We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Walters and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christy, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
As a parent, I think the most important thing I’ve done for my boys is teach them how to take care of the planet, and have fun doing it! We enjoy cleaning up litter together and talking to our friends and neighbors about low waste living. I teach my kids that zero waste is impossible because of the systems in place in our world – but we are optimistic for a greener planet in our lifetimes. We plant trees together and take care of our little edible garden. We talk about progress, not perfection; and we like to focus on the good in our daily lives. The most impactful thing we can do as parents, is show our children they’re loved while teaching them to succeed on their own. 

What should our readers know about your business?
In 2018, Reuse Revolution was born from the idea that we can all be better to the planet while reducing our daily waste output. We can reuse fun daily reusable products to help combat our daily disposable trash. After the arduous task of picking up litter for years, I realized that so much of it comes from our addiction to single use products like plastic straws, ziplock baggies, disposable coffee cups, etc. I felt compelled to do more than just share litter photos on my personal social media pages. I knew I had to offer people solutions. I love the quote “If not you, who? If not now, when?” Especially after living through the COVID19 pandemic, it’s been disheartening to see how much litter is disposable face masks and plastic gloves. I opened our first Reuse Revolution brick and mortar shop in Dublin, Ohio’s North Market. We try to be more than just a source of bad news about our planet’s trash problem; we feel it’s important to also offer action steps and solutions. The way we try to help combat this outside pandemic litter issue in our shop, is by partnering with TerraCycle to provide recycling options in our store. Customers can drop off hard-to-recycle items, and we take care of it for them through TerraCycle’s mail in initiatives. I’ve come to understand that there are larger manufacturing systems in place which need to change asap. Recycling isn’t the answer, we need to change the way we manufacture and consume goods on our planet. Corporations need to immediately move towards reusable, sustainable, and compostable packaging NOW before there is more plastic in our ocean than fish, (which could happen as early as 2048). 70% of many landfills in our country could have been recycled or composted. There have been so many challenges along the way in creating my company, many times I wanted to give up. Thanks to my supportive friends and family, and thanks to me, I haven’t given up. We try as much as possible to encourage ourselves and our community, through education, support, and action steps. ReuseRevolution.com platform launched in 2018 to help people have fun with reusable products, share current events, and empower them to get involved in their communities. I firmly believe individuals are empowered to make more sustainable choices. We can first use what we have, then truly judge how an item is made before purchasing it, and bringing it into our lives. We encourage customers to think before they purchase. We care about our community, and believe that progress is better than perfection. Along the way, we’ve learned that not everyone will like your message, many people are in denial, or downright offended that you’re attacking their way of life. Conversely, I have also experienced petty and mean women in the sustainability community here in my local town, which is disheartening. Many people will question what you are doing, because they don’t understand it. Just remember, no one owns sustainability. When I say “community over competition” I actually mean it. When I say I’m an advocate of accessible sustainability, I actually mean it. You can kill someone with kindness, but you also don’t have to be a whipping post. Protect your emotions and your energy. Have healthy boundaries in your professional and personal life. We are all truly in this together, and if you are interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle, there are always free and supportive resources out there for you to enjoy and utilize, including Reuse Revolution. Never let anyone make you feel less than because they have their own issues. You’re on your path, and no one can take that from you. If you have a passion, explore it. Pursue it. But just know, the work is HARD. Even if you love what you do, owning and running a business is intense hard work. Sometimes I forget to eat, and many nights I have trouble sleeping because my mind is racing. Every week is a celebration, and I absolutely adore the small wins. The daily work required to start a company, and then maintain that company, is extremely fulfilling, and extremely exhausting. I have embraced the art of learning as I go. We can’t know everything, everyday. But if we are lucky, we will have the energy and excitement to learn what we need to know every step of the way. Even if you don’t want to start your own company, I would encourage you to be open to continuing learning. Science proves that our brains and our bodies are happier and healthier when we are open to learning new things throughout our lives. I wish you all the best in your learning journey!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Most of my best friends live in the same town as I do, so when we get together we like to go on walks, have lunch at the North Market, support local restaurants like Eat Chapman’s or Hen Quarter, and clean up litter by our favorite river picnic spots. Pre-covid era: we love to support CAPA, and catch their live Broadway shows like: Aladdin, Hamilton, Mama Mia, and the Addams Family; to name a few. We finish our hang outs with a refreshing patio beverage with our families together & repotting succulents or loving on our other house plants.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband and best friend, Pete, has been the single most supportive person to me during my entrepreneurial journey, and the countless books I’ve read along the way that have educated and inspired me. Some notable books that influenced me early on: “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard and Edward Humes’ “Garbology” opened my eyes to the scale of our consumption addiction, and the mostly unseen, but very obvious world of trash.

Website: www.ReuseRevolution.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reuserevolution614/

Image Credits
Annette Ferraro Photography

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