Meet Brittni! She is a charming photographer that recently
discovered the Zero Waste movement and has just begun her journey. She is a
proud shelter dog mom who resides in Downtown SLC with her partner. Brittni was
sweet enough to let me in her home to interview her about this lifestyle
Salt Lake County
Recycling: When did you first hear about “Zero Waste”?
Brittni Willie: About
a month and a half ago—through Instagram.
SLCo Recycling: [Noticing
her reusable items] Did you just get into a kick and buy reusable things?
BW: Yup—it was
that girl’s Instagram’s fault! I got a mug, To Go ware, sippy-cup like lids for
Mason jars, and my metal straws are on their way! I feel that once you have the
stuff (reusable items) you have less of an excuse to say no.
SLCo Recycling: What
idea would you like to share with people who are just starting out?
mugs. I would sometimes drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day! I looked at my
garbage can and over half the space used in it was just plastic coffee cups,
that's when it really clicked that I needed and wanted to do something. I just didn’t
realize that reusable mugs were a “thing”. I thought that people [baristas] were going to think that I’m weird,
but they do this all the time!
SLCo Recycling: Do
BW: Just what’s
offered at my apartment building, which is cardboard and glass. With plastic—I just
try to use less of it.
SLCo Recycling: Have
you noticed a difference in your waste?
BW: Yes! I do not
have to take the garbage out as much. We were wasting a lot at our old
apartment because we didn’t have a dishwasher and we didn’t want to wash
dishes! We used a lot of plastic and paper plates. It got to a point where we
would take the trash out every day and we’re only two people!
SLCo Recycling: Any
pet peeves regarding Zero Waste?
BW: That people
think it’s going to be inconvenient or weird—I was like that too.
SLCo Recycling: Anything
else we should know about you?
BW: A lot of my
friends are vegetarian or vegan and that’s their way of helping the environment
and the animals. This is my contribution.
Are you just starting out your zero waste journey or would
like to know about it, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org