One of my favourite aspects of our business is the people we meet and even more so the people we are lucky enough to work with. If you have been to our Morningside Branch you will undoubtedly have met Sarah – known as Scotty. Bubbly doesn’t do her justice and knowledgeable would be the understatement of the century. So we thought what a perfect opportunity to find out more about Scotty and how she moved to a Plant-Based lifestyle, her sustainability tips and how she navigates the challenges.

Who is Sarah?

Sarah AKA Scottie is your run of the mill crazy daisy.  I love trying new things and am always up for a challenge.  Jack of all trades, there is nothing I wouldn’t give a go at.  I am passionate about people and love all the interactions I have with those around me.  The sense of community being in this store brings me makes coming to work an extra special treat. I am super soppy and love a good happy ending, sentimentality is at my core.

When did you first get introduced to the idea of sustainability?

For as long as I can remember everything throughout my childhood was about sustainability and what we as individuals can do to help our planet out.  The school I went to strived to educate individuals about what can be put into action to help out our planet.  We were taught from a young age the importance of recycling, reusing where possible and reducing our waste.  It has always been dear to my heart to proactively do my part in reducing my waste to help create a more sustainable world for future generations to come… Plus there is no planet “B” and we have a pretty magnificent planet which needs to be looked after.

You are Plant Based right? What was the motivation behind it?

Correct.  Three years ago my family and I decided to make the shift.  This shift was a result of major reasons. Firstly, There is so much packaging and plastic wrapped around nearly everything we buy today.  This being said, making the eating shift around waste allowed for new exciting ways to purchase fresh fruit and veg.  Eating plant based allowed me to grab all my food fresh ‘mostly’ without any packaging.  Sadly, I’m yet to find mushrooms without plastic ( Dom, Sam, any ideas?). Secondly, for health reasons.  I wanted to know that what I was putting into my body was clean and purely for nutritional reasons and to see how it would make me feel.  Still going strong and have not yet felt the need to change back.

What are three things everyone can do today to make a difference?

Three things… hmmm. Let me see.  Well, firstly I know the struggles around menstruation and all the plastic wrapping around pads and tampons.  An easy shift is making use of either a menstrual cup or reusable pads.  They may seem daunting at first but they are so convient (and planet friendly) that in no time the shift is effortless.  Second would be my simple go to and that is carrying around produce bags.  Going to the shops and grabbing a few veggies there always seems to be no choice but to pop them into those small plastic bags before having them weighed.  This way you can still have your veggies in a bag and be guilt free.  Thirdly, a reusable coffee cup is a MUST.  As an avid coffee drinker myself, if I added up the amount of take away coffees I drink, the number of plastic lids I would have gone through would be scary.  It’s always a nice easy way to reduce your waste.

What’s a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner go-to for you?

Typical breakfast would be a superfood, fruit and veg smoothie.  Can’t get enough of a good banana, spinach, pineapple and spirulina smoothie to get me started with my day.  Lunch is often missed if I’m honest, but when I get the chance it is usually a cute salad in a jar.  This, I have tons of fun with.  A salad always has to be a rainbow of colours featuring as many veg as I possibly can, one thing about plant based is the experimentations are must.  Dinner typically includes beans, spinach, sweet potato, avo, tomatoes, peppers with a topping of olive oil and sesame seeds. Always beans!

What is your idea of the perfect package-free pantry?

My perfect package-free pantry would be filled with Jars, all neatly packed from largest to smallest.  Each jar having a label of what its contents is.  It would be the centre piece of my kitchen without doors showcasing just how beautiful a packaging and plastic free pantry can look.  Baskets containing all extra jars and cupboard veggies, such as potatoes and onions.

Favourite ingredient from Refillery to cook with?

Red Sorghum grain.  It is high in fibre and protein.  Mixed with some olive oil, lemon juice, roasted red peppers and tomatoes, topped off with some rocket and you have one yummy salad to serve.

Any last pieces of advice for a someone wanting to live more sustainably?

Start off small, each month tackle one thing you have always wanted to swap out for a sustainable option.  Examples of this could be buying a reusable water bottle and carrying that around with you rather than buying water in a plastic bottle while out.  It is important to remember that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and that each small change you make all adds up in the end.  It’s just a shift in mind set and thinking before impulsively going for whatever option is in front out us.  A little planning could lead to a fun outing to fill up all your gorgeous little jars you’ve been saving, as well as doing our bit for our beautiful planet.