Zero-Waste Hero: An interview with Laura
For the third in our zero-waste hero series we interview Laura (@lesswastelaura), flying the flag for sustainability in Scotland Laura is an inspiration for all budding zero-wasters!
Without further ado lets get into the interview:
1. Introduce yourself
My name is Laura, and I am a Scottish planet lover who is out here trying to do some good. I live striving to leave no mark on this earth; only footprints.
2. What motivated you to start your zero-waste journey?
My whole life I have been driven by my love of nature. It has guided me into my professional life, and brought immense joy in my hobbies. My journey began as a challenge. Challenging myself to reduce my personal waste which is so detrimental to our planet. It grew from there, blossoming into a complete, and rewarding, change in lifestyle.
3. What was the first change you made?
The first change I made was combatting the whole bathroom. My journey began around Christmas time, and after talking to my family about it I actually received my first ever bamboo toothbrush and shampoo bar as a gift. As soon as my old supplies ran out I made that change and have never looked back.
4. What have you found hardest to give up?
I wouldn’t say I have given up much because we live in an amazing time, with some amazing engineers and entrepreneurs, meaning that nothing is a sacrifice, just a switch! There are so many alternatives to exactly what you’re used to, which makes living for the environment so much easier.
Image courtsey of Laura
5. What's your favourite zero-waste swap?
My favourite zero waste swap has got to be my menstrual cup. It has honestly brought about such as ease to life, and saves so much money and waste. There are also numerous businesses selling reusable menstrual products which are simultaneously combatting period poverty, which is a massive benefit!
6. What advice would you give someone just starting out on their zero-waste journey?
My advice is simple. Start slow, and change through phasing out. Don’t feel you have to buy all the new zero waste and reusable products straight away! Go through your stockpiles of other products and only buy new when you have to. This makes it a lot easier and less overwhelming. Lots of ‘zero wasters’ still have plastic in our lives because it is durable, and it's better to use it up, rather than swap it prematurely.
7. What's next for you?
Next for me is graduating from my masters degree in Environmental Protection and Management. Already I have so many different ideas for my future, and so many doors to investigate it is an exciting time! I have a passion for bringing environmental education to everyone, and making environmental lifestyles accessible for all. I know my future will be surrounded by the amazing work the zero waste community is continuing to do - and of course, my future includes a lot of being out in our beautiful world.
8. Where can people find you?
Image courtesy of Laura
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