Our wonderful workshop manager and resident eco expert Claudi has written a book!
Small Steps to Less Waste: stories to inspire change is released at the end of March with Hawthorn Press; a Stroud-based independent publishing house.
We’re so proud of Claudi’s wonderful achievements as a positive driving force in the fight against waste, she constantly inspires us as a small business and as individuals, and we really hope her work will inspire you too.
We spoke to Claudi about her background, her new book and her tips for getting started in your journey to less waste:
1- We know you well as our resident eco-expert, but for those who don’t know, tell us a little bit about your background and experience with living plastic free?
I am a German-born, long-time resident of Stroud in Gloucestershire, which is at the forefront of some very exciting initiatives. Extinction Rebellion started in Stroud, as did the Stop Ecocide movement. Stroud is also a Transition Town, an Earth Protector Town, and the world’s first Bee Protector Town! In July 2020, the entire Stroud district which includes many Cotswold towns and villages, was awarded the Plastic Free Community status by Surfers Against Sewage. I am proud to say that this is the result of a community initiative we started a few years ago with the help of amazing volunteers, supporters and local sponsors. It all started when my family and I stopped buying plastic for one year in 2016 and I wrote a blog called Living Without Plastic chronicling our journey. The interest this sparked was tremendous and led to talks and appearances on TV, Radio, in newspapers, at festivals and, now, a book collaboration with a local publisher.
2- Tell us a little about your new book Small Steps to Less Waste
The book tells the stories of 10 people from our local community who made significant changes in their lives towards creating less waste. Some like us, cut out plastic, others work in slow fashion, run repair cafes, or give upskilling workshops. Offering simple alternatives to mass-produced, shop-bought, highly packaged goods, the book demonstrates how people of all ages can develop the skills and courage to make, create and look after what they have, rather than throw away and buy new. Each chapter shows the reader how to make something, with recipes and methods, introducing ideas for making things you may never have thought of making before (such as toothpaste).