Let’s take the clock back. It was 8 months ago - February, 2020. (you honestly can’t tell me that I’m the only one who feels like February was an actual lifetime ago)
Anyways, my husband I binge watched Locke & Key on Netflix one weekend which is excellent by the way.
A few days later I received a DM from one of the actors - Petrice Jones. What a coincidence! Was it a weird space time continuum thing? Are there really magical keys floating around in the universe? Or was it just fate?
Petrice became really passionate about reducing single-use plastics specifically on set. If you’re familiar with the entertainment industry, then you know sets are chock full of them.
FULL. OF. THEM.
I went to school for musical theatre and have been in enough commercials, films, and modeling shoots to know that craft services is full of single-use plastics, paper plates, and water bottles. So many water bottles.
And, the worst part about all the water bottles on set is that they’re scattered everywhere, and 98% of them are half full. People will grab a bottle, take a few drinks, and leave it somewhere to be forgotten. It’s infuriating.
Petrice and I bonded over our love of theatre and hate of single-use plastics. The more we became friends he began to tell me about his new business venture the One Movement.
But, before we jump into the present, let’s rewind again.
I accidentally became “sustainable” when I was a full-time professional actor. Musical theatre doesn’t pay super great and I was interested in frugal living. Come to find out many of the changes I was making weren’t only better for my wallet they were also better for my health and the health of the planet.
I was absolutely hooked and started writing about these simple swaps on my blog goingzerowaste.com.
After a year, things really started to take off. Before I knew it, I was being covered by every major news outlet and National Geographic asked me to be their spokesperson for plastic free living.
Shortly after, I was approached by a small Canadian startup, Pela, to run their social media and handle their content creation.
I lept at the chance to do something I was super passionate about and under my guidance, their IG grew from 60,000 - 560,000 in just two years.
At the same time Going Zero Waste was blossoming. I was being hired to host events, be a spokesperson, speak, and consult for startups all the way to fortune 500 companies.
I left Pela in March to pursue more consulting and speaking opportunities, and clearly the universe had a plan because not even a week later Petrice asked me if I would be the Chief Sustainability Officer of The One Movement.
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@going.zero.waste our chief sustainability officer is so excited to introduce our partner @plasticsforchange! . . We will be partnering with this AMAZING organization to remove plastic water bottles and lower grade plastics from the water ways and then using them to create something super cool. . . We’re officially launching on 5/1 so mark your calendars. . . We are running an office bet on how many people guess right. I guessed that 20 people will get it right. . . So don’t disappoint me! Use your thinking caps... what could we possibly be making 🧐 #onemovement . . . . . . . #oceanlovers #oceanlover #oceanlove #oceanlife #oceanminded #oceanvibes #oceanphotography #oceantherapy #sealife #oceanlifestyle #lovetheocean #saveourseas #plasticfree #passonplastic #take3forthesea #oceanconservation #saveouroceans #marineconservation #protectouroceans #savetheoceans #protecttheocean #savetheocean #plasticfreeoceans #cleanoceans #plasticpollution
With a title like that, how could I say no?
My job within the company is to make sure that we’re creating an incredibly sustainable and ethical product that I personally would be proud to own and talk about on goingzerowaste.com.
One of my major goals is to also move beyond product and focus on education. I want to mobilize The One Movement audience into creating daily habits that are better for the planet, and I know Petrice is on the same page. I can’t wait to see what we’re going to create together with The One Movement.