G: When did you start becoming interested in the environment and sustainability?
Jo: I have always been eco-conscious. One of my earliest memories (staggeringly at the age of 3!) was on a ferry heading to Amsterdam, I remember feeling sad for the fish that we were driving above and thinking how noisy it must be for them down there. This natural care and curiosity carried through to my school days where I headed up the eco-committee and played Snow White in our sixth form pantomime wearing a dress made entirely from recycled crisp packets.
G: What inspired your journey to living a more sustainable and low impact lifestyle?
Jo: My love of the natural world and distress at its destruction has always been there. When my partner and I moved onto a canal boat 3 years ago my yearning to make as little of an impact on our natural world really came to the forefront. We were hyper-aware that everything we put down our drains would end up in the waterways that we had grown to love, so I began only buying and using natural products. Then, after witnessing the abhorrent amount of single-use plastic and packaging washing up in the harbour every week - I began my journey to drastically reduce my own waste.
G: What were the first items you swapped after this realisation?
Jo: My aunt kickstarted the simple swaps by buying me a bamboo toothbrush 2 years ago (she's always been ahead of the curve). We then swapped to solid soap and shampoo and began refilling our washing up liquid using a reusable container. Before we knew it we were tooled up to tackle each day without obtaining single-use anything!
G: What inspired you to start your Instagram account @WasteNotBristol and what did you learn through doing so?
G: What do you think about the accessibility of eco-living?
G: So what did you decide to do about it?
G: Were you worried that people may not be interested?
G: So what are your plans going forward?
G: What products come in the kits?
G: How can everyone get involved and help the cause?