Hello, dear readers!
As this is the “about me” page, I suppose I need to write about me! Well, my name is Stephanie and I’m a 30-year-old teacher living in Vancouver. I love the ocean, mountains, rock climbing, architecture, reading, cycling, making stuff, art, volunteering, yoga, travelling, stuff made out of wood and the colour red.
I’ve been called a little bit granola by more than one person; I might agree and say I’m a hippie at heart. I have two tattoos and too many piercings. I’m a long-time environmentalist and vegetarian and I prefer to live from the land if I can (despite living in the city). I believe strongly in volunteerism and grass-roots / guerrilla activism.
A few things about me:
-My favourite colour is red.
-My favourite foods are strawberries, sushi and iced tea.
-My favourite movies are Back to the Future and Sophie Scholl.
-My favourite books are Needful Things and Lovely Bones.
-My favourite city is Lagos, Portugal.
-While I do have a car, I keep it uninsured and rely on my feet, public transit and my trusty bike to get around.
-I don’t smoke and I rarely drink, but I do have a vice in the form of bad teen movies. It’s true.
-On top of not eating meat, I have wheat and dairy sensitivities, making my food choices fairly limited. That said, I *love* food and am certainly not a picky eater.
-I have a secret phobia that will not be shared here!
As Stephanie, I work as a Montessori primary teacher at a private school directly across the street from a popular beach. I prefer not to buy anything plastic for my classroom and am slowly trying to replace anything plastic that was there when I started. I enjoy talking to the kids about environmental issues and in general try to foster a deep connection with the environment. I tend to stay below the radar and am otherwise not too outspoken about my beliefs on plastics.
But as my alter-ego Plastic-Free Girl, I definitely become more outraged and defiant! My goal is to stick it to the big guys: the government and the manufacturers. Most of all, I aim to bring about change in the most important people of all: you! If one thing I say causes you to pause and refuse the next straw/lid/bag/etc that you’re given, then one can safely say that Plastic-Free Girl has done her job!
So, stay tuned to the Amazing Adventures of Plastic-Free Girl! Same plastic time, same plastic channel.