Practical Activist features Marina McCoy, Sustainability Boss Lady
- Bluestone Staff
- November 9, 2022
Q: Talk about how you’re balancing your many roles and passions from Hula to The Restock Shop and Waste Free Earth?
A: I’ve been doing Waste Free Earth for about ten years now. I started it when I was in college when I was doing zero waste strategies for events, mainly music festivals. I traveled the whole country and learned a lot about human behavior and waste. When the pandemic happened and you couldn’t do events anymore, I switched to doing zero waste strategies for businesses, and it was during that time that I got Hula as a client. Around that same time, I was approached by a dry-goods company that was going out of business because they had seen my Instagram account @SustainabilityBossLady, and thought I might want to buy their business. I ended up buying some of their inventory, and that’s how The Restock Shop was born.
I love being part of the Hula community, so when they offered me a full-time position as a Community Manager, although I have two businesses, I jumped at the opportunity to help cultivate the community here at Hula through my new position. My work-life balance has gotten better because of Hula. As you know, we have weekly meditation sessions and I lead a paddle board club. We have breath exercise workshops and massages once a week…our team works out together on Wednesday’s. Being here and being right on the lake has helped me become better at setting boundaries and taking care of myself.
Q: What advice do you have for anyone who is interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle or dedicating their life’s work to the field?
Q: Do you have a mantra or quote that you live by or that inspires you?
A: “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way; and if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” This helps me prioritize and stay focused on what is important to me.
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Photo above: Marina with Bluestone's President, Carey Earle at Hula Lakeside.
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