Today I am so excited to share an interview with Liz from I Spy Plum Pie, a blog that I only recently discovered but fell in love with immediately! Liz covers a whole host of sustainable living topics on her blog, making it an incredible resource for anyone who is looking to start making some simple, sustainable changes in their everyday lives. Whilst I could go on and on (I mean she talks about everything from recycling to cooking vegetarian!!) I will fight the urge and let Liz do the talking instead, enjoy(!!):
I’m Liz, a 28-year old living in Melbourne and I created I Spy Plum Pie for eco-friendly folk who want to learn more about meat-free cooking and reducing their impact on the world around them. I try and help take the confusion away from living a more eco-friendly life through a mix of vegetarian recipes, how-to guides, reviews of natural, organic and/or sustainable products, tips & tricks for sustainable living, as well as vegetarian restaurant reviews. I try to show that it can be fun too!
1) What does sustainability mean to you, in laymen’s terms?
Sustainability to me is all about reducing the impact we have on the planet, so we can leave it in a better shape for future generations. This means using less energy and water, creating less waste and in general just finding ways to tread more lightly on the world. It doesn’t have to be fancy or difficult either – I think it’s all about making small, incremental changes and helping others to do the same.
2) Why did you choose to go down the “green” path?
I’m not sure that it was an active choice! I grew up in an area that is full of green spaces and native plants so my early views on sustainability were based around the protection of open space and biodiversity, which I still care about today!
I then studied urban planning at university and chose lots of subjects that looked at developing sustainable cities and homes, which is all about promoting walking & cycling and designing more eco-friendly housing which sparked a more broad interest in the whole sustainability world. I think a combination of all these things made me really think about all the different ways I could live more sustainably, and find ways to incorporate changes in my life. The more I discovered the benefits of living more sustainably the less of choice it really became!
3) What obstacles have you faced trying to adopt a sustainable lifestyle?
I think because I have made incremental changes I haven’t really faced any major obstacles, I also don’t think people would necessarily look at my life and see it as all that different to their own! The key elements to my more sustainable lifestyle really centre on things like not owning a car, not eating meat, reducing as much waste as possible, cutting down my energy use and the like, and these aren’t really impacted on by other people too much, nor are they necessarily obvious from the outside. I have had to gently remind previous housemates and boyfriends about the importance of recycling in the past though!
4) What values do you think are important for businesses of the future to have?
To me the most important values are about thinking about the cost of their business in the larger sense, which includes both their environmental and ethical impact on the planet and its inhabitants. I’m really loving the introduction of businesses like ‘Who Gives a Crap’ that have found a way to sell us products that we need while still ensuring they are seriously considering their environmental impacts and finding innovative ways to do social good as well. The more of that kind of thing we can have in the future the better!
5) What excites you the most about the sustainability space?
I really love that talking about sustainability is no longer a fringe topic and that people don’t automatically think you must be living like a hippy in cave to be sustainable (not that there’s anything wrong with that either!). I find it really exciting and encouraging that people are really looking for ways to live more sustainably for a whole range of reasons (including economic, which is a totally justifiable reason) and that businesses are responding accordingly. This is only going to grow and I can’t wait to see where it all heads next!
Big thanks again to Liz for taking the time to answer our questions! Be sure to check out her blog for a LOT more. Additionally, you can follow Liz’s daily adventures at:
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