About

Hey there!

 

I’m Vanina, I’m a zero waste designer that lives Portland, Oregon.

I recently moved from the Bay Area in California to start my brand, The Zero Waste Habit

 

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How did I get here?

 

Right after I graduated from design school. My clothing collection was noticed by a local designer. My collection then sold for hundreds of dollars and I soon became the clothing designer of the store.

 

However, the dream wasn’t mine.

 

During my college years, I had picked up a book that completely changed my perspective of design. The book, Cradle to Cradle, illustrated that we design products that end up in a landfill even though they could be nutrients for the next product or for our earth. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a designer that creates in a circular system.

 

Even though my position as clothing designer was something that fashion designers dream of, I decided to leave my position to stay true to my values.

 

Not long after, I then discovered zero waste from a blog called Trash is for Tossers. Where the woman was not throwing anything into landfill or a trashcan. That’s when I decided to design zero waste.

 

The Zero Waste Habit is my attempt as a designer to create products zero waste and that promote the zero waste lifestyle.