3 awesome sustainability Youtubers you should follow

My sustainability journey started, well, on YouTube. I stumbled upon a video of a passionate young girl talking about the environment which really caught my attention. The rest is history. And no, it wasn’t Greta Thunberg. So today, I want to share with you my top 3 favorite YouTubers on the subject of sustainability in hopes that you will find valuable information on their channel that you can put to use.

1. Shelbizleee

Shelbi was the one who got me into this, a few years ago. I absolutely adore her and I’ve been following her channel from way back when she wasn’t famous. Even though she now has 300K+ subscribers, she is just as honest and true to her cause as then. What I mean by this is that she is very transparent about her journey and she will never partner with brands that she does not 100% support, no matter how much they pay her. Shelbi is currently the most influential advocate of eco-minimalism, which is basically the combination of eco-awareness and minimalism. Her videos are extremely well documented, as she has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. You can trust her, she knows her shit. On top of that, she is also funny and sweet. The tagline from my About me description is actually borrowed from her. Her videos always end with “You cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that you can do.” Here are a few to get you started:

MUST WATCH. What is “wishcycling” and more.
This is also a must watch. She explains eco-minimalism and what the idea behind this movement is.
More shit you don’t need in order to be low waste.
Zero-waste shit you don’t actually need.
Sustainable zero-waste swaps for beginners as well as advanced peeps.
My take on recycling as well. She makes some very good points, so give this a watch.

2. Gittemary Johansen

I found Gittemary quite recently, a few months ago maybe? Yet I have already watched almost all her videos and she is now my absolute No.1 favorite sustainability YouTuber. Perhaps she and Shelbi can share 1st place. She creates content about low-impact and eco-conscious living. I absolutely love her, she is extremely sweet, clumsy in the cutest way possible, down-to earth and shockingly honest. She always has a positive vibe (and not the annoying kind, so that’s a big plus). What I like most about her is that she’s not at all afraid to share her failures as well as her opinions, even if they don’t always align to what everyone else thinks. She’s my kinda’ girl. Team Gittemary forever. Like Shelbi, she recently made a video of why she turns down deals with countless brands. After you’ve gotten over the fact that she has a striking resemblance to Emilia Clarke, you can check out a few videos I’ve highlighted below:

You don’t have to be perfectly sustainable and neither is she.
Someone’s gotta say it, though.
Me too, sis, me too.
More stuff you don’t need. It’s becoming a theme, isn’t it?
Many, many good tips on living more eco-friendly.
Shocker, but you don’t have to be a minimalist to be low waste.

3. Sedona Christina

I’ve discovered Christina while watching a video from Shelbizleee, I think. Her channel was recommended to my by YouTube, so I wend over there and just, sort of never left. She speaks about sustainability and intentional living in a way that is mundane and close to reality. That’s what I love about her. She’s not your usual glamorous zero waster who always looks perfect and whose videos always looks like they’ve been taken straight off of Pinterest. She talks about low-waste living in a very everyday life kind of way. This is not to say that the other YouTubers I mention here are not real. That’s not what I’m saying at all. It’s just that she’s not that much into aesthetics and she doesn’t buy into the greenwashing that is currently the entire sustainability market (let’s be real, sustainability is now literally a trend that companies make loads of cash from). Also, she is funny as hell, goofy and clumsy, you’ll see.

Stuff she stopped doing after going low waste.
Her story on how she got into sustainability while unemployed and some thoughts about thrifting.
Tips on cool swaps for a more sustainable life.

8 thrifting hacks for second-hand shopping on a budget.
Weird girl. I love that she isn’t at all ashamed to admit all the odd things she does in the name of sustainability.
More shit you don’t actually need.

I owe these awesome humans so much, as the main reason I got into sustainability was thanks to their channels and their hard work. I hope you find something useful here and stay tuned, one of my next articles will be about Romanian YouTubers/ Instagrammers in the sustainability community.

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