EcoParent Ambassadors

Meet our influencers who are leading the movement for a more ethical, eco-conscious and sustainable future for our children.
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Meagan Wilson

Meagan Wilson

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children currently attending the Toronto Waldorf School. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools. @meaganrosewilson | meaganrosewilson.com

Meera Jain

Meera JainMeera Jain is a passionate eco-blogger, a dedicated elementary school teacher, and a loving mother of two young girls. She was inspired to make significant lifestyle changes after watching the documentary A Plastic Ocean. For two years now, Meera and her family have been living a low-waste life while reducing their carbon footprint - and they couldn't be happier! Being an ecoparent to Meera means modelling environmentally friendly values to her children and teaching them to treat the earth with respect and love. @thegreenmum | www.thegreenmum.net

Jen Panaro

Jen Panaro

Jen Panaro, the creator of Honestly Modern, is a self-proclaimed composting nerd and advocate for eco-friendly living for modern families. She's a serial library book borrower, a messy gardener, an avid composter, and insatiably curious. She's also a wife, mom to two boys, and one of five sassy sisters. Honestly Modern, her online space, explores climate action, zero waste living principles, regenerative gardening, and intersectional environmentalism, all through the lens of modern family life. @honestlymodern | honestlymodern.com

Farai Harreld

Farai HarreldFarai 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. 

Sarah Robertson-Barnes

Sarah Robertson BarnesSarah 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.barnessustainableinthesuburbs.com

Sophi Robertson

Sophi RobertsonSophi 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 

LaToya Granados

LaToya GranadosLaToya Granados is the Founder & CEO of The New Mom Show. She is also the co-host of The New Mom Show podcast and a yoga and gardening instructor by trade. LaToya is married to her high school best friend, Andres, and has a 3-year-old daughter named Juliana. She and her family live in SoCal currently but are looking to move somewhere with more trees. She is passionate about doing life, and motherhood in particular, as purposefully as possible. That includes modelling her values for her daughter in a way that teaches her daughter to be authentic, kind to others, and intentional about taking care of the earth and her community. She is obsessed with motherhood and is an advocate for healing, self-care, and green living.  @the_new_mom_show thenewmomshow.com

Alana Kramarchuk

Alana KramarchukAlana 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

Sue ThompsonSue 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_happywww.reachinghappy.com 

Nicole Spring

Nicole SpringNicole 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. @frontierdreamsfrontierdreams.blogspot.com

Ashley Amanda

Ashley AmandaAshley 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

Luci Petlack

Luci Petlack "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

Jessie StokesJessie 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

Jessica PurcellJessica 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

Lindsay Short

Lindsay ShortBecoming 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 

Hannah Walton

Hannah WaltonHannah 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

Natalie Kehren

Natalie KehrenNatalie 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.kehrenholisticworldhealing.com

Rachel Bies

Rachel BiesRachel 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

Jessica Morales

Jessica MoralesA nurse turned Eco-Warrior, Jess is excited to add Eco-Parent to her resume! She made a resolution in 2016 to reduce her family's household waste and has been shuffling towards a smaller carbon footprint ever since. By incorporating changes slowly, she found low-waste living not only attainable but practical as well! On Instagram, Jess shares an alternative way of living that is fun, mindful and Earth-friendly. She hopes to inspire and help families to reach their Eco goals. You can find Jess and her kids planting gardens, forest bathing or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. @babystepstozerowaste babystepstozerowaste.wordpress.com/

Alexa Torontow

Alexa TorontowAlexa 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. @alexatorontowalexatorontow.com

Antonietta Ferretti

AntoniettaAntonietta 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.simplyfreshsimplypuresimplyfresh.com

Jennifer Kalynuik

Jennifer KJennifer 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.comparents.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