We talk to Christine, who made it her mission to live a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. She shares her stories to inspire others begin a journey towards simplicity and sustainability.

1. What inspired you to live a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle?

I graduated with a degree in Industrial and Packaging Technology, and it was from my degree that I noticed the huge disconnect between our consumption and our waste generation. America alone makes up 5% of the world’s population yet generates 40% of the world’s waste. I was absolutely compelled to see what I could personally do to reduce my waste generation, so for the past 3 years, have been on the journey of living a zero waste lifestyle in order to seek the simplicity and sustainability our consumeristic society lacks today.

2. On your journey to live in this way, what have you found most challenging?

The most challenging part is going against the grain -- I find myself doing and thinking differently from most people, so it's easy to feel lonely. Luckily, I've discovered a wonderful community of zero waste bloggers like myself who can easily relate. Finding someone to talk to has been absolutely encouraging to know that I'm not the only one trying to change the world for the better in this sense!

3. Your lifestyle has great environmental benefits - but have you found any other benefits from living this way?

Absolutely -- there's a sense of confidence and peace that comes when you find out about an issue, and take action. I love to learn about how I can make the world a little better whether it's through waste reduction, energy savings, conscious consumerism, etc., but it's even more fulfilling to know that I am actively seeking change in my own life to make a difference, hopefully for the better.

4. What would your advice be to anyone just beginning their journey to a zero-waste / low consumption lifestyle?

Start small because the changes don't happen overnight. It took me 6 months to fully transition, for others it may take longer! Don't be overwhelmed and try to enjoy the process and find a few other folks in the zero waste community that you can connect with to also help or encourage you.

5. Where can people go to find out more about you?

My main social media platform is Instagram, but I also have a blog, Facebook page and YouTube channel which I update whenever I can! It's a little difficult when you work full time (;