As the back-to-school season unfolds, we're eager to celebrate this exciting time of the year with our amazing community! Join us as we delve into their stories, experiences, and the inspiring moments shaping their commitment to sustainability. We got to chat with Valerie, who embraces our shared values and makes choices toward a greener, more sustainable future.
How do you incorporate sustainability into daily life, especially during the school year?
As a family, we do small things that can hopefully play into bigger things. During the school year, it's as simple as packing lunches in reusable bags, thrifting/shopping secondhand for back to school clothes, reducing food waste by bringing snacks and food we know our kiddos will love, utilizing our local library, sorting through supplies we already have so we don't have to buy more!
Why do you think it's important for parents to choose eco-friendly products during the back-to-school season?
Our kids learn a lot from us so setting an example and making it into a habit is the first step. Making the conscious decision to buy eco friendly/nontoxic supplies or even using what we already have will hopefully teach our kids about low waste.
How can incorporating products like Boxed Water into back-to-school routines serve as a practical way to promote sustainability among students and families?
I think it's the idea of starting a small habit every morning and turning that into your routine. I feel like sustainability is just about creating habits that turn into a lifestyle—it ends up becoming a way of life over a decision!
What advice do you have for those enthusiastic about contributing to the environment but uncertain about their first steps?
Make lists of both big goals and also small goals—the small goals are things you can work on little by little and one by one! It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the habits and changes you want to create so it's helpful to work on one thing at a time!
What do you believe are the long-term benefits of making small sustainable choices for the planet and future generations?
So many benefits—quality over quantity! Less production, more durable products and services. It sends off future generations with more valuable lifestyle choices and resources.
Where can our community find you online?
I'm mostly active on social media as @mammafolk
and you can see hosting events and doing things in the community! You can also find me at my podcast, @heyamigaspodcast ;)