We are Cristina & Christelle, the founders of the Zero Waste School. We became friends through our shared love of permaculture. When Christelle’s daughter Luna was born, the 3 of us started adventuring in home DIY projects. What started as fun afternoons crafting together turned into Permacrafters, a full-blown online sustainability school. Watch our story. Our mission is to share self-reliance skills and encourage creative permaculture thinking for an abundant life.
Explorer • Lover • Crafter
Cristina is an outgoing Peruvian entrepreneur who loves meeting new people, exploring her surroundings, growing sprouts at home, doing pottery, and creating recipes from scratch. After completing two permaculture courses (Permaculture Design Certificate and Permaculture Foundations Course) at The Eco-Institute, she decided to have a career change to focus on environmental protection. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA), specialized in retail management and business ethics. She leads the web-design, marketing, and crafting projects.
Traveler • Jokester • Treehugger
Christelle is a bubbly environmental educator and permaculture instructor who infuses optimism in her classes and laughs at her own jokes. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, her studies and career have focused on environmental protection. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies, an MA in Natural Resources & Sustainable Development. She has worked for environmental nonprofits including the United Nations Environment Program, Greenpeace, World Wild Fund for Nature, OneAction, and the Eco-Institute. She’s multilingual, a mama (or “Permamacita”), a beekeeper, and a foraging enthusiast with an insatiable curiosity for life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is not a collection of techniques: use the principles and apply them accordingly based on your specific situation. As you design your life within the framework of permaculture, you will develop new skills and build resilience.
What are the permaculture ethics and principles?
- Care for the Earth
- Care for People
- Fair Share
These ethics are the foundation upon which permaculture is built and they guide us in applying the 12 principles.
- Observe and Interact
- Catch and Store Energy
- Obtain a Yield
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
- Use and value renewable resources and services
- Produce no waste
- Design from pattern to details
- Integrate rather than segregate
- Use small and slow solutions
- Use and value diversity
- Use edges and value the marginal
- Creatively use and respond to change
These principles are universally applicable guidelines for designing regenerative habitats and designing our lives. These principles help inspire us to recreate ever-present patterns in nature. To better understand how to integrate the permaculture principles into your life, we demonstrate with each blog post project how we are applying the principles. For more information on the principles, click here.