Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

We are learning together










I grew up in suburbia. I grew up mixed-both Iranian and Mexican, I grew up selling my own handmade accessories and baked goods to make ends meet. I grew up fascinated in clothes and dreaming about living in New York City. I grew up struggling to fit in and feel comfortable with my own body. I grew up seeing name brand items being bought from most of my peers. I grew up not being able to afford these brands, so resorted to thrifting. I grew up unaware of the consequences of my or my friend’s buying habits. Taking the effects of food waste, and my health to heart, I became a pescatarian at the age of 12.

 I grew up in a household where I earned my money recycling cans and plastic bottles to split with my three brothers. I grew up in this society becoming eco-friendly due to my lack of resources. I didn’t really understand what “eco-friendly” even meant until I went to college. I wanted to be a part of the young New York sustainable community, but I felt like I didn’t belong. I felt my intentions were being questioned by others or they where not good enough. Being a mixed child in two different cultures I always felt imbalanced, and growing up less fortunate I felt like my choices were always limited. Even though I barely learned the word sustainability three years ago, my passion for SUSTAIN runs deep in my veins. I won’t let the sneers of others who have been in this industry longer than me effect me.The community made me feel like in order to to be “eco friendly” I had to be over the age of 30 and white. I knew I had to create SUSTAIN The Ma.  SUSTAIN takes the taboo out of reuse, refuse, reduce and recycle. SUSTAIN shows how the aspects of being eco friendly can be accessible to all.  

I want to thank you for taking time to come this far. I’m here rooting for you all, the readers, as you explore new ways to live SUSTAIN. Let’s all learn together.

-Reza Cristián