At long last……Waste Less Living is excited to announce the revival of our blog: “Urban living…the Waste Less Living Way”. What? You didn’t know we even had a blog….well, yes, in fact, we do, but it has been dormant for a while and didn’t have an official title because……[insert millions of excuses here!]. OK….all kidding aside, we are ramping up our outreach efforts because over the course of the last few months, our community of Waste Less Living supporters, partners and customers has been growing, growing and growing! This blog of ours is intended to maintain an on-going line of communication and dialogue with you…to share all the wonderful, creative, and easy to do things our team of dedicated staff have been coming up with to ‘waste less’ in their daily lives. The blog will also serve as a repository of posts addressing a variety of environmental concerns that keep creeping up in our society as they relate to waste and our natural resources….with the objective, of course, to strengthen the case and argument that COMPOSTING is the answer to many, if not, ALL of our environmental problems.
When you subscribe to our blog, you will be able to follow us on our journey as we charge forward with carrying out our mission and expanding our business. The blog will have posts to report on the numerous ways you CAN integrate ‘waste less’ ways and sustainable practices into your own lives…..without having to compromise your standard of living. We intend for our blog to be a turning point and resource base from which you can learn about the small steps you can take to make change on a larger scale…because it is what WE, our staff, are doing already. Posts to our blog will be uploaded on a regular basis by several contributing authors who make up our current team. I guess this is a good time to introduce you to a few of them…….so here goes:
Stella Franco-Allen has been with Waste Less Living for over a year now and has proven to be such a valuable asset. She is one of our premiere Account Representatives and truly enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge about composting and sustainability. She is a mother of two daughters, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Cal State LA, and has recently completed the Sustainability Resource Management training program from California Resource Recovery Association. Stella is thrilled to have her 14 year old daughter, Miranda Allen, to partner with to post and share their enthusiasm and ideas on how to “Waste Less” at home and at school. Miranda Allen, a freshman at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, holds her own accomplishments in helping to better the environment and getting her home and school communities involved. Awarded City of Pasadena Outstanding Recycler Award 2008 for the category of Individual Voluntary Development of a Source Reduction Program along with designing, executing, and servicing programs in the community, at school, and in her neighborhood; Miranda is well equipped and energized to share the benefits and needs for recycling and composting.
Jim Pickering has joined the Waste Less Living team. He has always been interested in green technology, and truly understands the need for sustainability. He is in the process of getting his CRRA Certification, and hopes to follow up by pursuing his LEED Certification in Operations. He has extensive experience in the corporate world doing in Marketing, and more recently consulting, doing branding and process improvements for small businesses. His love of the outdoors has made him acutely aware of the impact we have as individuals on the environment. He is passionate about making a difference without being obtrusive. He adds “you can make an impact by making subtle, but significant thoughtful changes”. Awareness and education will help affect consumer buying habits and eventually how manufacturing is done. He has a particular interest in reducing excessive packaging and packaging materials. Jim resides in Altadena, and has lived in the area for twenty years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Design & Marketing Communications from San Diego State University, and is the father of two teenage children.
Quoleshna Elbert, too, recently joined our team. Quoleshna (also known as “Q!”)Graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree emphasizing Art, Marketing and Environmental Design. Her path shows a passion for valuing people and resources while actively pursuing healthy community: whether it is through creating social media on behalf of a non-profit organization promoting parental involvement in our youth’s education; or volunteering as Community Care Coordinator for the Arroyo Time Bank (a not-for-profit encouraging local economy in Pasadena). Quoleshna personally engages in the art of resourcefulness by uncovering the treasure found in surplus fabrics; from which she develops tasteful, artistic handmade clothing, accessories and home decor. She’s always excited to share similar inventive finds and is happy to be part of a team offering its knowledge, resources and daring on behalf of those who want to walk the road more fruitful!
So, with the introductions out of the way…..you can now subscribe here to theirs feed” to receive notifications of our latest blog posts. If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of something big, meaningful and life transforming, then join in on the conversation and be a part of our journey! Better still…tell your friends and family to join in and subscribe to our blog.”