The Truth Behind a Zero Waste Lifestyle: Q+A with Cadie Fox

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Take a moment to think about all the trash you produce every year. Quite a lot, isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! Our special guest today is living proof. We’re interviewing Cadie, the founder of Naturally Cadie: a stunning and quickly growing Instagram account dedicated to promoting a zero waste lifestyle. 

In this interview, she debunks common misconceptions about zero waste, offers simple and practical tips for transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle, and shares her favorite zero waste DIYs. If you’re curious in taking the first step in your journey to zero waste, this interview is for you!

"Zero waste means hope for Mother Earth and our future generations. It means never contributing to animal suffering or cruelty and speaking up for those who don't have a voice. It means helping people realize that their actions have consequences."

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Tell us a little about yourself and your path to zero waste. Who or what inspired you?

I’m all about living “plant-based, low waste & toxin free”. I currently live on the west coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island, where I was born and raised. Until I matured and had traveled, I realized I would rather live near the calm island forests and be closer to nature and myself, than often disconnected in a bustling city! The city is great to be close to, but I love living just outside of it, where I’m surrounded by trees, ocean, local farms and markets and often wild animals.

Growing up I’ve always struggled with allergies to dairy & gluten and was never fond of eating meat. Sufficed to say with all these allergies it really kick started my healthy eating habits into what’s now known as the plant-based diet, which snowballed into this amazing healthy and sustainable lifestyle. People kept saying, “Oh, that must suck having to eat that way”, but actually it was a blessing in disguise that I’ve come to realize long ago.

As far as zero waste goes, I moved out on my own at a young age and was always penny pinching, not only saving money for food but also thrift shopping, which I grew up doing. I used to be slightly embarrassed but when I started noticing others doing it, it made me feel so more empowered. And then I decided to start @naturallycadie: an Instagram account dedicated to this lifestyle.


What does a low / zero waste lifestyle mean to you? 

It means everything to me! My eyes are so wide open now, I could never turn back! Mostly, it means hope for Mother Earth, and our future generations. It means never contributing to animal suffering or cruelty, and speaking up for those who don’t have a voice. It means helping people realize that their actions have consequences and we must protect our land and try and do everything we can to preserve its natural state. If we all work together, we can truly achieve amazing things! 

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What was the hardest thing for you while transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle? 

Definitely packaged foods, which I sometimes still struggle with, like vegan cheese, tofu and berries.  
 

What do you think are some of the most common misconceptions about this lifestyle? 

That it’s too hard or because someone may feel like doing one thing and not the other, that it isn’t good enough so there’s no need to try, which is absolutely untrue. One of my favorite quotes is: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing zero waste imperfectly”, and thats exactly it! Minimizing and cutting down is the best thing you can do, and sometimes it snowballs into a whole lifestyle, and sometimes it doesn’t, but at least you are trying! 


What’s been the most challenging or surprising thing about living zero waste? 

Honestly, I’m just out here trying to do the best I can within my abilities and that’s all I can ask for anyone else in return. And I had no idea, in the greatest way, how much incredible support I would receive in this community and for that I am so so grateful! It really helps motivate me to keep going and be the best eco-warrior I can be!

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What are your top three DIYs? 

1. DIY All Purpose Cleaner:
+ ¼ cup vinegar
+ 1 litre of water

+ Essential oils of your choice 

Pour all the ingredients into a bottle, shake and clean away! 

2. DIY Toner:

+ Water
+ Lavender oil

Simply refill an empty spray bottle with water, then add around 10-12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and you got yourself a self made toner, calming spray & defrizzer! It’s also really good for hair health & scalp! I’ve been using this multi purpose spray for few years and have noticed a big difference in my skins condition & overall well being! Lavender is naturally calming so it helps to soothe irritated skin & anxiousness.

3. DIY Exfoliator:

+ Coconut Oil
+ Himalayan Salt Scrub 
+ Essential Oil that you like (I like lavender because of its calming effect which is super beneficial especially when using a scrub)

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight sealable container and BAM! You got yourself the easiest, low waste, non toxic exfoliating beauty scrub out there. I use this on my body, face and even sometimes on my scalp before washing to shed old dead skin cells leaving your new, healthier skin super soft and glowing followed by a hydrating facial serum! I love this easy DIY for all of those reasons listed above as well as it’s a great way to reduce waste & unnecessary packaging.


What would you say has been your biggest success in your zero waste journey? 

I just knew I had to help spread awareness! I had no idea how I was going to do this, but all I had to do was start and it would eventually all come together, and I’m so glad I did because now I have so many beautiful connections and support from all over the world! And for me the most rewarding is hearing from from people that I have inspired them to make more greener and more sustainable choices, and that helps me keep inspired!  


What tips would you give to someone who’s new to zero waste?

Taking baby steps instead of diving in head first. I actually prefer using the term low waste, instead of zero waste, because it can seem much less daunting! Remember, this process doesn’t happen overnight, so patience and understand your WHY is key! Once I had my “why”, it was impossible not to care. And again, understanding you don’t have to be perfect. Be patient with yourself!


What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

I have some pretty exciting adventures around the corner TBA soon!


Where can our readers find you?

For now its just my Instagram page @naturallycadie, but I hope to expand that soon!

Thank you so much for your time, Cadie! You’re an inspiration to us all.


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