Plastic-Free People: Kelsey

Did you know that Plastic-Free YYC is operated by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers?! This team uses their unique, personal talents and their spare time to promote plastic-free living in Calgary! We asked our team to answer some fun questions so you, our audience, can see the real faces of PFYYC…

Introducing: Kelsey

Kelsey joined our team in the Fall of 2018 to lead our email and newsletter communications. She is a dedicated plastic-free person with a passion, and talent, for creating scrumptious snacks like chocolate bark (recipe here). She works full time and dedicates her free time to this cause.

What is your name?  
Kelsey Williams

Describe your PF-Superpower used to fight plastic pollution in our city?  In other words, what is your role with PFYYC?
I am the Email Coordinator. I put together all the latest and greatest that is happening at PFYYC and make it look pretty before it hits your inbox.

Being part of the plastic-free movement is important to me because:
I am learning so much about how to live a better (plastic free) life and in doing so, I am able to teach and help others to live a plastic free life.

When you aren’t volunteering your super powers to fight plastic pollution, who are you? What are you doing?
I work on the Marketing team at Community Natural Foods. When I’m not at work, I am at home in the kitchen creating delicious, healthy recipes and trying to incorporate as much bulk items as possible to eliminate the waste!

Going plastic-free is a journey. On a scale of 1 to 1,000,000, 1 being: you have heard a rumor that using plastic is so last year. 1,000,000 being: you live on another planet where plastic has never existed & Sea Turtles run the show.
How many steps have you taken?
Describe in your own words where are you in your journey?

I am around 256. Over this last year I have converted a good portion of our house into plastic-free…bringing my reusable container to buy bulk household items, using my stainless steel straw (including pulling it out at restaurants) and switching out food products that come in containers for ones I can make at home.

What has been the hardest part of reducing your plastic waste? What was the easiest?
The hardest part has been trying to figure out how to get my supplements that aren’t in plastic containers…however I have convinced my naturopath to reuse some of my containers which has put some ease on my conscience. The easiest part has been switching out items like saran wrap, plastic produce bags and being more mindful of what products come with additional packaging (that includes online shopping!)

Do you have any guilty pleasures – plastic items you still use- you want to share?
Not necessarily a guilty pleasure but we are a meat eating household so it has been a struggle to get good quality meat products that aren’t wrapped in plastic.

What is your #1 tip or a piece of advice for our followers and fellow Calgarians who want to help reduce the plastic in their lives?
Start with the little things and continue to swap things out as you go. If you were to completely change everything at once, you will not only get stressed out, but you may end up spending a lot of money. And don’t throw out what you currently have because that’s still wasteful. Use up what you’ve got left (saran wrap, paper towel, etc.) and replace once it’s gone.

You can get to know the rest of our team here.

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I'm a passionate environmentalist at heart. Striving to create a difference in my community and in my home to make the world just a little bit better.