My name is Émilie. I am blogging at Simpleetdurable.com (which translates into Simple and Sustainable) and I live in Sherbrooke, Québec. About 3 years ago, I realized that I strongly needed a career change. Let me explain…
Once upon a time I worked within the private sector, for companies manufacturing stuff… all kinds of stuff. As a purchaser, I was in charge of supplying the factories with cheap raw chemical materials out-sourced in Asia. That was the time when such things as sustainability, responsible consumption or social economy were none of my concerns. They were concepts and ideas meant for other people. I had to make a living, didn’t I ? I didn’t know that I could embark on a different lifestyle than the one offered by the consumer society in which we live.
As my discomfort and dissatisfaction with my professional life grew bigger, I came across documentaries such as Story of Stuff. I read Colin Beavan ‘No impact man‘ and ‘L’envers de l’assiette‘ by Laure Waridel. I became vegetarian and I discovered Bea Johnson!
This was such a revelation! We could all make a difference based on how we consume, what we buy or don’t buy, what we throw away. Most of all, I realized I deeply wanted to be part of this zero waste movement.
So I made a statement: from now on, I would do more of the things I enjoy, and less of the things I don’t! From now on, I would live by my values: simplicity, respect and ethics.
I decided to go back to university to get a certificate in Sustainable Development. In addition, I trained to become a professional organizer. Now I am on a mission, to spread the word about a zero waste life, and help people to break free from their bad habits which leads them to over consume, in order to leave a less resource-intensive lifestyle.
Reducing, decluttering and simplifying are the first steps toward sustainability at home.
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