips, tricks, advice, experiences, etc. We also spoke a little bit about the reality of landfills, recycling, and my recent trip to Iceland. I share my Zero Waste journey and open up about my current reality and life after my solo adventure to […]

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Be Zero Non-Profit Organization: Earth Week Day 4

Happy Earth Week! “Producing less trash does more than just help the environment. By moving from a disposable consumer lifestyle to a reusable consumer lifestyle, you’ll simplify your belongings, create healthier and more meaningful experiences, and become an informed and empowered consumer.” — Andrea Sanders, Founder & Director of Be Zero Earth Week Day 4 Be Zero Non-Profit Organization Today I want to shine light on the non-profit organization, Be Zero. Founded by Andrea Sanders, Be Zero is an excellent source for all things Zero Waste and Community involvement. The organization’s website shares a 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge, Make Less Trash Guide, and Zero Waste Blog. These are great resources for guiding you along your Zero Waste journey! Be Zero is where my Zero Waste journey began. Thanks to Andrea, I learned a great deal about recycling, community involvement, sustainable alternatives, and ways to lessen how much waste I generate. Andrea is an incredibly knowledgeable and genuine person who […]

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Solo Female Travel: Why I Did What I Did

I quit my full-time job to solo female travel with a one-way ticket to Europe. The best thing you can do for yourself is try whatever it is you desire, no matter how afraid you are. In my opinion, it is more terrifying to sit back and wonder and let opportunities pass by with time, than it is to actually take the leap and know. Even if it fails, at least you know.   Solo Female Travel: The Idea Wanting to quit my job and travel solo was not a means of running away from my problems or escaping reality. We will always have problems no matter where we are or what we do. I do not have a bad life, therefore, I really did not have anything to run away from. I just began to see some aspects of my life follow down a monotonous, unfulfilling road that was not what I had […]

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The Cost of Silence and Learned Helplessness

Today I am referencing the incredibly inspiring book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction In Challenging Times. While there are many eye-opening, perspective broadening topics in this book, I want to focus on two topics that really hit home: The Cost of Silence & Learned Helplessness. Real Talk Maybe you have never had this problem, but I have certainly spent a significant amount of valuable time in my one life feeling voiceless and helpless to the world. With focus on my Zero Waste journey, I was once told, “Aww… Kathleen, you know you can’t change the world, right?” Hey, I never said I single-handedly could change the world, I simply believe that my efforts, along with other Zero Waste advocates will make a difference and lead to global change! If you have ever had someone undermine you, your passion, or your potential before, you will understand how bad it hurts to hear those words.  I felt embarrassed and helpless, therefore, fell silent…again. To […]

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The Myth of Recycling

The idea of recycling is great! Someone comes to collect our recyclables, or you have to drop off your materials at a center, and then the centers will do all the work to make the products good as new again! Incidentally, that is not how it works. Recycling is not the perfect solution we think it is. Let us examine what about recycling makes it a bit of a myth.   Inconsistencies in Recycling The first thing to understand is that recycling is a for-profit business. Furthermore, the buying and selling of recycled materials occurs so businesses can generate a profit. Recycling centers try to sell the materials they collected from us to other companies. If companies do not want what the recycling centers have to offer, the recycling centers do not generate revenue. The centers need to make room for new or different materials that will bring in money, so they discard the unwanted. The demand for certain […]

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