My name is Mary Kat. I was raised in California but I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and go to university for environmental governance. I would like to pursue a career related to food sustainability. My number one passion is food. I live for cooking and baking. Disclaimer: if you’re in the industry, I’m not a real chef. I’m just a hobby cook.
I started this blog in 2011 when I was 16. The majority of foods in a regular grocery store have plastic packaging, which is something that I didn’t use to think about much. Then I learned about the environmental problems caused by plastic pollution and felt compelled to do something about it. I tried to reduce the amount of waste that I was producing. It seemed like most of the trash I was generating was from the kitchen, so I started blogging about recipes that used ingredients free of plastic packaging. In the beginning I focused on using ingredients that didn’t use plastic packaging but now I aim for using ingredients that don’t have packaging of any kind. I’m not able to get there 100%, but I usually get pretty close.
When I started this website I was a teenager with a lot to learn. I saw plastic as the biggest issue since it was the first one I really learned about. These days I realize that plastic isn’t the only issue within the food system. There are a lot of environmental issues, labour issues, animal rights issues and economic issues associated with our food.
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