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Five Minutes With... Charlie Thompson

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We went behind the scenes with our very own CEO, Cofounder and Eco Ninja, Charlie T!

Where did you go on your last vacation?

I went to visit some gorgeous friends on the Sunshine Coast who very kindly opened their doors to me to join their Christmas celebrations. Flying into that piece of coastline is magical – the beautiful blue, flanked by the Hinterland – does it get more stunning? It was a week spent soaking up some very special company in a very special part of the world. I threatened to move TCC HQ to the Sunny Coast after that trip…

 

Where in the world do you live and what do you love the most about it? 

I live in Manly, NSW. It’s totally different to where I grew up, on a little farm in a little village in the UK countryside, surrounded by animals and covered in mud (always). That incredibly blessed childhood taught me the importance of connecting with nature as much as possible and Manly has so much of it on its doorstep while being so close to Sydney city. I try to use the beach, the headland and the beautiful coastal trails as much as possible. We’re also totally spoilt in Manly with farmer’s markets, bulk food stores, natural health and fitness options everywhere – it’s literally oozing cleaner and greener vibes and I adore it for that!

 

What do you think the biggest threat is to our planet and the people in it today?

Lack of awareness and lack of action (people being frozen in the idea that someone else is going to do something about ‘it’).

Although the message is getting louder, there’s still a gap in people truly understanding what both the health epidemic and climate change really mean for them (and their children) and how these two issues are born from the same problem: everything leads back to our consumption (in every sense of that word).

As terrifying as it can seem sometimes – the natural disasters, the cancer, the autoimmune diseases, the political leaders that just don’t give a shit – the incredibly exciting thing bubbling under the surface is that the solution lies with each and every single one of us: it’s people power that’s going to solve these two major issues and I truly believe that with the right rally cries, easy access to the right information, education on new solutions and an increased demand for them, we can turn the tide. Because once you really know, you can’t unknow, and there’s more power in that shift of consciousness than in any government (although we’re all crushing hard on Jacinda Ardern, of course).

 

Give us your elevator pitch for your mission.

3, 2, 1… TCC brings the information and the solutions to living an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle together in one place, communicating the truth that both our health and environmental epidemics are caused by same problem: the consumption habit and lifestyle that’s been adopted around the world is killing us and killing our planet, and it’s our responsibility, as a collective, to drive real, tangible change through our everyday habits and actions. We’re here to help you on that path and show you that no action is too small.

 

What drives you to get out of bed every day?

Our mission, and a sense of seizing the day.

 

What one piece of advice do you wish you could give your 15-year-old self?

Fun question! 😊

I’d tell her not to be afraid to break the rules, that the world isn’t black and white, and when we’re completely open minded, really wonderful things happen.



What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?

A sense of connection to something bigger than you – whether that be a group of people, a place, a lifestyle, an idea... something you feel a part of and aligned to energetically, emotionally or physically.

 

Tell us about your self-care routine.

I love my morning routine. I haven’t always had a job that’s allowed me to do it, so I feel incredibly lucky that I now start the day with some of the things that are most important to me. The first hour of my day is spent exercising and meditating. Aside that time, my self-care is about staying super conscious of what I’m putting on and in my body, whether I need a day that needs more movement and more breath, and if it’s time to create space for things that bring me peace (tea, books, baths).

 

Who/what has been the biggest influence in getting your life to the stage it’s at now? 

Jeez, this is a hard one… my brain naturally jumped into the deep and gave me a response of everything… it’s all got me here.

But, the biggest influence has probably been new information – not the stuff we’re brought up with or learn in school.

In 2013, I experienced my first case of severe anxiety and it manifested itself physically as uncontrollable blackouts. It was a conversation with a neurologist that started to wake me up, and in attempting to take back control, I read Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar, which then sent me to Google for DIY natural cleaning recipes, and the domino effect continues... Researching diet and chemicals was just the start of a total life overhaul – in every single sense – and a new journey with (re)learning.


 

Thank you so much, Charlie. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Absolutely not. The wine will bring the rest out.

 

 

Want to hear what the wine brought out? Find out as Charlie joins Georgia, Charli F and Roland on our podcast, launching Monday, 12 August 2019.

Head over to our dedicated podcast page HERE to listen to each episode as they are released, or subscribe on anchor.fm, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and more! Just search for 'The Ripple Effect from The Clean Collective' on your preferred platform. 


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