Each week, we ask someone about their zero waste approach.
This week it’s Rosalia from Rosalia.Dsb Instagram account
Hello Rosalia, and thank you for agreeing to tell us a little more about your waste reduction habits.
In a few words who are you and what do you do for a living?
I am curious and a jack of all trades and I think that’s why I chose to be an actress. I love to learn, discover and still amaze myself. My maxim would be “All life there are always first times”. In fact clearly I still have 10 years in my head.
My actress part and my green part created together a conf’up (stand up conference) My life in a jar. I share my tops and my flops there in my mad rush towards zero waste and minimalism. A way to exonerate people with humor and above all self-derision.
At the same time, I offer individuals and businesses support based on a systemic method to help them move slowly to waste reduction.
What was your trigger to turn to a zero waste approach?
Nature and the environment have always been present and important in my life. As a child, I did not have fun tearing off the legs of insects, I preferred to talk to them and give them names. Zero waste appeared in my life at a somewhat dark time. At that time my health was not at the top. But meeting Béa Johnson changed everything.
Zero waste was for me the means to act a little more deeply on my environmental impact. Il faut savoir que j’arrivais de Savoie (le paradis sur terre pour moi) à Nantes (la paradis de la consommation et tout ce que cela implique)
Rosalia, what daily actions can you reduce your impact on the environment the most?
We all have a stainless steel bottle, we do almost all our shopping in bulk.
Minimalism also helps reduce our consumption of unnecessary items. We turn to the second hand (which I was already doing as a teenager to the dismay of my mom). We clean up with 3 basic products, and I try DIY for cosmetic products, and it is not always a success. We apply the 5Rs * as much as possible according to our skills, our abilities and the time we have.
Let’s talk about handkerchief, because here, it’s kind of our specialty! Do you use handkerchiefs?
Yes, but I admit that the periods of severe colds or we are all sick at home at the same time, complicates a little. We have recovered some from our families or bought in a resource center.
What would motivate you to use handkerchiefs all the time?
To have a little more because the man and the child tend to lose them or forget them in the back of the bags or their pocket. I’m still looking for handkerchiefs.
Je craque aussi parfois en ressourcerie sur la beauté d’un mouchoir brodé, la couleur d’un tissu.
And when I take out my handkerchief, I think of the tree that has not been sacrificed for 10 seconds of blowing.
What do you think of ernest & lulu organic handkerchiefs?
The idea of a product made in France in organic fabrics appeals to me a lot. And the graphics are really pretty. Who could resist?
Any advice or a simple trick to help our readers reduce their waste too?
The first piece of advice that I would have liked to receive is: don’t put pressure on yourself.
Look at everything you do already. Getting around by bike, a pub stop on the mailbox, buying seasonal vegetables, a pretty gourd in your bag. There is no such thing as 100% zero waste. And wanting to set goals that are too high can get tired quickly.
So take it easy, step by step.
Do you have an Instagram account or blog we can follow you on?
I’m on instagram under the name rosalia.dsb; I share some tips there but also all the news of my conf’up My life in a jar.
Rosalia, Nantes, 43 years old
* 5R: Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost
If you would like to discover the other interviews, go to the Zero waste interview section.