SUSTAINYOSELF

A guide for low waste living

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

 Robert Swan, OBE

About The Blog

Founders Sophia & Geevie

Hello!

We're Geevie and Sophia and we're twin sisters from Minneapolis, Minnesota. We discovered the Zero Waste Movement back in 2017 during our freshmen year of college in Savannah, Georgia. Living in Savannah opened our eyes to what an unsustainable city looks like, and having to deal with the frustrations that come along with it.

We're not sure of the current situation in Savannah, but the city had little to no recycling, no composting, and trash was literally scattered on the streets. Trash cans on campus were constantly overflowing.

Soon after, we discovered the zero-waste movement through social media and were immediately inspired to begin pursuing a low-waste lifestyle after learning that many people actually live this way. We learned how easy it is to reduce the waste we create every day just by making simple changes, and so the furious passion began!

When we first decided to change our lifestyles, we thought we had to plastic-proof our lives. This was very frustrating and was the product of misinformation from other zero-wasters. Many of us in this community share what seems to be a 100% zero-waste lifestyle, which can lead people through a difficult and frustrating transition. Plastic is a modern invention and at times cannot be avoided in our modern world and linear economy. So, as influencers, we try to share our mistakes and mishaps to show that perfection and literal zero-waste living is impossible. Zero-waste doesn't actually mean "zero garbage", it's more about the goal. It's important to remember that it's okay to create garbage out of necessity and moderation. A zero-waste lifestyle, in short, is all about living consciously and avoiding single-use plastics by finding alternatives, if available, that help reduce the impact we have on the environment. That's why we often refer to our lifestyle as low-waste instead of zero-waste.

Our transition was long and somewhat frustrating (in the beginning) but we've had so much fun changing and growing throughout this journey. And we are still learning new things every day from this amazing and welcoming community!

So, we decided to document our journey and share easy habits that can make a big difference. We hope to inspire others to change their wasteful ways for the good of the planet, mankind and our future.

-Geevie & Sophia 

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