We don’t really have to go the whole way in order to live a waste-free lifestyle, or eliminate meat from our diet army-style.
There’s a nice little corner called ‘balance’ between doing good for the planet and not bending over backwards.
Instagram is a chockful of amazing, awesome and inspiring people and organizations that feature thought-provoking, inspiring eco-friendly ideas, recipes, tips, news, updates, and of course, selfies with plants, animals, and food.
Their insightful tips online aligned with our mission and vision of leaving a better world for our children through our actions, so I thought I would share them with you.
So, without further ado, here’s a short list of 8 green-packed, waste-free, eco-friendly, vegan-inspiring Instagram accounts I think you should check out.
Although WWOOF was the acronym for Working Weekends on Organic Farms in the beginning, as the organization began to spread its wings across the globe, it evolved into either Willing Workers on Organic Farms or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
They take you around to eco villages, brewing and production places, nature centers, environment centers, pottery and art houses, or healing centers, and it’s a breath of fresh air...ALWAYS!
You’ll also find updates about workers’ and farmers’ experiences in farms across 130 countries.
Paula is a certified plant-based nutritionist who is focused on herbalism, horticulture, and general good vibes.
Based in Germany, she actively shares pictures and stories about nature, human emotions, herbs, what’s growing on her balcony, gardening, and yoga.
Her daily picture feed of fresh fruits, daily meals, pretty selfies, eco-friendly lifestyle tips, journaling, self-reflections, picture-perfect jars of chia pudding, and basketful of just-picked fruits and vegetables might incentivize you to start a new journey.
3. Bea Johnson
By far the most influential and acknowledged environmentalist and a strong advocate for living an eco-friendly lifestyle, Johnson was dubbed the ‘The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” by NYT.
A Zero Waste lifestyle changed her life for the better. The cultivation of the lifestyle saved her money, time and she shows you it can be chic, cool, and stylish too. She wants you in!
Her thick portfolio of activism includes talks at Universities, companies events, conferences and at renowned corporations like Google, Pixar, Adobe, the European Parliament, and the UN.
From her humble home, Heather White stands strong when it comes to spreading the word of Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot throughout the world.
Having sailed out of the comfort of her Pacific Northwest home to remote islands only to witness how these beautiful natural refuges are often tarnished by washed-up plastic pollution, she made it her mission to question mass-consumerism.
“As a mother, I care about the legacy we are leaving for future generations. I don’t want them to inherit our mistakes.”
5. Shia Su, WasteLandRebel
When they were dating, Shia and her husband, then-boyfriend, wondered what life would be like when they were grown-ups. Living a waste-free life wasn’t on the cards.
Today, the couple encourages people they know to try removing as many unnecessary things in their lives as possible. With patience - slowly and steadily.
Through their instagram account, we see how they teach families how to shrink their carbon footprint through everyday decisions, and we get glimpses of their friends' sustainable lifestyles too. It’s such a bonus!
They’ve been interviewed by Live Kindly, Mind Body Green, HuffPost UK, Mother Earth News, and Life Hacker.
6, Girl Gone Green
"No Judgement Zone", "Everyone Starts Somewhere!", "There's No One-Size-Fits-All to Sustainability", and "It's Unique to You"
This Colombian-American Instagram powerhouse runs a selfie-filled, personal and idea-filled account that shows her passion for sustainability.
What inspires me when I watch her is that she doesn’t push anyone around her to buy into her ideas. She just hands it to you gently, asking if you would like to give it a shot, the same way she did during her TED Talk.
“No matter what you do, you will never be zero ZERO waste. Even shopping at bulk stores, even THAT produces waste. You just don't bring it home. All that bulk has to come in packaging, even if it's recycled bulk, it still comes in packaging. So, even if you accidentally end up using a plastic straw...(takes a deep breath)...it's OK."
She’s also brutally honest about herself, realistic about her expectations (and failures), so it's easy to connect with her.
7. The Cheap Lazy Vegan
Rose, a South Korean-born Canadian, was, perhaps, one of the first few Vegan Youtube accounts I hobbled along to find on the Internet. Ever since trying out one of the mashed pumpkin and coconut milk pasta recipes, I was sold!
Today, she’s come a long way, published recipe books and all.
What I like about Cheap Lazy Vegan is she’s unpretentious, sometimes awkward, has a supportive community, and once failed to make rice properly. Unimaginable for an Asian. #lol. #kidding.
Through her Instagram account, she continues to spread the word about how vegan food can be cheap, lazy, healthy, and ABSOLUTELY delicious.
If you’ve been trying to cram some vegs into your kids’ meals, tuck into one of her tips and tricks here. Your kids will never know what hit them.
8. We Are Veganuary
The name might be a little confusing at first but it makes sense because it started off as a non-profit organization that encourages people all around the world to try going vegan in the month of January (appropriate timing after all that feisty feasting at the end of the year).
This year, 2020, more than 400,000 people took on the pledge to try out a vegan diet. She roped in hundreds of restaurants, international companies, and supermarkets to help promote the cause.
She’s also managed to bring on the movers and shakers of the food industry like Gregg’s Vegan Steak Bake, Pizza Hut’s Pepperphoni Pizza, KFC's Vegan Burger, Subway's Meatless Meatball Marinara and Marks & Spencers’ No Chicken Kievs.
Before you go...
So, there you have it! Some of my favorite eco-friendly Instagram accounts. I hope you find them useful and inspiring too.
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