Talk us through your day – what gets you out of bed?
Typically my alarm which I HAVE to keep in another room so I actually get up. Since, I work from home I always try to have early meetings so I have no excuse to not get out of bed… What can I say, covers are just comfy.
What was the last meal you ate and how did you prepare it?
A big kale salad! I meal prep a lot and kale is one of my favorite foods to prep because it gets better as it ages. I love to rinse it, pinch of salt, squeeze lemon juice and massage it and store it in a big mixing bowl to add to all of my meals throughout the week.
I added brown rice, roasted brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots. Topped with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, two scoops of homemade hummus, homemade feta (from nut milk pulp!) and half an avocado. It’s so good you don’t even need dressing.
When did you decide to go zero-waste – and what inspired you?
What was the most difficult part on the journey to being zero-waste?
I approached zero waste living from a holistic point of of view. When I moved to California, I saw the litter everywhere and I realized that plastic isn’t only bad for our personal health but also for the health of the planet.
Read more about my personal story.
What was the most difficult part on the journey to being zero-waste?
I get asked this question all the time, and don’t like it. I don’t really think there was anything. I think it’s all about how you frame it.
In my mind, going zero waste was like a game. I just did the best I could and if I didn’t do well today, then I’d try to do better tomorrow.
I always sought solace in knowing that I would A. Never be perfect. B. No one would ever be perfect. and C. That I was trying a lot harder than other people.
That always kept my feelings in check. It always made it so I felt like I was doing something fun and achievable.
What does your friends and loved ones think? Do you live with others who agree or disagree to your lifestyle?
It was a little rough in the beginning not having a super supportive partner or family, but things have changed drastically!
I’m not the kind of person that’s going to shove an idea down anyone’s throat. I’m just going to do my thing. If you want to join me, that’s awesome! I share my life and my way of doing things, but there’s no expectation on my end.
It’s been amazing to see the changes people have made just from being around me. I don’t talk, nag, or brag. I just do my thing.
And, even if it doesn’t feel like people are watching - they are. It took my husband about a year, but now he lives pretty much zero waste too!
If you can change one thing in the world, what would you change and why?
Only one!? Aw man that’s so tough. I feel like I need more information… can I change consumer habits? Can I change the way people think? Or can I only change something physical…
I assume you mean something physical? If so, I’d made sure that there was mandatory composting EVERYWHERE.
What’s your favorite part of being zero-waste? Is it the mason jars, or the composting – what makes you happy that you are living a sustainable lifestyle?
My health probably. I had a lot of chronic pain before I started living a more natural lifestyle and now it’s all gone!
I’m always asked, “What’s in your bag” - so what essentials do you take with you in your bag?
I rarely leave the house without a reusable water bottle, but I don’t really believe in carrying around items, “just in case.” I only carry items when I know I’m going somewhere. I don’t normally find myself in situations unprepared, and if I do, i can almost always find a creative solution.
I think that would be another one of my favorite aspects of being zero waste. I love stretching my creativity and trying new things!
If someone wanted to start today in this very moment, what tips or advice would you give that person to sustain this lifestyle choice?
I recommend that everyone start with the big four.
1. Say no to straws. (If you need straws or like them opt for a reusable one. My fav is glass!)
2. Ditch plastic water bottles. If you have access to safe, clean drinking water get yourself a reusable water bottle. If you don't like the taste, get a filter! Charcoal sticks are pretty inexpensive. They say the only last for three months, but I've been using mine for two years. I just keep boiling them and they work fine.
3. Bring your own bags to the store. If you tend to forget, get a couple that fold up real small and attach to your key ring. You'll always be with them.
4. Avoid coffee cups which are actually lined with plastic and unrecyclable in most places. The lids aren't recyclable either. So if you forget a thermos (you can also use that water bottle you have on you!) or don't have time to ask for a mug and drink it in the shop, go topless. You know - without the lid
So, I love food and grew up around my father who was always cooking – describe your dream dinner in detail and guests that would join you?
There are two sides to Kathryn Kellogg. The one who just loves to eat pizza with only her husband, and the Martha Stewart side…. I hosted a lot of dinner parties even in high school.
But, since this is dream world - I would love to host a food waste party! I would love to invite everyone interested in sustainable living and we’d all instantaneously teleport (cause ya know, fewer carbon emissions) And, we’d have a food waste potluck!
All of the dishes would be inspired by food scraps, and we’d talk about sustainability and we’d have a drive where we bring classic zero waste items like water bottles, bags, menstrual cups, nice cloth towels, bidet attachments, etc and donate them people who might not be able to afford good zero waste items up front.
What do you think Max, should we start planning it!?
Any big plans coming up that you want to share? Goals for this year?
The biggest plan is that my book is available for pre-order! 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste! I’m so excited about it, and it has several recipes inspired by food scraps in case anyone wants to get started brainstorming for our future potluck. ;)
What does the future look like?
I’m a climate optimist, and fully believe the future looks bright. I think we’re going to start seeing some major changes in the next couple of years.
But, in my dream world, there’s compost everywhere. People are turning their lawns into gardens. Refilling is common place and available at every grocery store. The sharing economy has exploded with tons of rental stores, library of things and toys, repair cafes and secondhand goods. Everything is powered with renewable energy and there are tons of amazing, well paying jobs in the sustainability sector. There’s universal health care. There’s more music and art. There’s less trash and more connection.
I think that’s a future, I’d really like to live in.
Who would you like next to share their story?
Eva from @KindPlanet