Having a network is a wonderful way to connect with people around the world. We’ve recently reached 75 zero waste bloggers from all over the globe from Hong Kong to Paris to South Africa. It’s not only a place to encourage each other, but it’s a resource to help answer and overcome zero waste obstacles. The Zero Waste Bloggers Network is a marketplace of ideas where we can share and connect.
Since the network’s conception, we’ve only been able to connect digitally. Danielle from No Need for Mars and Kathryn from Going Zero Waste realized they lived in the same town — within blocks of each other! This discovery lead to the very first Zero Waste Bloggers Meetup — a casual coffee date at a local, zero waste friendly cafe.
The cafe is bright, cheery, and filled with local artist influences. They have real plates, silverware, and don’t hand out napkins or straws unless necessary. It was the perfect setting to break the ice between two zero wasters. “You can get both negativity and positivity. There are ups and downs when you embark on a journey like this. It’s nice knowing there’s someone who understands, whether they’re near or far,” said Kathryn.
By the time the coffee was gone and the plates were cleared, Danielle and Kathryn both laughed like old friends as they packed away their cloth napkins. “The Zero Waste Bloggers Network includes a whole spectrum of zero wasters–some have just started like me, some are a few years down the road, and others have been long established with families in tow! Kathryn and the other bloggers have taught me that zero waste is both doable and thrilling. Their support and advice have been invaluable to my success and morale,” added Danielle.
When the network learned of the meeting they were overjoyed. It was peek into the future of the Zero Waste Bloggers Network. We aren’t just an online community and a collection of online personalities. We are a support system who will reach out to one another any way possible–whether it be on a blog, an online forum, or on a barstool in a cozy corner cafe. We are living our values every day. As our numbers grow, these meetings will become more and more frequent, inspiring those around us to take on the sustainable mission. Collectively, we are making a difference.
You can read Kathryn and Danielle’s individual posts about their coffee date here: