In onze reeks ‘mon amie’ laten we mensen aan het woord die ons een kijkje geven in hun leven. Hannah Pumfrey runt blog Flor+Cesta vanuit haar woonplaats London. Ze bezocht ons atelier en is inmiddels de trotse eigenaresse van twee customized monsak tassen.

Van jongs af aan leefde Hanna al met liefde voor de planeet, nou ja, eigenlijk door haar moeder. Zij leerde haar om bewust om te gaan met onze aardbol door bijvoorbeeld waterflesjes nog een keer te gebruiken of een herbruikbare variant te kiezen.

Nog niet zo lang geleden werd Hannah zich meer bewust van de milieuproblemen over de hele wereld. Zoals de impact van plastic en de kledingindustrie.

Het keerpunt kwam bij haar toen ze besefte hoeveel papieren bekers er worden weggegooid in het zakelijke leven. Hoe zou het anders kunnen? Met die achterliggende gedachte is de blog Flor + Cesta geboren.
Met de blog brengt Hanna duurzaamheid op een mooie manier onder de aandacht en laat zijn zien dat bewuste keuzes maken niet zo moeilijk hoeft te zijn.

Omdat Hannah’s antwoorden op onze vragen het beste overkomen in haar eigen taal moet je nu even overschakelen in het Engels 😉

How did you start a blog?

Growing up with a mother who ran her own gardening business and always being surrounded by plugs and germinating plants (literally, every surface was covered with them near Spring time!) I have a always taken an interest in ‘growing your own’, eating local and being self-sustaining in the sense of food. We were also always taught to use reusable water bottles and to pick the non-plastic option wherever possible, so I think minimal waste and plastic free living is something that was ingrained in me from an early age. It wasn’t until much more recently though that I really started to become aware of environmental issues on a wider scale, the scale of our plastic problem and the impact of industries like the textiles and garment industry. I will admit that when I was fresh out of uni on a low income in London price was always the priority for me when it came to clothes shopping! I was completely unaware of the concept of fast fashion until documentaries like the true cost came onto the scene.  Since becoming aware of these issues though I made a promise to myself never to shop on the high street again. I now shop much less in general and usually buy second hand. A few times a year I will splash out on an ethical fashion piece that I love and know will be worn across seasons and for many years to come. When speaking to colleagues and friends though it was clear to me that, although many wanted to make a change in the way they shopped, they didn’t know how.  The turning point for me came though after a few years working in the city, I would watch the rubbish bins in my office fill up every day with paper cups and lunch bag wrappers as we all rushed blindly from meeting to meeting, completely unconscious to the amount of waste we were contributing to landfill daily. I thought there must be a better way to do this! So, I decided to start Flor + Cesta – for me it is a public commitment to living a sustainable lifestyle and a way to engage others in important topics whilst showing that living sustainably is fun! The goal of the site is to arm readers with all the know how to make easy and informed changes every day that fit within their lifestyles.

What’s your perfect day?

Being by the sea. An ideal day for me would be spent in Cornwall, with my boyfriend, out surfing.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years time I would like to be living in the countryside, somewhere close to the coast running an eco-retreat. My dream is to build a self- sustaining eco-resort from old shipping containers. The resort will use renewable energy, only reclaimed materials and guests will eat from our orchard and veggie garden. I’d love to run yoga retreats and workshops to help people reconnect with nature as well. My boyfriend and I are currently exploring how we can make this dream a reality.

What are you most proud of?

Gosh that’s a difficult question! When I was 18 I was in a car accident that left me with a broken back, I think this was probably both the worst and the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I am very proud that I was able to turn this situation into a success, learning to walk again and get back out into the world. It was a life experiences that changed my outlook on life, for the better, and I am proud of my own physical and mental strength. I think the reality of that situation and knowing what my life could have become drives me to live every day as one to be proud of.

What is your latest sustainable discovery?

A reusable baking sheet from UK eco-store Boobalou. You use it as an alternative to tin foil and just wash and reuse. I’m always really happy when I find a new alternative to a single use item.