Eco Warrior Q&A: Cadie Fox

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Cadie Fox is one busy eco warrior!

Aside from running her Instagram blog, Naturally Cadie, the Vancouver Island-based Cadie is a passionate yogi, is just about to begin an undergrad program in entrepreneurship, and is currently planning her zero waste wedding, which is being held in February 2020.

Today I chat to Cadie about how she tries to reduce her daily carbon footprint, how she deals with eco anxiety and also take a peek inside her zero waste beauty bag.

What attracted you to leading a sustainable lifestyle?

I started my journey to low waste and non-toxic living over the last two years. Although I always grew up thrift shopping and being conscious of waste, I really become more aware of this issue in the past couple years.

It all started with diet, as I have been off dairy and gluten since I was a young and eventually stopped eating meat completely shortly after.

I then started incorporating mindful living and yoga into my daily life. I’m in no way perfect but every day I do the best that I can to decrease my impact on the planet.

What are some of the ways you try to reduce your carbon footprint?

I try and reduce my footprint as much as I can in all aspects, from diet to refilling laundry and soap at bulk stores to planning my route by car so that I'm not travelling in circles.

I use reusable produce bags, beeswax wraps, purchase handmade soaps and shampoo, and DIY a lot of my beauty products.

I’m very fortunate to have a variety of zero waste refill shops in my neighbourhood where it is easy to refill everyday items.

Not eating meat and dairy is very important to me, not only for the environment but also for the poor suffering animals who don't have a voice.

To me a pig and a cow are no less important than a dog and a cat. They are all living things with thoughts and feelings that do not deserve what is happening to them.

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You’re a keen beauty DIYer. What is your favourite zero waste beauty recipe?

I love a simple DIY – the easier and less ingredients the better. You won't often see me making anything too complicated with too many ingredients.

I have to say my favourite DIY is my homemade "toner" – simply refill a spray bottle with water and add 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil and voila! It’s perfect to calm and sooth irritation.

I have very sensitive skin and redness is my cheeks so I use it every day (morning and night) and I find it makes a huge difference.

My other favourites include my homemade deodorant, body scrub and make up remover… spoiler alert, they all include one main ingredient – coconut oil!

Can you reveal what else is in your zero waste beauty bag?

Everyday I use my DIY toner and deodorant. I use coconut oil as a make up remover, jojoba oil as a face serum in place of moisturiser, and argeon oil for my hair.

I don't wear make up every day but I do on special occasions and everything I buy must be cruelty free and paraben free.

You can also use coconut oil on your nail beds to help moisturise your cuticles, and as a hair treatment. Coconut oil is definitely my number one multipurpose zero waste beauty product.

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You’re about to start a college program in entrepreneurship and business. Do you have aspirations to launch your own ethical business one day?

Absolutely! I have a lot of ideas in the works. I’ve started creating an ethical baby clothing line you'll have to stay tuned for…

I'm also thinking about starting up a business to help people clean and declutter their homes. I believe having a clean and organised home affects your life in such a positive way. Clear your space, clear your mind.

You’re obviously inspiring a lot of people through your blog. Have you had any luck convincing your partner, family or friends to adopt a zero waste lifestyle as well?

Yes, absolutely! My fiancé was vegetarian when I met him and is open to sustainable living, which I am so grateful for.

He always eats a vegan meal, is happy to use our reusable bags, has cut down on dairy, uses a bamboo toothbrush and natural soap – he's the best!

I’ve also seen some of my family and friends start to use beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap, reusable bags, handmade soaps bars, bamboo toothbrushes, and it makes me extremely happy!

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Climate change news can cause a lot of people to feel anxious. How do you ward off eco anxiety?

It’s definitely a hard one not to get consumed by, but as much as we have to be aware and educated we can't let it consume us.

It’s important to celebrate our wins and be grateful, focus on the positive and on what we can do to be better. Keep moving forward!

I love the quote "We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”. I think that’s exactly true.

I think that what’s important is that the good outweighs the bad, as long as you are trying your best.

Sustainable living doesn't happen overnight, it’s taken me years to get here and like I said, I'm still not perfect.

For me, one thing I will never compromise on is being meat- and dairy-free or buying cruelty free because that’s something that I can never be okay with. However, sometimes I will buy plastic packed berries.

At the end of the day we all need to support each other and do the best we can.

Another tip – practice yoga and reconnect with yourself, as I think yoga is a great way to calm and ease anxiety.

Remember, if we all try our best and do our part, we can make a difference, one step at a time.

Thanks for your time, Cadie!