Growing up along the Northshore of Lake Superior, I was fortunate to learn and grow up in an environment to which I felt a sense of responsibility to maintain. Today, I hold a Master’s Degree in Public Health and alongside my husband, raise two, energized young children who keep me motivated to grow and support the local zero waste community.
Some people can feel overwhelmed or anxious about how or where to start. I felt this. I decided that I needed to stop reading about the waste problems and instead, do something about it.
The thing I love most about The Nickel Refillery is our customers. We have built a really special community but it's our customers that make the store a beautiful place. I love how our customers are so eager to learn along side us.
My zero waste journey is fueled by my desire to keep the waterways that flow through our landscapes and within our bodies clean and unpolluted. I am passionate about connection to nature, regenerative food systems, meditation and rights of passage. I believe how we choose to live our lives can contribute to the movement towards environmental, culture, and social resilience.
Implementing consistent and eco-friendly changes into my daily life has been fun, challenging and rewarding. I am constantly looking to replace single-use/disposable items with reusable and low waste options. My journey to zero waste living has already brought me so many amazing things, including my wonderful co-workers and the community at The Nickel Refillery. TNR is truly my happy place, and I can't wait to see how we tackle zero waste living in the Greater Sudbury area moving forward!
What I want most in the world is for my grandchildren and their future children to have a vibrant and sustainable life - to be able to enjoy the beauty of clean air, water, and natural foods that will help them thrive and live the best life they can. It’s cliche to say this, but I truly believe that in order to be healthy in the physical, mental, and spiritual senses, we must live in harmony with the natural world, and to recognize we are an integral part of it.
Q. What zero-waste tip would you give a new customer? A. I often suggest starting small and thinking of different areas in your house to reduce waste and go from there! It can be really overwhelming to start, but the key is to just start.
Q. What is your favourite part of being an Energy Exchanger? A. My favourite part about being an Energy Exchanger at the Nickel Refillery is educating and informing new customers about the products and practices available.
Q. What is your biggest zero waste accomplishment? A. I have eliminated all waste when making my school lunch by using reusable containers, bulk foods and baking my own banana bread.
Q. What zero waste tip wold you give to a new customer? A. Open all your cupboards and look at all the packaging. Think of how many thing used to come in glass or paper and now they all come in plastic. Start with bulk items and slowly replace the plastic containers.