I’d like to give a warm welcome to my friend and new contributor, Maia Welbel! She is a writer and sustainable food activist currently living in Chicago. She’ll be taking on conversations for Closed-Loop Cooking and we are thrilled to have her. You can read more on Maia here.
Last week I got a text from my friend Celia Ristow with a photo of the fattest zucchini I’d ever seen and a message saying she had just plucked it from her garden and it was fated to become an equally plump batch of muffins.
Since Celia recently moved to Madison, sadly too far away from me in Chicago for zucchini muffin delivery, we’ve kept each other consistently updated on all notable cooking and baking endeavours.
Celia is the founder of the blog Litterless, a guide to zero waste living with zero stress or judgement. In addition to being the person I text when I achieve the perfect coconut oil pie crust, she has inspired me to be more conscious of the waste I create, and introduced me to strategies for reducing it.
For our August Interview Series I talked to Celia about starting her blog, moving in with her partner, and finding balance in a zero waste lifestyle.
What first got you interested in environmentalism and the zero waste movement?
I grew up in an environmentalist home. My parents were always conservationists, but in a way that was geared towards wildlife conservation and public lands. Those things are very important to me, but I became more interested in the what environmentalism means for someone who lives in a city or a suburb.
I learned about the zero waste movement in college, but at the time I was living in a dorm and eating in a cafeteria—I didn’t have the autonomy that a zero waste lifestyle requires. So it wasn’t until I graduated from college, when I was grocery shopping every week and cleaning my kitchen for the first time, that it made sense to try to become zero waste.