Hi! I’m Celia, and I write LITTERLESS.
I first heard about zero waste in 2012, when I saw a video about Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home. When I graduated from college several years ago, I realized that as an adult I could decide exactly how I wanted to live my life–and I knew that needed to include living out my environmental values. I began transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle several years ago after graduation. From the outset, I loved it. Not having to wrestle open staticky, squeaky plastic produce bags at the grocery, not having to feel that little jolt of guilt that occurs when I’d throw something in the trash, not having to run out to store to constantly replace disposable products like paper towels and sponges, not having to open my pantry to look at a wall of plastic packaging, not having to take out the trash–there are just so many incredible benefits. I’ll never go back.
I currently live in Chicago, Illinois, which I love because of the incredible public transportation options and its walkability. Moving to a zero waste, minimalist lifestyle has reduced my stress and improved my daily efficiency. I’m now more focused on living intentionally and spending outdoors. Sometimes I forget that not everyone lives this way and am surprised when I watch people load up their grocery carts with prepackaged goods!
Watching zero waste become mainstream has been so incredible. Recently at Whole Foods, the cashier saw all of my cotton produce bags and asked if I was trying to be zero waste! The conversation left me grinning from ear to ear. I think zero waste is so much easier and more doable than people might think, and I blog to share tips and trips and connect people with resources to help them make the switch and live a simpler, more sustainable life.