Meet Florine the blogger behind the blog The Wasted Blog and nominee in the ethical and sustainable category of the Asquith Adores Blogger Awards. We asked Florine 5 questions to help you get to know her a little better.
What was the inspiration behind starting your blog?
I have always loved reading lifestyle blogs. Growing up in a very small town in Germany, it was my way to connect with people who had shared interest. At the time I started blogging, I was incredibly interested in the Zero Waste movement and started documenting my efforts to live a Zero Waste lifestyle on my blog. I love the community that has come from that, the conversations and different points of view and how helpful and supportive everyone is.
How long have you been consciously living a more sustainable life, and what prompted you to make changes to the way you were living before?
I grew up in a very health conscious home, where healthy and organic food was priority. But when I moved out to start university 5 years ago, I had to make my own purchasing decisions and – inspired by the likes of Lauren Singer and Bea Johnson, I also started thinking about the waste I was producing and the impact I had on the environment. Ever since then, I have been gradually trying to implement more and more sustainable habits with an eco-friendly agenda.
What are your top tips for someone wanting to live more ethically and sustainably?
One habit at a time. I started in the kitchen, experimenting with plant-based recipes and shopping at the farmers market once a week where I bring my own bags. Composting also reduced my waste output dramatically, so I can definitely recommend it if you have the option. For someone else a possible start might be bringing their own reusable water bottle, asking for a glass instead of a plastic cup or biking instead of taking the car. I always go by the notion that we vote with our money, so keeping that in mind might also be a start.
Tell us one thing that our blog readers may not know about you…
I am a massive foodie and quite a decent cook (if I may say so myself) but I cannot bake to save my life!
And finally, is there anything you would like to share with our readers?
I think it is important to know that our mistakes don’t define the journey we’re on. I have failed on numerous occasions and have learned that it truly takes time to implement habits that last. I take it one step at a time and try to not be too upset with myself when I “mess up”. This year, I have started giving myself one-month challenges in order to create a habit of a certain goal and I have been loving it so far!
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