5 Zero Waste YouTubers to Begin Your Sustainable Journey

by Maryssa Orta
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Ever wanted to do just a bit more for the environment, but didn’t know where to begin? Didn’t know what products were sustainable or which brands to buy from? Don’t worry about it, you can start right here! Getting the information is the first step to any lifestyle change. Remember that not everyone can afford the zero-waste lifestyle, so just do what you can. Check out the Scoop and start your individualized journey right here with some YouTubers!

1. Gittemary Johansen

Gittemary Johansen, based in Denmark is a great zero-waste YouTuber! She shows her audience what it’s like to have this lifestyle and teaches them about ways to do so. Sometimes they may seem extreme (like dumpster diving, which is surprisingly common in this YouTube community) to doable (buying second-hand). Each video informs and entertains.

2. Shelbizlee

Shelbizlee as the second YouTuber on this list who brings a fun and charismatic vibe to her videos. Each one checks her privilege which is refreshing to see in a YouTuber in this community. She constantly makes videos for small ways one can change their lifestyle to a more sustainable one and is sure to make some for those who may not afford the lifestyle.

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Did you know I drive a Prius? (GASP! an environmentalist with a car?!) 🚗 LOL okay I don’t think it’s that surprising. Around 90% of American’s own a vehicle & our society has largely been built around their existence. This has lead to the majority of our transit funding going towards that infrastructure 💨deep breath💨 Whew, okay. Now that we got that out of the way… why am I bringing this up? Because I want to talk about your CARBON FOOTPRINT! Another thing that is seemingly inevitable in modern society. There are greenhouses gases associated with everything we do! The transportation we take🚙, the food we eat🍎 , the electricity we use⚡️ect. But if I told you there was a way to offset those things… would you do it? SURPRISE, there is way! [Okay excuse me being a little cheesy in attempts to make life cycle analysis exciting] I’ve partnered up with @goclimateneutral to offer 3 of you a FULL YEAR of carbon offsets for your entire carbon footprint 👣 (details below). That might sound complicated, but it’s actually super simple. – Head over to @goclimateneutral – Complete the survey to calculate your footprint – Set up your monthly offset accordingly! And BOOM! Each month you will be contributing to climate projects certified by the Gold Standard and that align with the UN's sustainability goals. Alright, alright. So how do you enter to offset a year of your carbon footprint? Simple. GIVEAWAY CLOSED 1.) Like this photo (obv) 2.) Follow @shelbizleee & @goclimateneutral 3.) Tag someone who loves mama earth🌎 (each comment is a new entry so tag as many eco warriors as you’d like) (BONUS) Head to @goclimateneutral, calculate your footprint & let me know your results in these comments! I’ll choose 3 winners & announce them in my stories on Friday! . . . #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #lifewithoutplastic #lessplastic #goingzerowaste #sustainablelifestyle #ecofriendlyliving #environmentallyfriendly #wastefree #waronwaste #lesswaste #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #lowimpactmovement #planetorplastic #choosetoreuse #ditchthedisposables #reducereuserecycle #packagefree #zerowastehome #bringyourown #ecolifestyle #lessplastic #noplastic

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3. Sustainably Vegan

Sustainably Vegan is a YouTuber that covers all topics of sustainability from beauty tips to grocery shopping. Also, she focuses on minimalism, recipes, and low-impact living. So there’s a wide array of videos to choose from! She has a playlist for beginners, so you can get started when you’re ready!

4. Sedona Christina

Sedona Christina is another YouTuber with lots of information to give us. She too covers the basics and the advanced techniques. Another great thing about this YouTuber is that she also checks her privilege. This is an expensive and inconvenient lifestyle to adopt, so the people most advocating for this change saying this offers some relief. Her videos are fun and informative!

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I took these photos the other day after taking a moment to set goals for May. BUT, now a few days have passed… and I sit here acknowledging some wrongdoings… For two years or so, I've been doing this journaling practice of setting monthly "intentions." But if I'm honest, it had been a while since I'd done this. The last four months went by in a blur. I realized I’d fell out of this routine. Isolation brought me back to journaling. Oddly enough, I'm feeling closer to journaling than ever before. Brought on by a perfect storm— having a less "forced" approach to it, combined with having just moved in with my partner (+3 roommates). Journaling gives me a moment of solitude that I can't find anywhere else right now. I've never really had a "daily" journaling practice, and I still don't just yet. But now more than ever, I'm feeling it's benefits/importance. ANYWAYS my point here, is that I took a moment to set monthly goals the other day… Last month, my partner and I set a goal to study something new 1hr every day. We used an old calendar to check off days we studied. I actually followed through, and felt proud of myself. There were a couple days I forgot, so I'd add an hour to the next day to catch up. It was tough. Implementing a new habit is rough. But we did it. And I learned SO much! This month, when I sat down to set goals, I kept writing and writing. I realized I’d written down more than 10 goals, so I cut a few, and ended with 7. Now I sit here, a few days later, calling myself out. Sure, these goals sound swell and important for me, BUT I know from past experience, that if I set TOO MANY goals at once, they don't happen. I've found that where I've found success, is when I have ONE (measurable) goal, that I can do easily every day. THAT is when I feel change. One at a time. So this month, I choose to focus on what I call my "M-Th/F creating split" (probs too long to explain in caption… & not that you probably care haha). I'll also put a checklist in the same spot we used to check off days last month. Also wanna say! IF IT’S NOT YOUR TIME TO SET GOALS, THAT’S OKAY! More than okay! It’s (now more than ever) all about whatever makes You feel best 🤍

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5. Girl Gone Green

Girl Gone Green is the last YouTuber on this list, but she’s still amazing! Her videos are much like the others above: they cover basic and advanced techniques with a fun personality. However, she doesn’t focus on just sustainability, she also specializes in mindfulness and D.I.Ys. So you can learn a new skill and be informed.

These are just some of the greatest green YouTubers, though there are plenty more out there! This lifestyle change is a big one to make and not easily accessible. But if you want some more information to contribute just a little, then this is a great place to start.

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