I’m so honoured to share with you an interview with Tania Larsson, an Indigenous jewellery designer who sustainably uses traditional materials and methods in her work. She has generously shared her experiences and expertise, and tips for those of us who would like to support buying Indigenous-made, not “native inspired”.
I’m beyond thrilled to introduce my first interview subject in my “Fashion Week” series, the one and only Aja Barber. If you’re not following her on Instagram, you should be! She’s a wealth of information, a genuinely kind person, and one of the reasons I’m so happy that I decided to join Instagram in the first place.
“Waste is a product of negligence,” explains Ubuntu Canteen’s Executive Chef, Dave Gunawan, when I ask about his restaurant’s low-waste practices. “There’s no waste in nature, and it’s not in our vernacular either.”
But he’s talking about more than scrapping plastic water bottles and single-use coffee pods. “We need to take a multifaceted approach. We can see it through the lens of ‘Zero Waste,’ but it’s more holistic.”
Recently I was invited to dine at Ubuntu Canteen, and of course my husband Scott and I leapt at the chance. With our son at home with his grandma, we were thrilled to have a night out and experience the restaurant we had heard so much about.
Refill stores are a Zero Waster’s paradise. You bring your own containers, get them refilled with goodies like shampoo and dish detergent (often natural and local products!) and pay for the exact amount you want. They also typically stock eco-friendly goods, such as bamboo toothbrushes and compostable floss. It’s shopping without the plastic waste!
But what do you do if you don’t have a refill store near you? I’ve written about this on my Instagram page recently, because there are a lot of other things you can do to help reduce waste and be part of the solution.
I’m absolutely delighted to share my interview with famed foodie and blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau, also known as the Zero Waste Chef. On her blog and Instagram, she shares how her family lives Zero Waste, while creating the most delicious meals. (I tried to tell her that she’s a legend in the Zero Waste world. However, as you’ll see, she’s very humble and doesn’t believe me.)
Although I’m far from a gourmet chef, my own Zero Waste journey has me experimenting in the kitchen more often, batch cooking and baking for the week ahead, and making more from scratch. Needless to say, I’m very inspired by Anne-Marie!
Her motto and food rules are: “No packaging. Nothing processed. No waste.” Sounds intimidating? Her joyful personality and positive energy will change your mind! Here’s what she had to say about how busy families can join the Zero Waste movement, how to get your kids into the kitchen, and why we should have hope for the future.