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My Journey to Resource Responsibility

For me, it started with food. Having a family member that regularly speaks in front of the USDA against companies like Monsanto and their use of GMOs (genetically modified foods), it’s just become ingrained in me about the benefits of eating organically. Then in my early 30’s, a doctor advised me to quit a prescription acne medication like a hot potato should I get pregnant. It was that night that I went home and really started to question what I was putting into my body. Food was one thing but now medicine. What else was there to consider?


Along my journey, I found some really amazing friends that were open to these types of conversations, long before the trend of being well. We were open enough with each other to talk about food, Western vs. Eastern medicine, mental health, and so much more. It’s incredible how these conversations can expose you to layers of knowledge, experience and education.


For several years now, one of these amazing friends, @staceydlusk, and I would travel to a yearly wellness event. It was our weekend away from husbands and kids to dig into ourselves. It was and is self-care at its very best. During these events, we get exposed first hand to amazing manufacturers like Navitas Organics, Kosmatology, and Erin’s Faces, that are dedicated to creating clean food and beauty products. We sit in on seminars that open us up to the global challenges such as the water crisis and living with less, to making mediation bracelets and opening up our chakras. It’s our time to learn and grow.


Stacey has helped me evolve beyond food and my clean beauty routine. She’s helped me discover what she calls my “waste journey”. Sexy, right? I’ve spent more than a decade dedicated to growing and expanding my clean living but I never once thought about my clean environment. Or for that matter, our clean environment!


Think about it. These non-toxic, organic products we spend hours curating and are putting into our skin and in our hair, what’s the packaging like? Are they made of plastic or glass? Are the materials recyclable? As a country, we can endlessly debate plant-based vs. keto diets but if we are eating either with plastic utensils, what good is to our water and marine life? Did you know that on average, the plastic spoon is used for less than 15 minutes and will be on our planet for more than 1,000 years?


It was then that the light bulb went off, and I did my best to become resource responsible. I now keep a set of metal utensils and an organic cotton napkin at my office and I always have a stainless steel water bottle and coffee/tea mug with me. My hand soap and cleaning products are now kept in glass bottles. We switched from paper towels to rags and I even got my husband (slowly, mind you) to ditch the plastic produce bags for organic cotton reusables.


It’s life changing to say the least. So much so, that Stacey and I created Rowdy Elephants, which helps businesses, schools, restaurants and events become their sustainable best. It’s our way of giving back everything we have learned along the way and encouraging others to embrace living resource responsibly.


This year you can find us at multiple events including one with the EPA & EPD, as well as working alongside our darling friend @gabrielledauria who started @wellsceneatl. We’re also in a handful of schools in ATL and now hitting the road to Charlotte.


Want to get Rowdy? Interested in learning more? Reach out to me at leah@rowdyelephants.com

And yes, I carried my metal water bottle to Italy and back! Here’s a shot of the hubby and I on our most recent trip abroad.

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