Blog: Mama Eco
Adoshi: How would you explain Mama Eco to those who aren’t familiar?
Shannon: Mama Eco is an online resource for anyone who wants to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly life. I truly believe that people want to live more sustainably but just don’t know where to start. When it comes to shopping, I’ve done the research and vetting for you so that you can get what you want from companies that give a shit without sacrificing your wallet, your time, or the planet. My mission is to encourage you to buy well so that you can buy less, and in turn, live sustainably and lower your environmental footprint.
Adoshi: Do you have a favorite recent post?
Shannon: Reduce your Amazon Packaging in 10 seconds is definitely one of my favorites since it’s an insanely easy way to lessen your footprint. The blog post encourages people to take an active role in reducing the packaging from Amazon.com. I like to make things as easy as possible, so I set up a contact form where people simply have to enter the name and email associated with their Amazon account. The email request goes directly to Amazon, and Amazon responds directly back to the person (usually within 6 hours). If only making a sustainable change was always this easy!
Adoshi: What is your Trash Tracker, and what role does it play in your blog?
Shannon: My Trash Tracker is part of my 2018 New Year’s resolution. Basically, I am tracking every plastic bottle, plastic straw, plastic utensil, and plastic bag that I use for the entire year. The tracker is a way to hold myself accountable, but it’s also a way to encourage people to do it themselves and follow along on the journey.
Adoshi: What are some of the best eco-conscious products you’ve tried recently?
Shannon: Shampoo Bar Dulse and Rugosa. I just started using this about a month ago and it's great. It leaves my hair squeaky clean and eliminates the need for shampoo packaged in a plastic bottle. Also, I use Smart Klean Laundry Ball. Truthfully, I started using this over a year ago and I absolutely love it. It’s a chemical-free alternative to laundry detergent. You put the laundry ball into the washing machine instead of detergent and it cleans your clothes. I explain the scientific process of how this is actually possible in my blog post: “Detergent-Free Laundry…oh yeah, it’s a thing.” I also use ECOlunchbox. I bought it for my recent trip to Trinidad and I’ve used it a ton of times from the plane ride over there, to eating out, to taking food on the go. It’s a food container made out of stainless steel. It’s the perfect size for a full meal and it is light enough to carry around in your bag. All of these products are available through MamaEco.com!
Adoshi: Do you have any daily routines or exercise regiments that help you relax?
Shannon: I meditate every morning for about 15 minutes. I am currently using the Headspace app, but I also sometimes listen to meditations on Youtube or simply do an unguided meditation on my own. I tend to go through phases of different meditation practices to mix things up a bit.
Adoshi: Who are some of your favorite eco-friendly bloggers?
Shannon: To be honest, I follow environmentally conscious Instagrammers more than I do bloggers. Some of my favorites are @Zerowastechica, @cupswitch, @thereaction, and @garbageactivist. These people are sharing their journeys every day, and that’s really inspiring to follow along and learn from. Instagram has been really helpful in finding like-minded people from around the world who are as eager about the environment and about living sustainably as I am. I also really enjoy the fact that we can interact with each other on a regular basis, which gives you the comfort of being part of a community.
Adoshi: If you had to pick one clothing brand to shop at for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Shannon: Truthfully, I haven’t found it yet. I’m still in search of a brand that feels like me. My style is classic, clean and simple, and it’s hard to find a company that has that feel and also prioritizes sustainable, ethically made clothing. I’ve never been a fan of shopping, to begin with, and as I have become more conscious about what I buy the search becomes even more difficult since you’re not just considering how it looks, but also how it’s made.
Adoshi: Where do you get your news from?
I try to listen to NPR in the mornings. First, the National Newscast, and then the local news station. It gives me a quick neutral summary of what’s going on in the world.
Adoshi: Any words of advice or encouragement for those reading who think living an "eco-friendly lifestyle" would be too difficult for them?
Shannon: It takes effort, but it's not too difficult. I know it can feel overwhelming when thinking about climate change and how bad our plastic pollution problem is, but it's so worth it and becomes easier as you start to make changes. The best advice I can give is: try to focus on one thing at a time. This month, think about your bathroom routine. How can you avoid plastics with your shampoo or your toothpaste? Once you’ve found a solution you are comfortable with, move on to the kitchen or find a good eco-friendly option for eating out. It starts to have a snowball effect where once you start making changes with one thing, it begins to inform how you do other things.