My name is Kensa and I am from Cornwall, UK, having relocated to Cayman in 2019. I have always been passionate about reducing waste, recycling from a very young age and as an adult ensuring I am opt for the most sustainable options.
Following multiple annual holidays to Cayman, it became apparent there were very poor recycling facilities as well as a severe waste management issue, i.e Mount Trashmore. In contrast to the now widely available online and brick and mortar zero-waste stores in the UK, Cayman's limited options left me feeling a little helpless. I missed the accessibility of these as soon as I arrived here and wanted to find a way to reduce the environmental threat posed by Mount Trashmore.
I founded EcoCay in 2020, with the aim of being able to provide the opportunity for people wishing (and in a position) to move towards a zero-waste-minded lifestyle, whilst inspiring others to try out more sustainable options. EcoCay vow to ensure all carbon emissions from shipping are offset with tree planting.
I admire companies committed to transparency and intend to keep this as a guiding principle for EcoCay. Updates and forthcoming plans will be shared with customers in full, with feedback both encouraged and appreciated - of the good or bad variety!
Thank you for visiting - together we can all make a difference.
My name is Samantha and I am from the Cayman Islands.
Growing up here, we were not really introduced to a lifestyle of reducing waste. Even though ‘Iggy the Iguana’ would pop into the schools every so often to teach us about recycling, there was no real system in place for actually doing it. Across the board, the concept of sustainable living and reducing waste was not at the forefront of anyone’s minds.
While pursuing my university education in Canada, my experience was quite the opposite. Recycling and general concern for the environment was the norm - some Provinces required each household to sort items into four different recycling bins! Needless to say, I returned home with a different mind-set.
Over those years, Mount Trashmore seemed to have grown exponentially, rapidly becoming a very visual, daily reminder of the waste management issues in Cayman, and the lasting impact that single-use plastic products have on our environment. I felt overwhelmed by this issue and started to adopt more environmentally friendly habits for myself. In 2020, I started Green Island Lifestyle, a lifestyle page on Instagram that showcased practices you could adopt here in Cayman to live more sustainably. Now, I am ecstatic to be a member of the EcoCay team, providing products to those who wish to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you. Remember, zero-waste isn’t necessarily “zero”, nor is it overnight - every single baby step counts and you can choose what works for you!