Before we dive in, we want to get to know you! Can you share with us:

Your Coffee Order:

Iced vanilla latte with oat milk

Books on Your Nightstand:

The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else by Dr. Holly B. Rogers and Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by Dr. BJ Fogg

Favorite Vacation Spot:

Mendocino, California

Favorite Sustainability Tip:

Start small and somewhere that feels easy to you! To me, it was carrying reusable bags at the grocery store, to my mom it was starting a compost. Once you get one thing down, you can build from there.

What sparked your passion for a sustainable lifestyle?

My uncle is a marine biologist, so I have learned about ocean conservation since I was a kid. I always wanted to make a difference for the environment and decided the internet would be my avenue!

Sustainability can be complex. What does eco-friendly living mean to you?

To me, it looks like making tiny decisions every day that are a little better for the planet.

What are your recommendations for someone who wants to get involved in their community, not just their home?

First, look and see if your community has events around sustainability. You can attend something like a trash cleanup, an environmental protest or a composting event! If there’s not available events, then start having conversations about sustainability with your friends and family. This type of change can start in our homes so don’t underestimate the power of talking to your immediate circles.

Those are some great ideas! What are your top tips for getting started?

I’m obsessed with learning about habits, and the #1 tip for habit-building is start small and start somewhere that feels easy and then you can build on it over time. So, you could start a compost, eat take-out less, start Meatless Mondays, etc. — do what feels easy and then build on from there!

Why is practicing sustainable waste management a topic you are passionate about?

Because I know we all want the earth to be a healthy, habitable place. So, we have to create the systems that will keep earth healthy and happy!

What inspired you to work with a company like Glad?

I’ve been using Glad for as long as I can remember. I’m SO excited about their Recovered Materials Bags which have 50% recovered plastic (20% recycled plastic, 30% reclaimed plastic). I love seeing big box store brands move toward more sustainable solutions and excited to help Glad on their sustainability journey.