Newsletter Communications Specialist

Kelsey brings a wealth of knowledge in communications and marketing strategy. Her talent and skills help make our monthly newsletter great and we are excited to have her lead the charge on the upcoming 2019 campaign – BYOC (Bring Your Own Container). She is passionate about sustainability and is dedicated living a more plastic free lifestyle. Interestingly, she is also a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant!
She is a dedicated plastic-free person with a passion, and talent, for creating scrumptious snacks like chocolate bark (recipe here).

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!

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!)

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.