Ambassador, Salem, Virginia
Emily Iris Degn (@emilyirisdegn) is a seasoned travel writer, Earth activist, model, ecofeminist, photographer, professional artist, and published poet! She now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her partner and over 20 plant babies, but she grew up in the San Juan Islands in Washington state. As a kid she was constantly swimming in the sea, hiking, eating fresh berries, body surfing, traveling, indoboarding, and learning how much she loved the planet. She’s since spent her life protesting the destruction of it, spreading awareness, and making decisions that reflect her devotion to our one and only home. Her decision to not support fast fashion was a result of that.
She is an avid thrifter, but loves to support eco-conscious companies that not only help heal the planet, but are vegan, are fair trade, and keep their makers safe. She hopes to drive others to care about each other and the Earth enough to do something about it. She wants to always leave places better than they were when she found them, and Remake has proven to be something that helps her to do just that.
“What we buy says a lot about ourselves. Our money is, in a very real sense, our vote. When we buy things that are destructive to the planet, harm animals, kill animals, or are from companies that don’t treat women or their makers well, then we are supporting those things. We are telling the world, and ourselves, that we want to destroy the planet; that we want to kill animals; that we want to treat women unfairly. We are perpetuating those things. I’ve chosen to live a life that is as ethical as I can make it. It’s not about perfection because come on- that’s impossible due to the nature of the world we live in, but it is about trying. That’s a big misconception that I’ve seen people have about veganism, environmentalism, and any form of progress – they think that unless they can be perfect, they shouldn’t even bother. That’s just not true. We should ALL be trying our best to not harm others, to heal our planet, and to treat each other better than we were treated ourselves. I wear those things on my heart by being vocal, by standing up, by writing my government reps, and by being mindful of my choices every day. That’s really what it’s all about- mindfulness. We all need to realize that every decision that we make has a consequence. They can help the world, or tear it down. I want to make my life about the helping, and I hope others will be inspired to do the same.”