Jen Panaro is a self-proclaimed composting nerd and an advocate for sustainable living for modern families. She's a serial eco-entrepreneur who runs Honestly Modern, a site focused on eco-friendly living for families as well as WasteWell, a company through which she provides local curbside composting services and educational resources for at-home composters. You can also find her work on Raising Global Kidizens, which offers resources to help parents and caregivers raise the next generation of responsible global citizens. In her spare time, she’s a serial library book borrower, a messy gardener, and a mom of two active boys. @honestlymodern | honestlymodern.com
Farai Harreld is a Post-Partum Doula, Folk Herbalist, Urban homesteader, Writer, and Caregiver. Currently living and loving in Kaw and Osage land in Kansas. A mom with a love of life and penchant for all things minimalist and eco-friendly. Farai is a writer and blogger at faraiharreld.com and podcaster for blackminimalists.net. Her passions include empowering people to reclaim simple herbal medicine as their birthright and becoming a good ancestor. Find her over at @thehillbillyafrican on Instagram.
Sophi Robertson lives a low waste lifestyle, since 2016, with her husband and daughter in Toronto, Canada. Sophi, also known as @yourecofriend on Instagram, is a Zero Waste Speaker and Consultant and works for Spent Goods as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Her goal is to make a sustainable lifestyle fun, practical and accessible. She strives to educate, inspire and empower people to reach their eco goals through waste reduction and community activism. She is very excited to join the EcoParent community and plans to share her tips, tricks and struggles of living low waste, mental health and parenthood. You can usually spot Sophi wearing something yellow and laughing loudly while dancing or learning to roller skate. She has been featured in Toronto Life magazine, CTV's The Social, CBC's Marketplace, CTV News, The National, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. @yourecofriend | yourecofriend.ca
Alana Kramarchuk is a passionately organic homeschooling mom. She is a certified organic crop farmer, herbalist, safe food advocate and owner of Earth Valley Organics - a regenerative eco-farm and place for healing. She grows commercial herbs & medicinal plants for her community and companies such as St. Francis Herb Farm and LUSH Manufacturing. She is a member of the Toronto non-GMO coalition and advocates for the importance of unmodified, toxin-free food. Alana is a former public school teacher with a Master's in Education from the University of Toronto, and now educates others about sustainable living and regenerative food growing practices and habitat preservation. It is her mission to instil environmental stewardship through Youth initiatives. Alana is passionate about making a difference through community, education and inspiring others on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. @earthvalleyorganics_alana | earthvalleyorganics.com
Sue Thompson is a wife and mother of daughters residing on the east coast of Canada. This homeschooling, adventure-seeking, simplicity parenting family can be found camping, hiking, gardening, biking, swimming, skating or just snuggled in planning their next memory-making excursion. Sue believes in living simply and enjoying the breathtaking beauty that can be found in the seemingly mundane “everyday” moments. She believes that happiness falls easily into our laps some days, and other days one has to reach for it. She tries to share the beauty in her days while crafting, baking, learning, reading as a family, hoping to inspire others to seek connection as a family as well. @reaching_happy | www.reachinghappy.com
Becoming a parent is what sparked Lindsay Short’s passion for sustainability. Thinking about the state of our planet through her daughter’s eyes sprung her into action! Now an avid gardener, environmentally imperfect vegan, and lover of all things simple, Lindsay delights in sharing her mothering journey towards a more simple and sustainable way of living. Simply Sustainable Parenting is the space that Lindsay uses to invite parents to begin the journey of simplifying our lives for our children to better protect their planet. She shares everyday mothering inspiration, sustainable swaps and practical encouragement to simplify in order to raise more grounded children. @simply.sustainable.parenting | simplysustainableparenting.com
Nicole Spring is the mama to a Waldorf homeschooling, nature-loving, garden harvesting, simple living, organic-powered family just trying to remember the beauty of the simple things every day. After what feels like a lifetime of wishing and planning, she is finally living out her frontier dreams with her own little Pevensie tribe of four children (but hopes to adopt more!) on a homestead amongst the Amish in Pennsylvania. Nicole believes in compassion and empathy and feels they will help make our world a better place. She is a people-loving, introverted, unorganized mess and doesn't try to hide it. Thankfully, knitting, canning, homesteading work, and soothing crafts calm her nerves. You can usually find her outside wrangling her feathered flock or inside, creating herbal remedies and nature crafts - always with a camera in hand to document her days so she may look back at these glorious yet exhausting times. @frontierdreams | frontierdreams.blogspot.com
Ashley is a Canadian homeschooling mom of two, who started Bumps to Bundles while trying to conceive her first child. Bumps to Bundles is a Youtube channel dedicated to educating first-time moms and has expanded to incorporate conception, pregnancy, newborns and homeschooling. The inspiration for her eco-conscious parenting philosophy started in her teens when she was heavily influenced by her Aunt, who raised her children with vegan and eco-friendly choices. Ashley enjoys adventuring and exploring the outdoors with her family and commits to raising her children to be advocates for a healthier planet. She is a strong believer in open-ended play and alternative/eclectic schooling. Ashley makes environmental stewardship an important component of her children's education. @play.with.sunshine | Bumps to Bundles
"Stylish and Doable Sustainable Living" is this inspiring influencer's motto. The voice and thinker behind Luci's Morsels, Luci Petlack has been in the blogging world of fashion, food, and travel since 2012 when she was earning her PhD in History. In 2019 she shifted gears toward leading a more sustainable life and working naturally into her loves of fashion, food, and travel. Luci shares her expanding knowledge and questions with her followers, seeking to show that living a more eco-friendly life doesn't have to look the same for everyone. Passionate about living happily and sustainably, Luci shares her journey through making long-lasting choices for style, food, travel, and family. She lives in northern California with her husband and a baby boy who keeps her on her toes. @lucismorsels | lucismorsels.com
Jessie Stokes lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, toddler son, and rescue pup. She founded the Tiny Yellow Bungalow online eco shop and sustainability blog back in 2015. For the past five years, she has been and continues to share her passion for all things zero waste, plant-based, and eco friendly through educational blog posts and her convenient one-stop eco shop that she operates from her own home. Jessie is a firm believer in progress over perfection and encourages others to take simple eco steps in the home. Whether it be using cloth diapers or thrifting for kids' clothes, or simply encouraging our children to respect nature and the planet, she believes we can all make our homes just a little more sustainable. You are most likely to find Jessie on Instagram Stories, experimenting with her own herbal concoctions, testing out shampoo bars, sharing her best zero waste hacks, or whipping up a tasty veggie meal. @tinyyellowbungalow | tinyyellowbungalow.com
Jessica Purcell, the founder of Thoughtfully Sustainable, is a Chemistry teacher turned stay-at-home mom who is passionate about making the science of sustainability accessible to all learners. She creates simple sustainability science experiments, written in English and Spanish, that can be done at home in an effort to teach students of all ages how interconnected humans are with the rest of the natural world. Jess lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats. She can usually be found outside, working out the kinks of an experiment, up-cycling trash into “treasure,” hiking with her family or attempting to read a book while being cajoled into a game of hide and seek. @thoughtfullysustainable | thoughtfullysustainable.com
Hannah lives in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She previously worked in the software industry before following her heart to be a stay-at-home mom (who ironically almost never "just stays at home"). She is a big believer that there is "no such thing as bad weather" and can be found almost daily exploring the marvelous mountains and forests around her home. Though, to be honest, some of her favorite days are spent with falling snow, hot tea, blankets, and reading books with her daughter by the fire. She is an advocate for natural parenting, raising children to be stewards and lovers of the earth, and sustainable living. She hopes that by sharing her story, others will be inspired to connect with their inner #EcoParent. @hannahbandanarama
Rachel is a registered holistic nutritionist (CNP), private chef, entrepreneur, wellness expert, teacher, host, + solo mama. After years in fashion, she decided to take it to the plate and make nutrient dense food yummy and pretty! Whether it’s feeding busy families, entrepreneurs, corporate zoom cooking classes, brand collabs or chasing a nearly two-year-old - Rachel embraces “messy chaos”’. Community, travel, giving back and being an ecoparent is a huge inspiration to all that she does. Whether it’s teaching and helping clients eat more local, pump up their veg or a no-waste kitchen - Rachel tries to keep it fun, delicious + nutritious. A lover of creation + inspiration, you can find her in her off time in the kitchen or exporting all things food, lifestyle, + wellness with a dose of FUN. @rachelbies_ | rachelbies.com
Sarah Robertson-Barnes lives with her husband and two elementary-aged children in the suburbs of Toronto. She has a background in neuroscience and has been a high school teacher and a medical writer. Sarah runs a blog about low waste living in a culture of convenience and their steps toward a simplified life. Sarah believes that living a sustainable lifestyle with kids is not only possible but critically important for our future and theirs. She hopes that by sharing what works for her family, her readers are inspired to make changes in their daily lives as well. Sarah follows a plant-based diet, lives on a farm in her mind and would like a small one in real life someday @sarah.robertson.barnes | sustainableinthesuburbs.com
Natalie Kehren is a Toronto based woman who has always been a dreamer, an all or nothing-er, a seeker of truth, empowerment, and freedom. After choosing to live her life as she dreamt it to be, she saw becoming an entrepreneur and business owner as a way to make it possible & merge all her passions into one. Natalie is the founder of Holistic World, co-founder & creator of The Wellness Market, the creator & mentor of the transformative program series Healing to Begin, and a leader in the wellness community. She believes we have the ability to reach our highest potential possible by discovering what holds us back from living authentically. With a background in Holistic Health with certification as a C.N.H.P, a Creatrix of Sacred Women’s Circles, and a Spiritual Director, her personal and professional journey led her to focus on energetics as a way to help women find their spiritual identity so they can begin to create and live a life they love. @natalie.kehren | holisticworldhealing.com
Alexa Torontow blends traditional wisdom with modern medicine for women and children. She is Pre/Postnatal Yoga Instructor, Nutritionist, 3rd Year Naturopathic Medical Student, and Mother. Her health crisis in her early 20’s was the catalyst for diving into the health and wellness world. After experiencing a radical health transformation through nutrition, acupuncture, yoga, and the use of herbal medicines, she decided to dedicate her life to studying the art and science of health and vitality. Alexa is passionate about sustainable living that has a positive impact on our health and the environment. She provides tools and practices that leave you feeling confident in taking the best care of your unique self and family — in a sustainable (and enjoyable) way. @alexatorontow | alexatorontow.com
Antonietta Ferretti is an educator and lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. In 2017, she began documenting recipes she would create for her family on her blog, Simply Pure Simply Fresh. After her second child, Antonietta quickly realized her family’s lifestyle was doing more harm than good, and a change had to occur. What began as a New Year resolution to reduce her household waste quickly emerged into a new lifelong journey of sustainable living. Inspired by her own parents’ humble upbringing on the farm, there was much to learn about living a more simple life, even in a busy city. Her passion for food and its nutritional value has inspired her to pursue an education in Holistic Nutrition. It has become Antonietta’s mission to educate, inspire and share her passion for sustainable cooking with others. Food waste is an ongoing global issue, which can be reduced by following some simple steps in the kitchen, and Antonietta hopes that by sharing her knowledge, others will be inspired to do the same. @simplypure.simplyfresh | simplypuresimplyfresh.com
Jennifer Kalynuik is a Canadian blogger who lives with her husband Andrew, two littles Abi & Brooks, and pup Ellie. She has a passion for creativity, communication and connecting with people. In 2015 she founded Little Lunch Love, a kids food blog focusing on fun and healthy litter-less lunches and snacks. Her lunches have been featured in people.com, parents.com, published in 'The Simple Lunchbox’, and Jennifer has been on the Marilyn Dennis Show. In 2020, she rebranded her blog to Little Love Lifestyle after moving to her cottage 2 hours north of Toronto. Her family purchased the cottage with plans to make it their future 'Country Home' but decided to fast-track the move and renovations after COVID-19. Every day has been an adventure for Jennifer and her family as they explore the countryside and embrace all that it has to offer. @littlelovelifestyle | littlelovelifestyle.com
Tess Czulinski and her family of four - plus three chickens and one dog - live a low waste lifestyle in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee. She began to truly love and understand the natural world while studying Biology as an undergrad. Since that time, her love and respect for our earth has continued to grow and she is hoping to instill that same love of nature in her children. She shares tips on homesteading in small spaces, bulk shopping, cooking with cast iron and sourdough and green parenting topics such as cloth diapering and home birth on her YouTube channel and Instagram @naturally_tess_ .
Renee de Ronde
Renee de Ronde lives outside of Toronto with her husband and 2 children. Feeling a strong connection to the natural world from a young age, she has become a passionate and vocal advocate for the environment. In 2019 Renee started The Eco Fam, a page that highlights tips for living more sustainably, how to be an environmental steward, and how to raise children that will do the same by instilling a love of the environment. She hopes to lead by example and empower others to see that we all have a responsibility to protect our planet, and that chance is within reach. You can follow her family’s journey at @theecofam on Instagram.
Angela Moscarelli is the mother to four beautiful children, a wife to her high-school sweetheart, Chartered Professional Accountant by trade and future Holistic Nutritionist. She is also the blogger behind GuidedWellness.ca, an outlet where Angela shares delicious, healthy recipes that are easy to prepare, and kid approved as well as valuable meal prepping strategies to help other busy executives get a healthy meal on the table even during the busiest of weeknights. Passionate about living a more ‘simple life,’ Angela and her husband packed up their family and moved out of the city to a hobby farm to be closer with nature and enjoy the wide-open space. She believes in living a balanced lifestyle as close as nature intended when it comes to nutrition with emphasis on whole foods and in everyday home living and beauty choosing clean + green and natural DIY alternatives. When Angela is not in the kitchen, you might find her outside enjoying nature with her kids, gathering fresh eggs from her chickens or simply enjoying a glass of wine with her husband. @guidedwellnessbyangela | guidedwellness.ca
Growing up in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, former public school teacher Franziska Shelton has been exposed to a Rudolf Steiner inspired pedagogy from an early age on. Some of her most vivid childhood memories include foraging for berries, herbs and mushrooms, acting out fairy tales amongst the ruins of medieval castles, and spending many cold winter days crafting by the fireplace. Based on her upbringing and education, Franziska has always believed that establishing a healthy and holistic home environment is critical in allowing children to freely explore the world around them. In accordance with her passion for a Waldorf inspired education, Franziska is a credentialed secondary science teacher and holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a mother to two wonderful children, an artist, and a wife to her loving husband, Matt (@waldorfdads). In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Franziska decided to start a lifestyle blog to share her passion for holistic learning with other like-minded women. @my_seasonal_treasury | www.myseasonaltreasury.com
Chayce (Chase) Dye is a childcare provider and eco blogger who lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two young kids. On her Instagram and blog she teaches parents how to slow down and simplify, reduce waste and live more sustainably, and raise happy and healthy children. Chayce runs a home daycare and preschool program where she focuses on teaching kindness, a love for nature, and inspiring imagination. She can be found experimenting with plant-based foods in her kitchen, creating educational and low waste activities for preschoolers, out camping and enjoying nature, or cuddled up on the couch with a coffee.
Tasha Medve is a full time eco influencer and blogger. She is the founder of The Purposeful You - a sustainable living and lifestyle blog. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Conrad, rescue dog Zoe, and their two year old Quinn. Her sustainable journey started when she was expecting her first child. Making conscious choices in the home and purchases for their growing family became a huge priority. Tasha is passionate about inspiring purposeful choices in your daily life that positively impacts your well-being, animals and the planet- it's The Purposeful You's mission! Tasha focuses on sharing attainable eco-friendly lifestyle tips with her followers in the home, garden, on the go and as a parent. She fills up when she is connected with her community and loves collaborating with small business owners who are making a difference in the world. Be a part of the community on Instagram @thepurposefulyou or sign up for her newsletter.
Laura Durenberger is the founder and creator of the blog Reduce, Reuse, Renew, which acts as a guide to help you live with less, in a sustainable way. She is also the creator and host behind the podcast Raising Eco Minimalists, a podcast that acts as a resource and community for those raising kids who care about their mind, body, community, and planet. Laura lives in Minnesota with her husband, son, and three cats. She is an avid home gardener, with a passion for providing seeds, materials, and education for anyone who wants to grow their own food. Aside from gardening, Laura can be found hiking, biking, paddling, camping, volunteering in her local community, and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid mental health advocate, often sharing her own journey through anxiety and depression. Finally, she believes that building and connecting with local community is the key to solving a lot of the big issues we (and our kids) face today. @reducereuserenewblog | @raisingecominimalistspodcast
Katherine Steck (Kat)
Kat Steck is a mom of 2, thrifting addict, and self-proclaimed jar hoarder living in Nashville, Tennessee. She is passionate about helping others (especially moms) opt out of consumer culture, buy less new junk and use what they have. After challenging herself for ethical and environmental reasons to buy no new clothes for a year she realized she could adopt a lifestyle of buying (almost) nothing new and wanted to encourage others to join too! She loves sharing secondhand finds, budget-friendly sustainable living tips and simple living mom hacks on Instagram at @thejunkyardjournals.
Lacy is a photographer and homeschooling mother of three living in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about slow living, nature, books and Waldorf inspired learning. Lacy and her family moved from California to a small island in northern Washington to pursue a simpler life. Now they spend their days exploring, sailing and soaking up the beauty of the island. Lacy loves using her camera to document the seasons and capture everyday moments spent baking, crafting and gardening with her family. Over the past couple of years, she also discovered a love for herbalism and foraging. Lacy uses her online platform to inspire families to live simply, in harmony with the natural world. @lacy.arrowsmith
Anita Chan is the founder of @WeTrashTalk – an online resource that educates people about how to lower their carbon footprint in simple and accessible ways. She lives by the 6 Rs of the recycling hierarchy: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost). Her mission is to educate and empower individuals towards sustainable living. She firmly believes in the approach of inspiring change and leverages her platform to teach others how to make eco-conscious choices to ensure life for future generations. @wetrashtalk
Summar (Sammy) Saad
Summar is a PhD candidate in anthropology and lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. Starting her blog The Cozy Home Chronicles in 2015 as a creative outlet to document home projects and DIYs, she found herself sharing more about her family’s journey to live simply and sustainably. While she loves cooking, gardening, and learning (among many other things), she especially enjoys deconstructing taken-for-granted assumptions around consumption, success, and happiness. She hopes that by sharing her reflections and lifestyle, she can inspire others to cultivate contentment and coziness in socially and environmentally responsible ways. When she’s not homeschooling or writing her dissertation, you can find her @thecozyhomechronicles
Krista Lii is a homeschooling, nature-loving mother of four living in Ontario, Canada. She’s also a professional photographer with an emphasis on outdoor lifestyle. She loves working with brands that reflect her values; wellness, natural parenting, eco-conscious and outdoor living. Her passions include growing her own food, exploring the local forests with her children, and getting out into nature every day, no matter the weather! Her family adventures are shared on Instagram @kristalii