Small Cat Big World - Taking on the Zero Waste Movement!
Happy Earth Day everyone!
Back in July we featured some adorable sea glass wrapped necklaces from Small Cat Big World and we figured that Earth Day would be a perfect day to tell you a bit more about this forward thinking small business!
We were able to interview Kirsten about her company and community involvement. If you would like to know even more about Kirsten and her part in the “zero waste movement” (and why she hates that term) Visit her blog!
Here is a little bit about Small Cat Big World…..
LO: What services or products do you offer?
SCBW: I create zero waste alternatives for jewelry and household textiles. I wrap sea glass collected from local beaches and semi precious stones from local rock hounds with wire or string. I sew textiles like facial rounds, cutlery roll ups, draw string bags, and other custom products using fabric scraps and remnants to prevent them from ending up in landfills
LO: Tell us about your self/background
SCBW: I was raised by a single mother. I grew up playing on my grandparents farm, riding horses and lots of camping. I tried university right out of high school, but school has never be an attraction to me. I like working with my hands and found it hard being stuck in a class room, art classes were the only thing that could hold my attention. I have no kids, but my boyfriend and cat have graciously learned to put up with my sewing and crafting mess. I have a full time job doing bookkeeping/accounting so you could say that I'm living 2 lives.
LO: When did you start your company, what gave you the idea to start, what do you love most about it?
SCBW: I started Small Cat Big World in November 2017. I've always been handy and creative, my family was sick of getting jewelry and sewing as gifts for every holiday so they encouraged me to start selling it, I enjoyed it so much it turned into a small business. I love connecting with people at markets and discussing the challenges and joy's of living zero waste and encouraging others to do their part. Small Cat Big World started many years ago with a small amateur blog. In 2017 we partook at our first market and established as an official home-based business!
LO: What do you love about living in the Fraser Valley?
SCBW: Everything is right out your front door or a short drive away. We have beaches and mountains, farmers markets and year round flea markets. The valley is full of cute shops and independent businesses which means I get to shop local and support my community.
LO: What kind of involvement do you have in the community?
SCBW: I'm part of a Community Garden called Sunshine Community Garden (oh look I actually live 3 lives). Not only do I get to grow my own food but we donate to local food banks and work in partnership with Chilliwack Society of Community Living making gardening and green space available to community members with a variety of different capabilities.
I've participated in river and beach clean ups trying to make my community cleaner. And advocate for a less wasteful life whenever possible.
I'm part of an online group that tries to encourage businesses, small and large, to change the way they think about packaging and marketing.
LO: Any final comments?
SCBW: "The most dangerous saying in the human language is 'We've always done it this way'". I f we are not looking for ways to improve our impact, environment and life then how can we be proud of what we are passing down to the next generation? Not doing something because it's hard or "inconvenient" is pretty backwards logic. Sometimes the hard things are the most rewarding, it doesn’t have to be perfect so long as you are making an effort.
Small Cat Big World focuses on zero waste alternatives to jewelry, bath, and home. If you’ve read this entire blog and are not actually sure what the zero waste movement is , I apologize! A quick definition (according to Google) is as follows….
Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. ... It is a whole systems approach that aims for a massive change in the way materials flow through society, resulting in no waste. There are many ways to approach this movement, it sounds intimidating but it doesn’t have to be, check our Kirsten’s take on the philosophy here
If you’d like to read more in depth about what you can do in your day to day life check out this blog post (and more!) from Small Cat Big World.