FRIDAY FOLLOW: Stacy Sullivan
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
I was born in South Texas but spent a lot of my life growing up in California with my aunts. I work as a barista at a local coffee shop where I currently live and I also own and run my own business where we make female empowered merch meant to uplift women all over! I’m a creative and I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and creating things. One of my deepest passions that I don’t speak of a lot is that I love to sing. I grew up in a family of musicians, so it’s always been a part of my heart.
You're now based in Texas, if I’m not mistaken. How is Texas in terms of facilitating a zero or low waste lifestyle?
I believe that depending where you are in TX, zero waste movements are more present in some areas than most! The capital of TX (Austin) which is only about an hour and a half from me, has been doing away with plastic bags as a whole and that is such a great thing! I think we are definitely starting to come together more and putting more of these zero waste motions into action!
Have you always been interested in simple living/ sustainability? If not, when and how did this become a passion for you?
I’ve always been interesting in simplicity! Growing up, my mother instilled it in my head that there was always something to be cleaned or to be organized and for me personally, after dealing with so many emotional and mental traumas in my life, I began to associate simple living and organization as a therapeutic thing for me! I loved the idea of having less clutter, less to spend on and ultimately I began to see so much about sustainable living and all things zero waste. I began to do my own research and from that, I started to notice just how much waste was happening in my own home. I decided to take action, not really expecting to later be such a big part of the zero waste community I am in now! I started this journey nearly 5 months ago, and it still surprises me how far I’ve already come.
Tell me about one or a few low-waste products that you love.
Some of my favourite low waste products I really love have to be the ones I never leave home without! The ones I use in a daily basis! For me that’s my reusable tote bags, produce + bulk bags because if you’re like me, you make unexpected trips to the store and it’s good to have those with you! I also love having my stainless steel reusable water bottle with me, some stainless steel straws and my bamboo cutlery set! I think carrying these items with you are so beneficial and can help lower waste so much!
What or who inspires you?
There have been so many wonderful accounts on Instagram that I’ve followed for several months and I’ve gotten to know them individually and recently we all started an Instagram group where we talk about easy low waste switches, tips, recipes and it’s honestly been so helpful and inspiring to have these ladies a part of my life on a daily! We uplift one another so much in this community and reach out to others who want to learn more as well!
What challenges have you faced while trying to live a more eco-friendly life? Can you tell us a little bit about living sustainably with a child?
I definitely am still not perfect by any means, there are still changes I make everyday to lower my waste but I think when it comes to doing zero waste alternatives for a child, it can get trickier. I have an almost 2 year old daughter and that’s been the toughest area for me but it’s amazing to push myself and accept these challenges as they come. I always say, it’s one day at a time, change doesn’t happen overnight!
Do you have any good advice for other mothers out there who may want to try a more sustainable lifestyle with a young one?
My advice is to literally go at YOUR own pace, I think as mothers who are not living more waste free it’s already tough enough as it is and it’s intimidating to put living more sustainably on top of that but it’s just about finding what works for YOU and making those easy simple swaps a little at a time!
We are currently about to make an order for cloth diapers and I’ll be also making my own wipes with some old cotton cloths I’ve had for her since she was born!
What do you do to relax (either by yourself or as a family)?
To relax, I LOVE making myself some hot tea or coffee and I like to catch up on some reading when it’s just me. As a family, we love going out to a park or spending time getting lost at IKEA lol… We are homebody’s for the most part - we feel if we go out often (we used to so much) we only spend what we don’t need to.
You have a beautiful sense of style - where do you get your clothes from?
I thrift A TON! A lot of my clothes have either been handed down to me by friends or I’ve bought them at thrift stores. Only a few items of clothing are actually from stores at the mall but I still make sure I will use them often and that the material is sustainable!
Where would you like to see the world in 10 years?
I would love to see more joining this movement and to hopefully see more communities who come together and make a permanent change to some of the areas where our world is hurting. It starts with us and I’d hope that all the work and awareness we bring on a daily to others would intimately pay off and we’d see those changes being implemented by then!
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