Sustainable Blogger: Sabs Katz
My name is Sabs Katz.
2. Where are you from?
I am from Houston, TX.
3, Where do you live now?
I live in Brooklyn.
I do marketing part time for a local wellness center, and content creation for my blog.
5. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been living a low impact, vegan lifestyle for the last 4 years. About 3 years ago as a senior at Boston University, I started my blog @sustainablesabs to document my journey and connect with like minded individuals around the world. I have since moved to Brooklyn, had the opportunity to meet other low impact and vegan people within my community, and hope to continue spreading the message of sustainable living.
6. When did you decide to become a vegan and what inspired you to do so?
I was vegetarian for a year after reading the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. On my one year veggie anniversary, I challenged myself to go vegan for a week and if I liked it, I promised myself I’d stick with it and if not, I’d just go back to being vegetarian. It ended up being a lot easier than expected, and after doing more research about the animal industry, I decided to stick with it.
7. What influenced you to start your zeroed waste journey?
My junior year, a friend and I were going to move in together for the semester and she told me about this zero waste lifestyle. While I protested at first, we decided to challenge ourselves just for the semester. I ended up loving it and have stuck to it ever since!
8. What have been the biggest changes you’ve had to make to live a zero waste lifestyle?
I think becoming more of a minimalist is the biggest change I’ve made. I used to be a shopaholic, I’d buy clothes just to buy them and would have tons of trinkets and knick knacks around my room for the heck of it. Moving around so much in college definitely helped me downsize, but going zero waste encouraged me to think more about buying in general. I realized that having things didn’t make me more happy but my experiences and my relationships with friends and family are what truly make me happiest.
9. What do you struggle with most living zero waste?
There are a number of things, but one tough one I’m thinking about now is buying electronics. I am skeptical about buying secondhand in case it doesn’t work, and I don’t want to buy new because they use up so many resources and have been linked to slave labor. I have to be really careful about all of my purchases!
10. What have you learned since transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle?
I’ve learned that money isn’t everything; we can all make a difference one way or another; people are always more important than things; and how to make my own kombucha, tomato sauce, and deodorant.
11. What is your advice to those who want to pursue a zero waste lifestyle or cut down on their waste?
Take it one step at a time, there’s no rush. Make habit changes slowly so they feel sustainable for you. And remember that the most sustainable item you buy is the one you don’t buy and use what you have at home (yes, even those plastic Tupperware containers) before going out and buying new ones!
12. What is your motto in life?
Nobody is perfect, but often times we can strive to do better.
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