When working for a company like Nature’s Path, things can get pretty competitive. In other companies, competition may be skewed towards sales, but at Nature’s Path, things are a little different. There is an unspoken green-off, meaning, who can be the most socially conscious? Who is doing their part to leave the planet better off than when they first set foot on it?
It’s not a bad deal to be surrounded by our ecological heroes.
Even in this land of the sustainable, some employees stand out, like fluorescent beacons in a spectrum of green. Rachel Bailey Davis is one of those beacons. We will let her tell her story, which involves changing careers, moving countries and allowing her values to lead her life.
Tell us how you got to Nature’s Path in the first place.
I moved about four years ago. I used to work in the fashion industry and decided I didn’t want to sell clothes anymore to people who didn’t need them. I looked at people who aligned with my values and moved to North America, which opened a whole can of worms and changed my entire perspective. I just went hard down the organic train!
Nature’s Path team is pretty green – how do you sustain a sustainable and socially conscious lifestyle?
It is hard to be sustainable all the time but we can make a difference, even as one person. We all do what we can, and collectively we make a change. I am so excited to work for a company that instilled these values before organic even was a trend. I get on planes, so I am not perfect. There are some things you can’t avoid.
So let us get this straight…you moved countries to become more self-less?
I wanted to move to Vancouver to get out of the rat race of London and to be more connected to nature and to the mountains. There were not many trees where I used to live. Now I go for hikes and go camping. I was craving that lifestyle and having a more balanced life. Vancouver is a little bubble, but I really resonate with it. I like the attitude. You can see the mountains and the forest fires. You are a lot more connected
What were some of the steps that moved you in the direction of a more socially conscious lifestyle?
I was always into the outdoors and I had to educate myself through organic farming and agriculture. I realized what a mess the planet was in. Within a year of living here, I was 100% organic. I was always healthy, but I started looking at what was going into my body in a different way.
Do you adhere to a particular diet?
My diet is everything in moderation. I let my body crave what it wants to crave. Meat has become a treat once a week rather than a staple. I go to vegetarian and vegan restaurants for delicious food, rather than to make a point about being a vegetarian. I prefer having food grown close to me. It can be expensive, but you are what you eat. There is nothing else more important than your health.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
I’ve always been a camper and a cyclist. I think that’s why I went to Vancouver – because it’s so beautiful. I think that it was always inside of me [to be this person]. Rather than going skiing once a year, I can go on Wednesday nights. I am aligned with my hobbies and interests in my work. Everyone at work is hiking and kayaking. It’s infectious. You can’t help but get caught up on it.
If someone is outside of the Vancouver bubble, how can they begin to implement sustainable or socially conscious changes?
Small steps are crucial. Live by example to make a difference. I eat so much sushi in Vancouver and I take my own containers to takeout. When I am in the lineup, people will ask why I bring my own containers and I discuss the fact that the container is going to a landfill. Plastic is a huge thing. You use a plastic bag for 5 seconds and it is on the planet forever. Try to buy local. Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup. These are things you can change. Do you need a lid if you are getting a coffee and sitting down? Can you bike one day rather than drive? Trying to offset your lifestyle in some way can make a difference. Tiny actions every day can make a difference.
So you feel hopeful about the future?
I do feel hopeful about the direction that things are going. People are starting to see the problems. I don’t think people are purposely trying to damage the planet. I think they have gotten busy. Everyone wants convenience. You don’t want to be the pain in the ass who is calling people out on things. Start to open a conversation nonjudgmentally.
Who is one of your biggest eco inspirations?
My partner helps to make me more of a force. It’s like when you say that you are going for a run with your friend. It makes you accountable.
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