Hey, Green Junkie!
Ever just had one of those girl chats that really just warmed your heart and re-ignited your passion for something you care deeply about?
That’s exactly what happened in this episode with Jessie Stokes. We chatted about everything from her business, to raising kids in an eco-friendly world and everything in between.
We had such a good time riffing about green living and I hope you walk away with as many nuggets of wisdom as I did.
You won’t want to miss this episode where we discuss,
- How Yellow Bungalow came to be
- The great debate – Is shipping or in store shopping more sustainable
- How to talk to your kids about sustainable living
- How to make your kids’ clothes last longer
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TRANSCRIPT FOR EPISODE 43
Stephanie Moram 0:07
Hey Green Junkie. I'm your host Stephanie Moram and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Jessie Stokes, the founder of Tiny Yellow Bungalow, which is an online shop and also a sustainability blog. She lives in Athens Georgia with her husband, toddler son, and rescue pup. For the past five years, she has been and continues to share her passion for all things zero waste, plant based and eco friendly to educational blog posts and her convenient one stop eco shop that she operates from her own home. If you love learning new ways you can reduce your impact on the environment. Please subscribe to the Green Junkie podcast on whatever platform you get your podcasts. That way you never miss another green living episode. Hi, Jesse, thank you so much for being here. I'm super excited to have this conversation with you today.
Jessie Stokes 1:00
Hey, I'm so excited to be here. This is gonna be fun.
Stephanie Moram 1:04
So first off, I'd like you to tell us a little bit about yourself and your family. And how you kind of got started on this, sustainability journey.
Jessie Stokes 1:13
Yes, so I started Tiny Little Bunglow years ago, and it was just a blog. This was pre family. I was actually living in Houston, Texas at the time and it's hard to explain exactly how everything got started. But at the time, it was the first time I've ever had my own space with like my own backyard, not living in an apartment. And I started wanting to learn about composting and gardening. And I was having so much fun learning about it, I thought, “Hey, I wonder if my friends and family might want to learn too” so I started a blog just for fun, just you know, just writing about whatever I was learning about in my mind. I didn't think it would be anything more than just a hobby. But from there, I started the Tiny Little Bungalow online shop. And that was basically because so as I was learning about sustainability, I was learning a lot about eco friendly products. And I was struggling to find eco friendly products online. Obviously, where I live, there was nothing, you know, I couldn't find that type of thing. So I was looking online, and I would order things and there would be a lot of greenwashing on stuff wrapped in plastic. And I thought “Man, if only there was a one stop shop that I could you know that people could feel like they could trust.” Everything goes in the shop, it's going to be sustainable going to be good for the planet. Because at the time that didn't really exist. Now, you know, there's lots of eco friendly shops popping up all over the place, which I love. But there wasn't really that at the time.
Stephanie Moram 2:46
When did you say you started? Tiny Little Bungalow, what year was that?
Jessie Stokes 2:51
So I started blogging in 2015. And I started the shop about a year later than that. But it wasn't like, Oh, I'm starting a business. Let me just buy hundreds of products. It started with like bamboo toothbrushes and reusable bags. That was it.
Stephanie Moram 3:11
Yeah. And you know, six years ago, like you said, it wasn't the trendy thing to have this, and so it must have been more difficult for you to find stuff. And you mentioned you live in Athens, Georgia. So Let's call a spade a spade. It's an area that is not as eco friendly as maybe perhaps other like maybe the east coast and west coast. So you must have been struggling you said you were struggling a little bit to find those eco friendly products.
Jessie Stokes 3:40
I really was it, you know, it was just when like bulk shopping and stuff like that started to become popular. And I didn't see a lot of that where I lived in. And I figured that, you know, especially in Georgia, especially in the south, but also in a lot of just small towns, that people probably didn't have access to a lot of that kind of stuff. And I wanted to make it easier, so that people you know, say you wanted bamboo toothbrushes, but you didn't know which ones to get because there's so many different ones to order and, you know, making sure that it's actually ethically made and sustainable. That's hard. It takes a lot of research. And so yeah, that's why I started the shop. I just wanted to make it easier, like easier and fun to be eco friendly.
Stephanie Moram 4:25
And your shop – do you find you get a lot a lot of your sales or your customers do you find there were local or do you get from like all over the US like all over the place?
Jessie Stokes 4:35
A little bit of everything I've noticed in more in the more recent years, that it's been a lot of small towns like I mean, Georgia, obviously but a lot of my customers are from small towns and I think that's because in the beginning you know when I very first started most of my customers came from California or New York and I think it's because they these people that live in California are already mindful of the environment. And I think now those places probably have like brick and mortar shops that are eco friendly. But there's still so many places that don't have like an actual eco friendly shop in their town. And so now my customer base is more like small town folks, like me. So it's great.
Stephanie Moram 5:21
Like, imagine, like rural towns where, like you said, they don't have access to, I guess, you know, like, maybe more like rural areas, because, like, there's less access, right? So it's perfect. Having these online shops, where you have like, plastic free packaging are zero and zero waste shopping. Because now the small town, these people live in smaller towns that it could take them two hours to get to a bigger city can have access to these things. And then I imagine this is what I would do, I would buy a lot of stuff at once to just reduce on shipping costs and also reduce the amount of waste being created by buying these packaging, right? Do you find that? Since you have an online shop where you know, a portion, a large portion of your customers are in these smaller towns? Do you find the bigger orders versus like small orders? Like once a month or every couple of weeks? Is it like bigger orders? Because it's having a less impact on the environment by having a bigger order?
Jessie Stokes 6:15
Yes. So I think that's, you know, that's really confused, confusing a lot about sustainability as sometimes people feel like, you know, in store brick and mortar store is more sustainable than shopping online. But like you said, it really depends on factors like how far away the store is from you know, if you're going if you run into to the store to just get one thing. If you're carpooling riding with some friends, you know, if you're already going out and running some errands, while you're already out, you know, the sustainability of an online shop can be it can be more sustainable than shopping in person for that reason, just you know, for driving in your car and stuff like that, because you have to think about it too. Like the products that are in stores. They're getting to the stores by being shipped like they are, they're being shipped to so like, right? It's just different, you know, what the sustainability of things is just different. And it's a little confusing. But yes, I think for people that don't have big boxstores or eco friendly stores, it's especially nice to have an online store that you can get the stuff at. And yeah, definitely ordering larger orders at one time. And I always ship stuff in reused shipping boxes, reused packing materials, so that I tried to make it extra eco friendly.
Stephanie Moram 7:37
And I love that so much that what you're packaging, like your boxes, it's old box, like old boxes, you know what I mean? That you're not, I'm gonna go to Uline and just buy all these boxes that are all the same size, because I want it to be aesthetically pleasing. But that's the one thing I like about online shopping, or companies that are sustainable companies that can do this is that when you are shopping at a, you know, an online store that truly does care about the environment, they are using old boxes, yeah, they're using old, paper, old, whatever they got from when they ordered something or when you receive your box of stainless steel, whatever, it came in a box, it came with paper. So you just take that and reuse it. I think it's smart, because you're saving money and you're reusing.
Jessie Stokes 8:27
Yes, it's actually eco friendly, not just a, it's not just aesthetic sustainability, we will get caught up in about like how things look. And not just, you know, the best thing you can do to live sustainably is using the stuff that you already have. And that goes for people that own little shops as well, you know, try to use what you already have. It might not be gorgeous, you know, just beautiful packaging, but it is better for the environment. So that's the whole point.
Stephanie Moram 8:56
I 100% agree. And I think that, you know, some people do like to get their package package in a certain way and blah, blah, blah. But like you said, the most sustainable thing that you can possibly do. And I think you know, you're walking the walk when you own an online store that you're promoting sustainability and a blog that's promoting sustainability. And then all your shipping stuff is brand new. When you have boxes upon boxes that you get from your orders and all the paper you get. So yes, when I order from online, and it's an old box, like my heart, like turns green, like yay, they did it. I don't care if it's an Amazon box. I don't care what the box is. It just it just shows that hey, they want that one step further and you really really care. I get it that big stores might have it might be harder. Yes. They don't ship from their home. Right. They have warehouses and warehouses don't necessarily have it's not easy to reuse boxes, but when it's a small shop I love loves seeing that. A friend of mine who owns a shop, she's an inventor and she owns Big Bee, little bee, and she's really on a mission to get these small businesses to reuse their boxes, reuse stuff and tell the consumer Hey, this is on lifecycle number four, you know, like, it's just, it's so cool to see that. It makes me happy to see those things.
Jessie Stokes 10:30
It was just making me think of, so I have a friend in town that gives me she orders things that have those biodegradable packing peanuts in them. Yep. And so I've been using those in my orders for a while now. And you know, at first I was writing on the boxes to the customers I was writing, hey, don't throw these away. They're water soluble. Can you please compost them? Or can you you know, you can put them in your sink. Like they're not trash, I promise. I was writing that because I was thinking maybe they don't know that. Well, for one. They're secondhand packing peanuts, but also the compostable packing peanuts. And so now I have a little card in there that explains you know what to do with it. But I feel like as a shop owner, I feel responsible for that to you know, and to make sure that people know, you know how to responsibly get rid of the packaging that I ship stuff into, you know,
Stephanie Moram 11:22
Yeah, and it's, it's great to have that card in there. Because probably when your friend received the box, there was something in it that stated, hey, you can put these down your sink, or you can compost them or whatever. And your consumer probably just thinks they're Styrofoam
Jessie Stokes 11:38
And they're like, What is this?
Stephanie Moram 11:41
Like, are we just sending Styrofoam in 2020? That's so 1982
Jessie Stokes 11:49
Yes. So I yeah, they're not only eco friendly packing peanuts, but they're second hand packing peanuts. And I hope that my customers will use them to like, you know, use them to send stuff as well. Or they're also really fun for kids to play with.
Stephanie Moram 12:07
So doyou know, if you have friends or family or people in your community that have like old small boxes and stuff do solicit people like, Hey, if you have any boxes you don't want anymore, and there's a right size that I need for my online store. Do you take them like? Are you like by nothing Facebook groups or stuff like that to try to find boxes, so you don't have to buy any?
Jessie Stokes 12:27
Yes, I have a group of friends that are pretty, like, they pretty regularly bring me boxes that you know, if they have online orders that they've bought things from, they just collect them at their house, and then they'll leave them on my front porch. And it's so nice because they're doing it because you know, they care about the environment. And they know that I can reuse them. So it's really great. My family does that too. Whenever we get together for the holidays. All my family is like Jesse open up the back of your trunk, and we've got tons of boxes for you.
Stephanie Moram 12:59
Here's your present, we didn't buy you anything just your boxes.
Jessie Stokes 13:04
And I even do that at Christmas when everyone's opening their presents. I'm like don't don't get rid of the boxes and hand them all back to me.
Stephanie Moram 13:12
I love that. And what kind of things do you sell in your shop?
Jessie Stokes 13:19
Oh, a little bit of everything. I have over 100 products in my shop now. And it's mostly just grown from what people have asked me that they want it. It first started out things that I needed myself. So it was looking for like yeah, like bamboo toothbrushes and reusable produce bags and shampoo bars. But as it's grown people have been like, you know, I'm looking everywhere for an alternative to dish soap, and I can't find it. Like can you help me find something that's sustainable? That's a good option. And so I hunt and hunt. And then I try out a bunch of different things. And then I carry my favorite one.
Stephanie Moram 13:56
Oh, nice. So you're really tailoring the experience to what your customers want? Yes, exactly. And is there any times where like, this just isn't selling? Like? It's just not a product that people want? Will you take it off of off quote unquote, the shelves of your online store?
Jessie Stokes 14:13
Yeah, yes, I've had. I mean, that has it's like for any shop owner, I've had things that I just think they're gonna be awesome. And then they just aren't just people decide they're not into that or it just hasn't worked out. And so yeah, I'll move on to something else. And then there's some stuff that I'm like, I would have never thought people would like, and then they go crazy for it. Like I just recently got rechargeable lighters.
Stephanie Moram 14:40
Oh my gosh, they're so amazing.
Jessie Stokes 14:43
People have been going wild for those and I had my mind I was like, I mean I think it's a good idea but people I mean, it's hard to keep them on my virtual shelves like people love those.
Stephanie Moram 14:53
I don't use a lot of candles but I I'll use like a candles like if I'm like burning sage or like burning something. My son likes to have candles. So we get like non scented candle candles made of beeswax. So we had a lighter that I don't even know why probably for like, looks like it was from the 80s it was so old, we just have like random light, I'm like, I'm gonna use it till it no longer functions, right? That's the whole point of stainability Even though it's crappy, keep using it, it's not hurting me. So I use it and I was about I was like any minute now and even now there's gonna be no more fire. And so I started Googling, like, rechargeable lighter. And then some lighters I found rechargeable then I found other lighters that were like better for the planet. And I'm like, I still don't want that I want something that I don't have to keep buying something over and over again. Yeah, I stumbled on this company. I don't even remember what they're called. And I found them but then to get stuff shipped to Canada is like next to impossible half the time. So then I had to shop take that brand because they wouldn't ship to Canada. And then I was Googling where do I find those, those lighters are accompanying and ship it to me. So it's even more confusing sometimes when you live in Canada to get to you. So I finally found them. And they're the reason I liked them. And why they're probably working so well for you is they're great for kids too, because they're not going to burn themselves. And my son is nine and he likes to light sage around the house and he likes to like the candles. And we're not fumbling with like matches or an old school later, he just, we turn it on, and I watch him and make sure he doesn't burn the house down. And he likes it and it's safer. And I just think they're really smart. Because all you do is charge it and you're gonna have this later for pretty much ever.
Jessie Stokes 16:35
Yeah, they're supposed to be just that you just have that one lighter for the rest of forever.
Stephanie Moram 16:40
And so it's I don't I can see why they are flying off the shelves.
Jessie Stokes 16:46
And I mean, I thought it was a good idea. But I just never know, because there's some there's some things that I'm like, Oh, I think it's good idea. Isn't but that is one that I know is a good idea.
Stephanie Moram 16:58
So off air we were chatting a little bit. And you know you, you mentioned that you didn't grow up in like sustainability. I didn't either. Really, it was kind of all like self taught, like my own journey. And you didn't grow up, grow up in a family that was environmental, and you kind of transitioned and now you have a little boy who's four. So I like to talk a little bit, you know, how you mesh your sustainability values. So you have your online store, and you have your blog, and you're educating people outside of your family. But how do you incorporate that into like your parenting with with your son, like, you know, how do you, you know, teach them the values of caring about the planet and all this and how does you know he's four? He's not 12 But how did they respond to that? I like for me, my kids. That's all they know. My kids are loving it nine. All they know is this, like when they the funniest thing is when they go to the school, and we buy made good organic granola bars. And they see another kid with it, they come home, they're like, I found another organic kid for like, oh my gosh, I found another kid like, and it's just they've embraced it. Because it's all they know. So imagine with your son, and you know, other children you may perhaps have, it's all they're gonna know, but how do you incorporate that like eco parenting into like your everyday life? Like any, any tips or tricks for parents that might be struggling with it?
Jessie Stokes 18:23
Yeah, you know, when I first started learning about sustainability, it I didn't have kids. And I mean, it's so different when it is when you do have kids just because not necessarily that it's harder, but I feel like you know, a lot of stuff of sustainability is like, you know, DIY stuff and like, it takes more time and more thought, and you just don't have a lot of headspace. When you have kids. It's like, you don't have the time to think about all that stuff like to prepare things. And so living sustainably has been a challenge with kids, but I've learned a lot just with Vasco and like, you know, when I was pregnant with Vasco and it's overwhelming when you when you are pregnant, and you see all this, oh, just like consumers and bye bye bye. You know, you need these clothes, these blankets, pacifiers, bottles, toys, you know, things to swing in. It's like so overwhelming. All the things that you're told that you have to have when you have kids. And what I really learned was that that's just not true that you don't need all that stuff with kids. And not only that, but most of it you can find second hand. And I think that's my biggest takeaway from eco parenting is to look for things secondhand because with kids, especially with babies, you know in their clothes and toys and stuff. They use that stuff for such a short amount of time that you can find a lot of those things basically brand new at secondhand shops and thrift stores and things And, you know, I could spend a lot of time hunting for sustainable brands of baby clothes and things like that. Or I could just go thrift store and there's so many clothes, there's so many clothes and just buying them secondhand that I felt like we were really lucky with Vasco and that my brother had saved all this stuff from when when he had his son. And so we just got all hand me downs, all the toys, all the you know, highchair crib all that. We just got that handed down to us. And I feel like that's the most sustainable option like doing things using things that you already have first. And so yeah, I think that's been my biggest takeaway from eco parenting. And as far as with Vasco now, I mean, he's still really young. And so I'm curious to see how things will go as he gets older. But, you know, we raised him vegetarian, and I haven't really explained to him, you know, what, we try to live sustainably? This is why I feel like he's not there yet. And he doesn't even notice the difference of you know, some people eating meat, and some people don't like we haven't even gotten there yet. So I, I don't, I'm sure I'm curious to see how it will be parenting, older eco kids, like, I'm sure you have some great advice yourself, for parenting older kids. But it is that kind of like, this is just how we do it. Like you've always had a bamboo toothbrush. And you've always done things this way. Like, you know, we can't post that home and we just always have, and it's something that I learned as an adult. But I think it's really cool that he'll just grew up having done that, you know, that's just what we do. We we tried to use it things that we have, I have noticed, like telling him sometimes I'm like, Hey, let's not waste that. And he asked me the day, like what's waste? And I was like, Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I don't know, how do I explain this to a four year old about not wasting things. And it's tough, like explaining environmentalism to a child, and not just being like, well, this is just what we do. But yeah, I'm curious to see how things will go as he gets older and has his own opinion about things, you know, the way he wants to do stuff.
Stephanie Moram 22:11
I mean, I think it is a lot easier to raise a child in this environment versus they're 12 years old. And all of a sudden, you're like, Okay, we're not buying fast fashion anymore. Yeah, because gone, you need to use this toothpaste and off this toothpaste. I feel like it's easier. Like, obviously, I've had my struggles personally with my own kids, but it's just explaining in the best way that you can, and just, you know, when I, my husband, just like, I'm so happy that you let things go now I was just raise my hand until like, I was literally like, obsessed with like being that perfect green. And I definitely put that on my kids when they were little. And now I just kind of have to let some things go and like pick my battles. And for a long time, clothing was a big battle because I refused to buy fast fashion. And so I started, you know, are just like anything new. I just for multiple reasons. We could be a whole other conversation, just where things are made, who's making them how they're being paid, what are the materials, you know, just all those things. So it was a struggle with my daughter when it came to clothing because she would see like, oh, we have to buy the trendy thing. And I'm just like, No, we don't. And so I really started to invite her into my world of like buying secondhand, and again, it was a struggle, but then her cousin who is like nine months older than her started, also to like thrifting So now it's cool.
Jessie Stokes 23:45
So real life, influencing.
Stephanie Moram 23:47
Right and I think it's also she sees like the value of money and that if I buy XYZ, and it costs this much money, or we spend that exact same amount of money, she's gonna get more for her dollar, right and more for my dollar as well. So there are some things that I will only buy new, some stuff like underwear and pajamas. I only buy new, but other things I'm like they're older now. I washed their clothing. So I think with time it does get easier but there's you know, he's for there's gonna probably be some battles, but I think it's just being gentle and reminding them why you're doing it. So there's you know, I've personally let things go cuz like I said, I was super like obsessive about it. My husband's like, okay I'm glad you're not obsessive about it anymore.
Jessie Stokes 24:29
You know, sustainability is in everything. It's an all different parts of our lives. And you don't have to be perfect in everything that you do. And you know, just picking like not like you're saying picking your battles, but even just picking what you're passionate about, like, you know, maybe that's food or maybe that yeah, maybe that's clothing fashion, maybe that's composting, I don't know picking something and being like I can't worry about the other stuff right now because I just don't have the capacity. But I am going to focus on this one thing like, this is what we're going to do. And so I think that's really good, just, you know, being gentle on yourself and knowing that, like, you can't do everything. And especially as a parent, you can't, you just can't do it all. But I think that's really cool that you know, that you showed your daughter and that she's showing other people, because I think that's how sustainability spreads is not like us being mean to people being like, you have to do it this way. But being like, Look at this cool thing I got from the thrift store, and it was $5. And, hey, you want to do it too, and, you know, making it fun and not like, like, people are missing out on stuff. Like, you don't get to do this, you have to do this, right?
Stephanie Moram 25:40
And no, my daughter's like, oh, I want to get sunglasses, you know, and she likes big sunglasses like this or this. And you know, you can find someone to switch over to like, we can also go online and look at like Poshmark or other places. And you can get like super, whatever your budget is, you can find something. So if you're willing to spend $100 on a pair of glasses, well, you could probably find some like really nice Ray Bans or even like, high end glasses for that price. Mm hmm. That you someone would spend 500 or $600 on so I just have a big stretch after that.
Jessie Stokes 26:13
I wish I was better at thrifting I'm not. Yeah, I think it's because I'm not I just I don't know a lot about clothes in general. And so I'm more of the like, I'm just gonna buy something and I'm gonna wear it out, I'm gonna like you're gonna wear it and wear it for years and years and years. And it might have not been sustainably made, but it's gonna be sustainable for me and that I'm going to wear it forever until I can't wear it anymore. There's but you know, there's like I said, you know, you pick what you're passionate about. And I like other things like cooking. You know, I love cooking. And so we try to make healthy plant based meals when we can and I like working out in the yard. So like composting is fun for me. And I think that's what's so cool about sustainability is I've seen so many people that are passionate about different things. And that, you know, I've been learning about sustainability for many years, but I don't know everything, there's so many things I'm still learning about. And that's really fun to see that there's, you know, lots of different aspects to it. And it's can be part of every part of your life, you know.
Stephanie Moram 27:17
I love what you said, we're, you know, you might not be buying a t shirt or a sweater that necessarily sustainably made. Or it might be from fast fashion. But for you, it's gonna be sustainable, because you're gonna have it for 20 years.
Jessie Stokes 27:29
Stephanie Moram 27:32
Yeah, and I and I love that because we're, I'm in a position where I can buy, you know, maybe I buy more sustainable brands that might cost a little bit more money than, you know, the average person can maybe afford but a lot of people can't afford maybe a sweater for $100. They're not, you know, they have four kids. So it's to buy those things and not feel guilty about it. But make the most use out of it. Wear that sweater and wear all the time. Exactly. You don't have to be an Instagram influencer and change your outfit every five minutes. Like I know, the last two years I've been wearing the same leggings and the same jogging pants. Yeah. Nothing's changed. And I'm still wearing them.
Jessie Stokes 28:17
Yeah, no, I think about that, you know, with sustainable fashion. I desperately want to support sustainable fashion brands and things. But for me, I feel like it's hard to online shop for clothing. Yeah. And so that's I bought so many things that I've spent a lot of money on, you know, to buy a sustainable brand. And then I get in it doesn't fit. And I think about you know, the carbon footprint of shipping things back and forth and being like, no, I need a different size. I mean, smaller size. And all that just you know, I get so you know anxious about oh gosh, you know, is this even sustainable shipping things back and forth a million times? And sometimes Yeah, I'm like, I just need to go put try it on. And then if it fits, just wear it forever. Just wear it all the time. Wear forever. Wear those leggings for 10 years.
Stephanie Moram 29:03
Yeah, like I've have leggings that I've had for gosh, so long and they still work and I have her leggings that are getting holes in the knees, but I go to like a boxing kickboxing gym. I just wear them there because I don't care that I have holes in my knees. Like, I don't care if anyone cares around me. I just wear them to the gym. Yes. That's it.
Jessie Stokes 29:26
That's like us. Vasco has mentioned blue jeans that this year have gotten a hole in them. And first I was like mending them and sewing them all back up. And then I was like, I know what it's almost hot. You know, in Georgia, we're about to just cut them off and they're gonna be shorts.
Stephanie Moram 29:42
And it's smart. It's smart. You're like, okay, there's holes. And we live in a really hot climate. I'm just gonna make sure it's yeah, we get smart. Yeah, so smart people don't think that those things like and us we're in a colder climate. We don't have summer as long so a lot of my son who's nine In his clothing have patches on them just Yeah, I took them just This is so funny. So it took them to like a seamstress cuz I just don't have time to put patches on stuff. And she's like, it's gonna cost more to put the patches on the page for the pants because I got them like I was first shot for like $3 Yeah. And she's like, I don't know how much you paid for these pants. But it might be more expensive, like less expensive to go buy something like No, no, I don't want to buy anything. She attaches on the amount of money just put the patches on.
Jessie Stokes 30:33
Those like visible mending that people have been. I've seen a lot of it on Pinterest where people like they make really cool designs with the pack. And I think that's so pretty. One before mending kind of seemed like, oh gosh, there have mended clothing. Now it's kind of cool. It's like, what did that cool design that you have on your shirt that had a hole in it?
Stephanie Moram 30:54
Yeah, I think things are coming like, have come a long way in, in fashion and different things where it's cool to have your reusable water bottle. It's cool to you know, have a reusable mug, have reusable straw to bring your own bags. And it's we're getting to a point where if you don't bring your reusable bag, people are looking at you funny verses. And years ago, people were like, what's that bag? Why aren't you just taking a plastic one or a paper bag? You know? So yeah, I really believe things are changing and going in a in a better direction for these kinds of things.
Jessie Stokes 31:30
Yes. I think that's the whole point of like, trying to listen stainability On an individual level is trying to like, change the culture, like you said, like seeing more people doing it. And because obviously, there's huge environmental impacts from big corporations that we can't fix. But if we can, on an individual level, encourage other people and, you know, make a difference that way. I think like you said, you're seeing it now. And you're seeing people like this is becoming the cool thing to do the good thing.
Stephanie Moram 32:02
So it was amazing to chat with you. I feel like I've known you for a really long time. And we were just sitting here like literally shooting the shit talking. So this has been super fun. Jesse, a great conversation. We've talked about so many different things. So it was I really, really thoroughly enjoyed it. So I would love for you to tell people where they can find you where your shop is how they can follow you on Instagram and tick tock and all that kind of stuff. Everything will be in the show notes. But I'd love for you to let people know where they can. They can find you.
Jessie Stokes 32:30
Yes, so you can find my website is tiny yellow bungalows.com. And I post a lot of educational blog posts about sustainability. And there's my online shop there that also spend a lot of time Yeah, on Instagram stories just talking. And that's tiny yellow bungalow. And so yeah, find me on social media say hello, or check out my website.
Stephanie Moram 32:55
Yes, go check out all the cool, sustainable and eco friendly stuff that Jessie sells. Maybe you'll find something that you like on there, and she'll ship it in an old box. It's an old paper, which is perfect, which is pretty nice. So thank you again for being here and you'll find all the information about Jessie in the show notes. If you are looking for more in green living inspiration, you can listen to a couple of other episodes that I have. One is called your sustainable, sustainable home with interior designer henna or avec u, which is number 34. Episode number 31 is what's really hiding in your home with Lonnie Brown. And I mentioned Big Bee little bee before I did an episode with Amy lineback number 29. Keeping it fun with venture and owner Amy Leinbach, so you can go check those out. If you'd like to listen to a couple more episodes. Thank you for listening, and I'll see you next Tuesday Green Junkie.
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