Meet Some Real Life Environmentalists
I am a graduate student, close to finishing my Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Coastal Management and Conservation (yes, that is quite the mouth full). Adam is a cinematographer and photographer. Together, we live very sustainably with adoration of the outdoors. Between the two of us we scuba dive, swim, surf, skate, slack line, and pursue a very active lifestyle. The three R’s are ones we try to consistently live by: Reduce Reuse and Recycle. We consciously try to put these terms into action and incorporate them throughout the lives we lead. Reducing to us means using less and having less. This consists of us being self aware of how many paper towels we are grabbing, how long our water has been running, how long we have been in the shower, and keeping these types of thoughts in mind throughout our daily routines. We limit our plastic usage by grocery shopping with our reusable bags, saying no to plastic straws when we go out and having reusable water bottles. We have even reduced our meat intake (I maybe eat meat 2 to 3 times a week). The minimal plastic we DO end up using, we recycle, but are constantly trying to find alternatives to reduce these uses altogether.
We are both fairly crafty and creative people so we enjoy refurbishing a lot of our home décor and reusing materials where we can. I built an entire coffee table out of bottle caps and sell some art pieces using these along with recycled pallet wood. It allows us to be innovative through all aspects of our lives. I heard a saying that has always stuck with me: Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want. We love to shop locally and support our surrounding communities. I love fresh goods from the farmers market, along with anything green and nourishing to our bodies. Real food is the best thing you can do for yourself mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We feel the benefits with everything we do.
We have recently decided to challenge ourselves to own less and see more. Experience more. Adventure more. Just be more. With this being said…we bought a bus! It is an old swat bus that we are committed to converting into a tiny home. We will be slowly minimizing our belongings, with our closet being the biggest challenge yet. I have been ridding of one bag of clothes at a time, donating them to a local women’s shelter. For holidays we have asked to not be given anything because we do not want “stuff.” It is a breath of fresh air to see our belongings slowly shrink. We feel free. Our bus is a long way away from being livable but this goes back to how much we enjoy being creative. It is a fun project to make a space that is perfect for the two of us. We want to travel and see more, growing towards becoming our own bosses while being on the road. You can always make more money but you cannot make more time so it is important to pursue your dreams now. For us, this means seeing the world.
You can follow our conversion journey on Instagram @becomingborderless.
We are called to be environmental influencers and this is exactly what we are doing. We are lucky enough to get to do it through both our jobs and hobbies. After all, we need to create a world where the environment does not need protecting.