Eco Friendly Living: 15 People Who’ll Inspire and Motivate You
Zero Waste Lifestyle
January 13, 2021 | Kathryn Kellogg
Last Updated on January 13, 2021
Is eco friendly living on your to-do list? Getting started can be pretty intimidating so I’ve created a zero waste challenge that will ease you into making sustainable changes. And, don’t forget to check out all my blog posts for beginners.
While I’m super proud of the content I’ve created, it’s still only one view point. I think we’re strengthened by listening to other’s view points and I’m super excited to share with you a few of the people that inspire me on a regular basis!
We each have different talents and skillsets, and I think that’s what makes the sustainability movement so beautiful. Only together can we create something that’s going to last.
For me, my platform @going.zero.waste lean towards, “How To” do something. I am very action oriented and enjoy showing people how to create something or how to write businesses and/or their legislators.
I don’t excel in talking about connectivity and nuance where as Kamea Chayne is the QUEEN of creating meaningful discussions. She can so easily explain and show how everything is intertwined.
She’s just one of many creators I’m excited to share with you. I’ve learned so much from each of them and hope that they’ll inspire you on your journey as you delve more into eco friendly living.
If you’re looking for deep, nuanced discussions, you need to give Kamea a follow.
She talks about deep ecology, holistic healing, and biocultural diversity. I’ve particularly liked learning more about regenerative agriculture and food sovereignty.
If you like podcasts, then you should also check out her show @GreenDreamerPodcast! It’s a great listen.
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Elizabeth does a great job of delivering serious information in a fun way.
She groups facts, figures, and studies into bite sized, scrollable slides that really help you understand the problem as well as solutions on what you can do about it.
One of my favorite posts of hers was exposing the story behind Christmas lights.
Give her a follow if you’re looking to peel the curtain back and understand what’s going on behind the scenes.
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Marie started as a zero waste influencer but transitioned to antiracism. I wanted to include her because antiracism work is part of eco friendly living.
We are fighting for a habitable planet for all people, and many of the voices we should be listening to are often left out of the discussion. Climate change has a disproportionate impact on communities of color so we need to actively work towards disabling these systems of oppression if we want a long lasting, impactful, and effective environmental movement.
/ FOLLOW @MARIEBEECH /
Intersectional Environmentalist, founded by @greengirlleah, is focused on inclusive environmentalism that advocates for both people and planet.
It shines a light on many of the injustices and harmful practices being inflicted upon marginalized communities. Like the fact race is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in the United States. (source)
Clean air, clean water, nature – these are all human rights, and we need to ensure access for EVERYONE.
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Isaias Hernandez has a colorful feed full of great, thought provoking, and informative slides.
I learn so much every time one of his posts pop up in my feed. He does a great job of talking through complex issues and defining many uncommon terms. For instance have you heard or Earth Jurisprudence? Topoaversion? Yimby? Ecoholic? Tierracide?
Well, you probably would if you were following him.
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Mikaela Loach is an environmental and social justice activist. But, one of my favorite things about her platform is that she’s studying to become a doctor.
The climate crisis, human health, and systemic racism all tie into each other. She did a fascinating story takeover for me on this topic which is saved in my story highlights if you’d like to watch it.
She also hosts the @theyikespodcast that covers climate change, human rights and other current events.
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Immy Lucas and I have been virtual friends for years, but we finally got to meet via video chat last year, and she was even MORE lovely in person.
If you’re an avid reader, are looking for delicious vegan recipes, and love the planet you need to give her a follow.
Her main platform is YouTube and I can highly recommend her 100 series like 100 Ways to Reduce Food Waste, 100 Zero Waste Swaps and so on.
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I started following Cindy Villaseñor last year, and her smile is infectious.
She’s a low waste advocate who shares plant-based recipes and talks about regenerative gardening.
I’m a terrible gardener, but am so inspired by people like Cindy who’ve mastered it! She gives me hope that all is not lost and some day I can grow my own food just like her.
/ FOLLOW @CEROWASTECINDY /
Eco Warrior Princess founded by @jenniferbnini a writer, activist and certified organic farm owner.
They cover a range of topics from sustainable fashion, current events, social and environmental justice, gardening, plant based eating – you name it.
If you’re interested in eco-friendly living, you’re bound to find new and interesting topics over on Eco Warrior Princess.
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Manuela Barón is one of my oldest friends in this space. She’s an artist and activist that’s bound to keep you inspired.
She makes gorgeous dresses out of trash and recycling all while brining attention to very real problems like littering, over consumption, and ocean plastics.
Her creativity and talent never ceases to amaze me.
/ FOLLOW @THEGIRLGONEGREEN /
Marissa Burch is a new follow for me, but I really, really enjoy her perspective.
She does a great job of balancing her feed to cover a little bit of everything and it all looks so pretty and cohesive.
I personally really enjoy her Reels and her creative upcycling and DIY projects.
/ FOLLOW @WORTHNOTWASTE /
I completely fell in love with Zahra Biabani’s Reels.
The girl’s got moves.
And, dancing while presenting relevant, factual, information about the climate crisis and social justice – my little musical theatre heart just can’t get enough.
Her posts always bring a bit of joy to my feed.
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Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson co-wrote All We Can Save – my favorite book last year.
We closed out my book club with it, and I’m honestly about to re-read it because it was that good.
She’s a marine biologist, founder of @UrbanOceanLab, and co-host of @how2saveaplanet podcast which, in my opinion, is one of the best podcasts on eco-friendly living.
/ FOLLOW @AYANAELIZA /
I can’t get enough of Jazmine Rogers colorful style – the girl is a thrifting goddess. She mostly focuses on sustainable fashion, thrifting, and lifestyle content. And, she scores the most amazing pieces!
I always feel happier when I see one of her colorful posts pop up in my feed because a lot of sustainable IG accounts can be very neutral-beige aesthetic so a daily dose of sunshine and color is always appreciated!
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I was so excited to connect with fellow Arkansan, Jessica Clifton last year. I have her DM me pictures of the trees because I often miss my home foliage.
Jess covers a little bit of everything and similar to me focuses on a lot of ‘how to’ content. But, I extra appreciate her low waste perspective since she lives in my home state and I know first hand how difficult it can be to make changes without a ton of infrastructure like I now have in California.
/ FOLLOW @IMPACTFORGOOD /
Are there any sustainability accounts that have been inspiring you recently? I hope you found a few new accounts to follow, and don’t forget to check out my account @going.zero.waste!