About Me/Contact

Hi, I'm Katy. I live in beautiful Pensacola, Florida with my husband, cat, dog, 6 chickens and our garden. Despite living in Florida for most of my adult life I'm an Oregon girl at heart as I was born and raised in the Portland Metro area.

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend 2 years in Hawaii on the beautiful windward side of Oahu. We were there during July 2015 when Oahu passed their single use plastic bag ban. When I moved back to Pensacola, Florida in early 2016 I experienced a culture shock about how many plastic bags were being used everywhere.

I learned that plastic bag bans and taxes are actually illegal in Florida. So I decided to start #SkipTheBag to help encourage people to refuse plastic bags. You can take the challenge here. Do you already use reusable grocery bags? There are levels two and three of the challenge that are made for you!

After  reading about the dangers and statistics of plastic bags my focus broadened to evaluating the use of all plastics and minimizing waste of all kinds. So join the #skipthebag movement or simply just watch my journey towards plastic free, zero waste and minimalism!

Have a question? Want to get in touch with me? Looking to collaborate?
Email me! skipthebag @ gmail.com

I'd love to talk to you!



  1. Hi there,

    I just joined the "Zero Waste" Google+ community and read some of your posts today. I'm favorably impressed and hope to continue reading your blog in the future. I joined the Zero Waste Movement rather late so I am rather surprised that the Google+ "Zero Waste" community only has 56 members so far!

    I'm thinking of emailing the "M&F Western Products" company so see if they have an all natural toothbrush product available. I currently own 2 of their natural bristle brushes but I believe they are either for cleaning or for horse hair grooming. It was just stuff I found laying around our home somewhere not getting used. Years ago my younger sister owned 2 horses and 1 pony so these natural bristle brushes might be leftovers from our youth.

    Joomi Lee aka Joo-Mi E

  2. Or, if you ever find out which company already sells and ships natural bristle toothbrushes online to California please let me know!

  3. I had found a natural bristle toothbrush when initially trying to find a plastic alternative, but I haven't been able to find it again. If I find it I'll be sure and let you know!

  4. I make reusable totes out of discarded feed sack totes. What you're doing is admirable, and I, for one, appreciate it! Keep up the great work! ;0D

  5. Thank you for hosting such an awesome blog hop! I love your blog, and hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! ����