My interest was definitely led by my love for and connection with the ocean. Once I began leading beach cleans in Cornwall in 2016 as a rep for Surfers Against Sewage (an outstanding marine conservation charity, based Cornwall), I realised how desperate the plastic pollution crisis was first-hand, which led me to wonder about plastic-free alternatives and living in a way that was kinder to our planet. But my eyes were really opened when I went vegan, around 5 years ago. When I started to align my actions with my beliefs, I found that a whole new world opened up, which made me feel more connected to our sacred earth and a desire to do what I could to protect it was born. With the day to day awareness and swaps, this was definitely kicked into gear by my housemates, 2 very cool eco conscious vegan girls that I’m so lucky to live with in North London.
It’s actually steered me away from a path that I was pursuing in crystal healing and selling crystals, which is a healing art that I am extremely connected to.I could not justify taking part in something that extracted crystals from our earth, in ways I couldn’t personally ensure were ethical, along with then shipping them to customers all over the world. When I was making a concerted effort to trace back the ethics of my purchases, from food to clothing, to products and services, I simply could not feel I had integrity carrying on and to me, integrity is everything. Not to mention the question marks around labour. I also stopped supporting the use of burning Palo Santo and Sage, two very popular Indigenous natural resources that have become popular in the Western World, due to the uncertainty of their sustainability, as well as the appropriation aspect.