About

Hi! Green Indy is a blog about zero waste, minimalism, and generally being less of an a**hole to our Earth (Lafayette, Indiana, specifically) by me, Polly Barks. I’m a writer, teacher, and a natural-born researcher/experimenter.

I fell into minimalism naturally after I moved 800 miles from home for college, and then over 4,000 miles to get my first job as an ESL teacher in Russia. Years of country hopping honed my belongings to a bare minimum and I found that even as I’ve become more settled, I enjoy the feeling of worrying about less.

Aside from my essential weaknesses – all the food and old film cameras – I don’t want for a lot. (Yes, I only own two pairs of pants. No, I’m not usually super stinky.) But taking my low-key lifestyle to the next level? That’s a different story.

I started leading a full zero-waste lifestyle in late 2016 after experiencing life in an Indianapolis community where affluent trash gets left behind and food desert conditions and a lack of infrastructure meant many of my clients and neighbors rarely ate fresh fruit or vegetables.

Since going zero waste, I’ve tried to spread the word – particularly about how accessible it is – because I’ve lived first-hand knowing how hard it is to even eat healthy when you’re worrying about paying rent.

My experience with zero waste has been full of learning experiences, fails, and even some occasional wins. I hope you’ll join me on my adventure!

Since Russia, I spent two years in Indianapolis before buying a house in Lafayette, Indiana. I’m currently in Lafayette getting to know the area, meet new people, and test strategies for engaging non-traditional audiences (ie. not us urban, affluent, white folks!) in zero waste practices.

If you live in Lafayette, I’d love to see you at an upcoming workshop. If you have an idea for an exciting local collaboration, please feel free to get in touch at any time!

Please note: I will occasionally use affiliate links within posts to products that I own, have tested, and sincerely enjoy. All money will go towards further research and development for Green Indy.