When it comes to sustainable living, Chelsea Christina is an absolute believer, and she’s made many people agree.
In fact, the interior designer and content creator shares how she repurposes existing items to reduce waste and only buys from thrift stores, flea markets, and vintage shops on TikTok and Instagram. Both have gained thousands of followers.
According to Christina, she has been very passionate about sustainability and caring for the earth for as long as she can remember.
“And my other big passion is design,” she added. “So I’m always looking for ways to bridge the two.”
But it wasn’t until she found herself working for an interior design firm for a few years that something really started to change in her.
“I loved my job, but it really opened my eyes to the amount of waste that was created in this industry,” Christina told Yahoo’s In the Know.
Then, due to the coronavirus, I have less physical work to do and more free time to pursue my passions.
“I was already living a sustainable, low-waste lifestyle on my own time,” she recalls. “So she started working on interior design while creating content about zero waste living. She didn’t have anything in mind when she first created TikTok, but it turned out to be so much more amazing than she expected.” We got feedback and engagement.”
Since then, Christina has continued to create content that is important to her, and now focuses on sustainable interior design and easy ways for others to design their homes using second-hand items. .
While she sometimes visits thrift and vintage stores, Christina also loves sourcing second-hand items on Facebook Marketplace and bringing them to life in her own space.
In addition to being more affordable, Christina believes it’s the easiest way to find your style if you haven’t narrowed it down yet.
“When I buy used items, whether it’s at a thrift store or a flea market, I’m usually drawn to the item because it represents my unique taste,” she says.
In many of her videos, Christina tries to demonstrate how she does this often and wants to dispel some of the common misconceptions people hear when buying second-hand goods in general. thinking about. yes”
“In fact, I think you can now find very modern furniture if you buy secondhand on places like Facebook Marketplace,” Christina said. “And if you’re concerned about cleanliness, it’s always a good idea to deep clean things before they come into your home.”
At the end of the day, her philosophy is simple. It means “use what you have and buy less.”
And for those who are trying to live more consciously, the mantra will also help you on your journey.
“I think people often think that in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle, they need to buy sustainable products and switch to the less sustainable products they currently own.” said the designer. “But in reality, the most sustainable thing you can do is use up what you have before switching to sustainable alternatives.”
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