Going, Going, Gone Vegan

Yes, I am sitting here as a vegan, telling you I’m a vegan. I see the humor. Please get all your vegan jokes out of your system – I’ll wait.

Hey guys!

As some of you may know I went vegan on December 1st, 2016. I did it so I could accurately write up a blog post and make YouTube videos for #veganuary. But then my computer kept crashing and my access to technology essentially died. BUT I’M BACK! I wanted to write about my experiences so far and how it has affected me and the people around me.

First, let’s go into why I decided to go vegan. My history with meat hasn’t been an easy road. I was that kid who would cry at the dinner table if she had to eat one bite of meat. I used to swap my one bite of meat for my sisters’ vegetables. My parents were so proud, until they caught on. My dad, being my soccer coach, always wanted to make sure I had enough protein. I remember shredding a pile of cheese that fit into a cereal bowl and just eating that. I remember going to Jack in the Box and ordering a burger and feeling proud of myself that I made it through a whole burger without wanting to spit it out. Meat became a mountain that I just had to overcome. Meat to me was like broccoli to most children. It was something I had to eat to be healthy even though I hated it.

As I grew older I became obsessed with bacon, because – BACON. I didn’t mind pepperonis or salami. I was fine with chicken if it had gallons of barbecue sauce. It slowly became easier to eat meat, but only when I really had to. I still didn’t like the texture, nor the taste. I would still gag every time I walked past the Thanksgiving turkey’s carcass. My family has teased me relentlessly about not liking meat, or equating meat to eating another life. People call me salad shaker because I was the kid who hated chicken nuggets at the McDonalds Drive-thru and would ask for a salad. But I get it, in our society and according to the standard American diet, hating meat is weird.

When I met my fiance, he basically only ate chicken for every meal. I had never had a chicken wing, and he made them look delicious. Slowly but surely I had a bite, then a whole wing, then a whole order. I still never got to the point where I could touch them, but I could eat them. One Thanksgiving my dad toasted to him because it was the first Thanksgiving ever that I had tasted some of the bird. I felt annoyed that being vegetarian was such a topic of conversation, but also a little accomplished that now maybe people would stop making such a big deal because I had a slice of meat.

Fast forward to a couple years later and realized that I pay my own bills and live my own life, why am I still eating for everyone else’s benefit. I don’t like meat, I don’t feel good when I eat meat, I don’t want to eat it – so why am I? I started doing research about proteins, either in bar or powder/supplement form. I started asking people around me if there is actual proof that eating animals is better for you than not. (by the way, still haven’t found that yet, so if you know of a documentary or published study where meat eaters were healthier than responsible vegans, please share. I am curious and always learning. On the opposite end of the spectrum, highly suggest Forks Over Knives on Netflix.)

Meanwhile, I was discovering the zero waste movement. I found out the state I was living in didn’t have a bottle bill or a full state recycling program. I spent most of my time reading blogs, watching YouTubers, or watching Netflix documentaries about zero waste, sustainability, and how we are handling our trash in general. I started this blog, I joined local committees and starting working with nonprofits and local government. I preached to anyone that would listen that Wall-E is our future and we need to do something before we’re all cubes of trash. But I was a hypocrite.

Animal agriculture is the biggest form of pollution on this planet. From the animals themselves, to the food grown for the animals. One pound of beef takes 100 gallons of water to produce. I thought of my friends and family back home in California living in a drought, and then posting selfies with In-N-Out. I looked at these selfies, preaching zero waste, holding a reusable water bottle, all while eating a chicken taco, and hating it to “be healthy”. So I decided to be officially, vegetarian. No more bacon, no more pepperoni on my pizza, nothing. I had my slip ups, but I tried to avoid it when I could. (I got free pizza at the job I was at and pepperoni, bell pepper, olive, and mushroom was my favorite pizza topping. So that happened. Fail.)

Which brings me to December of last year. At this point I am zero waste, vegetarian, and watching more vegan and sustainable YouTubers than I am watching crime shows. Which, if you know me, is A LOT of YouTube. I watched raw vegans, raw til four vegans, classic vegans, people who were vegan every other month, people who were vegan during the week, but standard American diet on the weekends – everyone. The more “What I Eat in a Day” videos I watched the more I realized I could totally be vegan.

I was worried about the health issues. I’ve heard of parents being arrested for child abuse because their children were malnourished vegans. Or people who tried going vegan themselves and became very sickly looking and ill. Which brings me back to doing supplement research. I talked to my doctor and decided to officially take the plunge. I did want to get my blood tested before and after the “test month” of December but that didn’t happen because – needles. #terrifying

So second – HOW DID I SURVIVE THAT MONTH!??! Well I started keeping a journal on my computer but because this was also around the time my computer started to die, I rapidly became the worst journalist on the planet. Here’s roughly what I ate on my first week:

MONDAY
BREAKFAST:
Bowl of rice Chex and rice milk

LUNCH:
About two large carrots, a head of broccoli, and two bell peppers with homemade hummus
Matcha latte with almond milk

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DINNER:
Black bean burger from Plant Power
Chili cheese fries from Plant Power

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Total: 243g carbs | 59g protein | 47g fat*

TUESDAY
BREAKFAST:
12oz of orange juice
Chocolate banana almond butter smoothie

LUNCH:
Avocado toast on gluten free bread
Matcha latte with almond milk

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DINNER:
Homemade miso soup
One asian pear
Acai bowl

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Total: 190g carbs | 28g protein | 53g fat*

WEDNESDAY
BREAKFAST:
Chocolate banana almond butter smoothie

LUNCH:
Avocado toast on gluten free bread
Matcha latte with almond milk

DINNER:
Bagel with cream cheese, spinach, onion, tomato, and avocado from Planet Power
Fries with mustard

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Total: 174g carbs | 30g protein | 89g fat*

THURSDAY
BREAKFAST:
Rice chex with rice milk

LUNCH:
Mashed potatoes and roasted veggies

DINNER:
Avocado toast on gluten free bread
Homemade miso soup

Total: 160g carbs | 20g protein | 25g fat*

FRIDAY
BREAKFAST:
Rice chex and rice milk

LUNCH:
Potato tacos with sauerkraut and avocado

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DINNER:
Brown rice bowl with spinach, avocado, mushrooms, scallions, sauerkraut, and mustard

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Total: 127g carbs | 21g protein | 44g fat*

SATURDAY
BREAKFAST:
Potato tacos with sauerkraut and avocado

LUNCH:
Whole foods salad bar
Rootbeer

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DINNER:
Avocado toast on gluten free bread
Banana rooibos tea smoothie with coconut milk

Total: 213g carbs | 40g protein | 79g fat*

SUNDAY
BREAKFAST:
Rice chex with rice milk

LUNCH:
Avocado toast on gluten free bread
Banana rooibos tea smoothie with coconut milk

DINNER:
Chili cheese fries from Plant Power
Raw walnut tacos from Plant Power

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Total: 182g carbs | 32g protein | 71g fat*
*These are all estimates using the Lifesum app.*

So it’s not the best, but it’s also not wildly unhealthy either. Each day I feel like I’m getting better and understanding how to be healthy. I take a b12 supplement almost every day and also eat calcium chews as well. The latter is mostly because Andrew bought them and they taste like candy.

The results after my first month were awesome. Now, over four months into being vegan, I feel so much better. I always thought when vegans would say “I feel amazing” it was some sort of collective marketing scam or something, but it’s true. I have so much more energy, I recovered from the flu that was going around so much faster and didn’t have to miss a day of work, and the best part is I’m not anxious about food anymore. I’m not constantly worried I’m going to have to eat something to appease someone else. I get to proudly say I’m a vegan and people stop begging me to eat just one bite or one serving, or making me feel like there is something wrong with me because I don’t like the taste. The best part for me has been the weight loss. It’s not dramatic and I haven’t even been on a scale to see the actual results, but I have gained two holes in my belt and I also don’t have to unbutton my pants when I sit down to feel comfortable in jeans that fit while standing up.

I really hope this has helped anyone who was curious or has answered any questions anyone may have about where I’ve been and where I’m going. If you do have any questions or concerns, please comment below. I can talk about food and veganism until you hate me, so don’t be shy.

Talk soon,
Audrey

Catching Up

Hey guys!

So it has definitely been awhile since I’ve posted on here, and I’d like that to change. My computer has basically been laid to rest multiple times over the last year, and now that that is all squared away, I’m hoping I can put more of a dedication towards what I love – which is trash. #sotrashy

To catch up anyone who doesn’t already follow me on instagram (@greenbluemarble) my boyfriend and I moved back home to California, and we got a dog (pictured below, her name is Pickle and I know what you’re thinking – yes, she is the cutest thing you have ever seen), and we also got engaged. Woo! Because my fiancé is amazing he also got my ring only from sustainable sources and bought from small makers when possible. Plus, it’s an aquamarine stone, so I am one step closer to becoming a mermaid. Watch out, JoJo! #aquamarine

As far as my trash journey goes, it has been a whirlwind of ups and downs. Currently I am vastly less zero waste than I was back in Nashville, but I am now vegan. Do these things balance each other out? Hope so! My biggest hurdle at the moment is food waste. I got a discounted three tier worm compost system from the City of San Diego website, and have been “using” that. I put using in quotes because it’s not working at all. I put a bell pepper in there last august that still hasn’t broken down. I looked up classes all the way up to LA county on where I could maybe take a compost class and didn’t find anything. So if you’re reading this and you know about the three tier system, please HALP. As of now I am trying my best to avoid the waste in the first place so that means less food scraps, which means less making my own food, which means more other forms of trash. I know this seems pointless, but by weight my non-food trash is less than my food trash – so I’m trying here guys.

So that is my biggest fail right now and I’m working towards fixing it whenever I have a free moment. I’m assuming I just need more worms maybe? No idea. On to the positives! I am back to being obsessed with the farmer’s market. If you follow me on instagram you already know about my obsession with the Taste of Africa stand and their mango juice. It’s basically the nectar of gods. My sticker waste has gone down dramatically and so has my wallet. I take a twenty dollar bill and spend it and when that’s gone, we go home.

My most proud success since moving home is going vegan. Yes, I’m a vegan telling you I’m vegan, I get the joke – move on, thanks. I will write a full post on my vegan journey later down the line, but all in all I’m happy I tried it out from #veganuary. I wasn’t planning on going full vegan, but after that month, I couldn’t go back. It does make me sad that there isn’t really an online community for vegetarians though because one of my favorite #veganthings so far has been all the people I have met. I didn’t find any real vegetarian community anywhere and I think there should be a place for people who think eating animals is weird, but loves eggs and cheese.

I was going to get my blood tested before and after that first month, but – needles – so that didn’t happen. In a non-medical sense though, I have felt the changes. Although I wasn’t a huge meat eater, so the changes are subtle, I love that I feel healthier. I thought vegans were just saying they felt better as some sort of collective marketing scheme, but I honestly do! I’ve started to lose weight, my fiancé says I look healthier, and I’ve noticed a difference in my energy levels. I also came down with that flu that was going around earlier in the year and I recovered way faster than I usually do when I’m sick. If you’re interested in my vegan life, stay tuned for the next blog. If not, like, don’t read the next one then. haha

Most importantly, now that I have a working computer, I can start my YouTube channel officially. I watch YouTube more than TV and I am so pumped I can finally be apart of the YT Family. My channel right now is here, but since my technology issues, the videos are filled with lies of follow up videos that never came. *le sigh*

I hope this wasn’t too long of a post, but it’s been so long and I wanted to get everyone caught up on my life. Leave me a comment if you are interested in going vegan, or can help me with my compost!!

xxox
Audrey

Urban Green Lab Presents: The Mobile Lab

Hey guys,

So this semester I volunteered with an amazing non-profit here in Nashville called Urban Green Lab. They debuted a mobile classroom and I was lucky enough to participate inside the lab. It goes to schools in the Nashville Metro area and educates kids about the importance of sustainability. The topics covered are food, renewable energy, water, eco-friendly building, and agriculture.

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Ian Riley photography

The mobile lab can be scheduled by any school in the Nashville Metro area. The lab will replace a class time period of the teacher’s choice. Half of the kids participate in outdoor activities, most notably the smoothie bike.

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Ian Riley photography

The other half of the kids are inside the lab rotating at stations every five minutes or so. Half way through the class period they switch. At the end of the mobile lab portion, Urban Green Lab goes into the classroom and goes over what everyone has learned. The favorite among students is definitely sustainability catchphrase.

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Ian Riley photography

I was so excited to be able to help with this amazing project because I think teaching kids about sustainability while they’re young is so important. I learned so much from these kids as well. A lot of them hadn’t even heard the word sustainability before and it was so fulfilling to be able to bring such an important topic into their lives.

I loved getting to know about each kids’ personal relationship to being eco-friendly. Some kids recycled, some knew about composting, some said they would start to yell at their parents when they bought potatoes shrink wrapped. Being able to relate to them on their level and give them the momentum to go home and see how they could adjust their lives to be more eco-friendly was so much fun. The most relatable moment was definitely at the lightbulb station.

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Ian Riley photography

The station enabled the kids to see how many watts a fluorescent, LED, and CFL light bulb use. Then they could calculate how much money that would accumulate after a year. Then I would ask the kids how many light bulbs they think they’ll have once they go to college. Once the connection between “being green” and “making green” happened, they were all about the eco-friendly LED light bulbs.

I can’t wait to see what the future brings for Urban Green Lab. I’m sure with this amazing staff it can only be good things.

Talk soon,
Audrey

App Idea??

Hey everyone!
I have this idea for an app, but want to beta test it first. The goal here is to be able to clean up your neighborhood without having to call the city to organize an official clean up.

The way it works is, if you see a spot that has a lot of trash, you would drop a pin at that location and describe what the issue is, ie: cigarette butts, graffiti, litter, overgrown grass, etc. Once you complete the mini cleanup, you would post a picture of the finished area for approval from the poster. Long term, I would love to get some sort of rewards system in place to incentivize more people to participate.

In these very first stages though, I haven’t figured out how to make an interactive map. So if you see a spot that needs some love, please email me at audrey.christine89@gmail.com and I’ll add it for you. 🙂

Thanks guys for being supportive and I hope this makes a little difference in the community.

Also, if you’re a person who knows how to code simple apps like this – HALP?!

kthanksbye,
Audrey

Compost Nashville

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite things I’ve discovered since going zero waste, and that is Compost Nashville. They are a new company in Nashville and they are definitely the most convenient way to handle all of your organic waste.

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How it works:

  • It’s $35.00 a month for the service and this bucket. (Which I keep on my porch, even though it doesn’t smell at all.)
  • You dump all organic waste inside the bucket that is lined with a compostable bag.
  • Compost Nashville picks up the bucket once a week and replaces the bag so everything is so fresh and so clean, clean.

Even though I live in an apartment and it’s about 10 steps from my kitchen to this bucket, I’m still too lazy to walk to the bucket every time I cook. Also, if I’m skinning raw carrots or potatoes, I don’t want to bring in this outdoor bucket to my inside carpet – gross. So I keep all my scraps and leftovers in this old pot in my freezer so it doesn’t smell. (see picture below)

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This old pot makes everything so much smoother to go from cooking to compost. I occasionally clean out the pot, honestly mostly for aesthetics, and then just throw it back in the freezer.

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Not only is this such an amazing value and convenience for a zero food waste household, there is also your biannual mulch delivery. Twice a year Compost Nashville will deliver some garden-ready compost for your yard. If you don’t have a garden or need for the compost, you can donate it back to Compost Nashville.

If you want to be awesome and sign up, use code TOMATO at checkout in the “space for questions or sharing”, and you will get $5.00 off your first month! If you have any questions feel free to ask, I am more than happy to help out. 🙂

Talk soon,
Audrey

January Swap Out

Hey guys!

If you follow me on instagram you already know, and if you don’t you should follow me. (@greenbluemarble) I will be posting, at the end of every month, which items in our house that I have swapped out for a sustainable alternative. I’ve created the hashtag #swapforsustainable if you want to play along and share your swaps. 🙂

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Above you can see my swap. I switched out my single use flossers for this water flosser. Yes, it’s plastic, but it’s definitely better than those single use flossers with the handle that come in a plastic bag. Basically, how it works is I fill it up with water and push that blue button to force the water through the spout on top. I press the spout against where I would normally floss and it cleans out my teeth.

I swapped out my tube of toothpaste for the Lush toothy tabs very early in my zero waste, so that’s nothing new. What is new, is the discovery that they have SLS in them. My boyfriend was using them with me, and it irritated his upper lip so badly, he’s back on the tube toothpaste. I’m still using them because they don’t seem to affect me, but I wanted to share in case anyone has sensitive skin.

Most importantly, I learned about Plus Ultra, which is my new favorite company – ever. Their toothbrushes are made of bamboo and are compostable.

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Yes, there is a lot of packaging, but that is because there is no glue. The package is like a little origami folded box with the toothbrush inside. The packaging is recyclable and the plastic cover is made of 30% sugar and 70% PET plastic. Although the nylon bristles and the staples that hold them aren’t recyclable, this toothbrush and it’s packaging are such an enormous leap forward towards a sustainable dental option.

When my toothbrushes arrived, my boyfriend took one look at them and wanted one. He was using an electric toothbrush before and that immediately was in the trash and the Plus Ultra “hello gorgeous” toothbrush was immediately in his mouth.

They’re definitely an adjustment. The bristles are way softer than any toothbrush I’ve ever had, but I got used to that after about two days. Plus the satisfaction of knowing I’m not creating waste, definitely out weighs my comfort level for the bristles.

If you’re having concerns about the cleanliness of the toothbrushes, Christina (the founder) did a lot of research with dentists and the toothbrushes are definitely up to code. I don’t feel like I’m missing any part of my mouth or if I had an advertised plastic toothbrush, that my mouth would be “more clean”. I honestly can’t say enough great things about Christina or her company. If you’re interested in Plus Ultra just click here or follow them on instagram.

 

But – Money?

Hey guys!

I am really getting into this zero waste lifestyle and everything that goes along with it, ie: minimalism, organization, and healthy/green lifestyles, etc. I am getting so into it that everyday I go to work at my “nine to five” job and all I can think about is all the issues with trash and plastic waste. I’m that person who stays awake at night worrying about third world countries and all of their trash, and what that’s doing to our world. But then I also worry about all the trash on the side of the freeway I see every day, and how is that going to make it into the ocean and how do I stop it? (Fun story: I did call the police station and ask if I could clean it up, they thought I was nuts and hung up.)

In any case, I want to make this my career. I want to be able to pay bills and help clean up this planet. I want to be able to make money while helping people reduce their waste and clean out their lives. So far, I have no idea what I’m doing. I had my first zero waste class which was one my favorite things so far about zero waste – but I lost money in doing so. I had a lot of positive feedback from family and friends about my zero waste starter kits though, so I’m thinking about creating an online store where I can sell those – but that’s not gonna pay my rent. (see picture below)

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Yes, they’re cute and yes they’ll help save a cup or a straw here and there, but they’re not going to solve the world waste issue. I know you have to start small, but I’m too small right now. I want to know how to get a job helping clean up this planet.

At first I thought I’d start this blog, because people make money from blogs – right? Then I found out people can make money from instagram, people do that – right? Then I remembered I’m not @yogagirl and even if I was, that didn’t happen over night.

My current idea is to start consulting for people. Maybe charge a flat rate fee or a percentage of a client’s groceries and go with them to the market and teach them how to do all of their shopping, zero waste style. Then teach them how to make that food. How to store that food. How to go about their daily lives with that food. Sort of along the lines of a life coach, except I won’t care about your cat. I’ll care about your trash and how you’re impacting the world on a sustainable level. No offense to your cat, I’m sure you have a very nice cat. The current problem with this idea is I would need to start a client base, and once I have one client, I’d immediately lose that client – unless they want to be taught twice? That’s not financially sound or reliable.

I know that sustainability is a huge market and there are jobs out there, the problem with my interests is I want to change how people live and not make sure a building is LEED certified. Although green businesses make me super happy, I don’t think that’s where the majority of our waste is coming from. I want to slowly change a neighborhood,then a community, and then the whole city. I want to infect a curiosity in everyone as to where their trash goes, and how every purchase of anything is a vote on what you want the big corporations to produce. If we all demanded bulk foods, super markets would only have bulk foods. Corporations can only sell to a buyers market, they’ll change if we change.

If anyone has any ideas on where to start, please let me know. I want to change the everyday person, and I don’t want to work for a corporation – unless that corporation had a lot of small offices all over the country that were connected to local government. If you’re reading this in Nashville and want to learn more or be my guinea pig to test out my “consultant” theory of making money – let me know. I really want to be able to do something I love and choose to work everyday doing something that makes a difference.

Talk soon,
Audrey

 

A Zero Waste Christmas… sort of.

Hey guys!

I’ve seen so many great zero waste christmas ideas, from DIY soaps and scrubs to wrapping all your gifts in scarves. They all look so cussing awesome and I planned to participate this year.

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I’m not.

I realized those gifts and that type of wrapping is great for local gifts, but not for shipping. Having family on opposite sides of the country makes present giving a little harder. Although I consider myself someone who is organized, I really dropped the ball on Christmas this year.

Next year, I will definitely start buying the presents for everyone is September. haha. I realized that if I wanted to zero waste wrap all the presents I bought, I would have to have the presents shipped to me, then wrap them in a zero waste manner, then ship them to my family members. Totally doable, just not at the last minute.

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I would also like to point out that my family members like to send “Santa letters” to each other with links on where to buy them, to make everything super simple and easy. Next year, I plan on hunting down the items instead of purchasing them online so I can avoid all that packing waste.

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The other reason why I felt kind of weird going completely zero waste this year because I had so many bags and boxes and wrapping paper left over to go through. I really wanted to clear out all of those items before I started replacing them. I know I could have donated or recycled the items, but I’m way too into the mindset of “I bought it, that’s my money, I need to use it.”

Let me know if you guys have made any zero waste adjustments to your holiday traditions and if they went smoothly or not.

** All these images are borrowed with permission from @rocket_science on instagam. She has such an awesome zero waste account and if you need any inspiration on zero waste wrapping, definitely check her out. **

Talk soon,
Audrey

Zero Waste Flying

Hey guys!

I have to admit, I dropped the ball a bit on this post. I was planning on taking pictures of everything and making this super cute post about how easy my zero waste flying experience was – but life and my nerves got the best of me. I took no pictures, played Adele’s new album on repeat, and tried not to barf during take off and landing. (just FYI, proud to report, no barfing. Thanks Adele. You’re the real MVP)

First thing I did was google what I could bring through TSA, surprisingly it was a lot. They basically hate liquids, jellies, and spreads, but are totally cool with everything else. What I ended up bringing was 3 12oz mason jars full of trail mix I made, some apples, and a sandwich. I also brought my empty Brita filtered water bottle and had them fill it up once I was at the gate.

I was so excited to go through security and have them not even care. It was so nice knowing I wasn’t creating any waste while flying and the best part is I didn’t have to pay a million dollars for a water and a sandwich once I was at the airport.

That’s about where the happiness ended. I totally forgot about cabin pressure and science and everything that comes along with that. On our first flight out, I wasn’t too hungry and didn’t open any of my food. I did have a full water bottle with me, that decided to literally fountain out of the mouth spout once we hit cruising altitude. It went all over my sweatshirt, my pillow, and I had the pleasure of sitting in water for the whole flight.

When our connecting flight took off, I was wiser and wetter (:/), and decided to loosen the top off of the water bottle and open the mouth spout so there wouldn’t be any way for any pressure to build up. I was on top of it and watched it the whole time. No water was spilled, but by this time, I was hungry.

I reached down for one of my mason jars, went to screw off the top, and it popped off and made this loud gun shot noise. The top of the jar flew off and separated about 3-5 rows in front of my seat. As you can imagine, that is basically the worst sound to hear on a full plane. People passed back my lid and top to the jar, and I think everyone was a little shaken the rest of the flight. The trail mix tasted a bit bitter after that.

Sorry guys, I was hungry. Lesson learned.

In conclusion, zero waste travel is definitely possible – but should come with warnings. Watch a Bill Nye episode about pressure and then fly with your zero waste supplies. TSA was super easy to get through and no one questioned my jars or stainless steel lunchbox. I’m happy to say it was a success, albeit an enteratining success.

Talk soon,

Audrey

Zero Waste Master Class

Hey Guys!

Yes, my first master class. (Side note: It’s driving me nuts that I can’t find online whether “master class” is one word, or two. Bear with me.) I am so cussing nervous, but also excited. I am walking this weird internal line of “Only 7 spots!? That’s gonna sell out too quick and people are going to be so mad at you.” but also, “7 whole spots!? Are you nuts! How are you going to fill that?!”

I’ve been wanting to host a class for awhile now. When I started this zero waste journey, a lot of people had a lot of the same questions. Even though I love talking about zero waste and love answering anyone’s questions, I thought that a class would be a great alternative.

I am so looking forward to having a room full of like-minded people, all eager to make a change.

I am also very excited to shutdown stereotypes and bring a whole new outlook into the mainstream daily life. I get teased a lot at work and most people that are from the south call me granola and ask me if I shave my legs. Which is fine. I know most of the time it’s all in good fun. What upsets me more is that there’s this assumption that if you care about the earth, you also don’t bathe, don’t shave, and spend all your free time inside a drum circle. If that sounds like you, carry on with your bad self, but that’s not me.

If I can help change the public’s view about people who are “green”, I’ve succeeded. Nashville is such a growing, contemporary city and I am so excited to potentially be a part of that change and growth.

The class is going to be an hour long, and I will also be giving everyone a “Zero Waste Starter kit” at the end of the class. It will go over what zero waste is, why it’s important, and how to start on the journey yourself. I hope to focus on the very important fact that the goal for everyone may not be zero waste, but less waste. I really hope that when everyone leaves my class they understand that by simply bringing a reusable water bottle, rather than a plastic bottle, they’re a superhero. I don’t want to bring on any guilt or any paranoia that they all have to be zero waste or they fail.

Baby steps, guys.

If you’re reading this, live in or around Nashville and are thinking you might want one of those 7 spots, click here.

If you don’t live in Nashville, but know someone who does – feel free to spread the word like wild fire.

The community I’ve fallen into and the friendships I’ve made on Instagram have really helped me throughout this journey. They answer all the questions and encourage me during those little victories. I really, really hope to create that same camaraderie here, in person, in Nashville.

Talk soon,
Audrey

PS: Special shoutout to Lauren Singer and Andrea Sanders for really inspiring me to go through with this class. They’re awesome and their websites are super helpful. 🙂