Hi, I’m Monica Rosquillas and I’m passionate about sustainable living!
Here’s a bit more info about me:


  • I was born and raised in Chula Vista, California
  • I have 1 younger sister and her name is Rosé, like Jose but with an R
  • My first language is Spanish (which I learned from my Mexican parents)
  • I studied International Security and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis on Environment and Security at San Diego State University (phew!)
  • My first year at college I was “Undeclared/Undecided” and my second and third years I was in Environmental Engineering
  • I worked as an English teacher in South Korea for one year (one of the best years of my life) 안녕하세요
  • My partner’s name is Fernando and he’s the best thing that ever happened to me.
  • We have an adopted boxer, Apolo, and he’s our furchild
  • From 2012-2016 I was an environmental educator, teaching thousands of students about landfills, watersheds, the Pacific Garbage Patch, and deadzones
  • While working as an environmental educator I became obsessed with plastic and waste and decided to drastically reduce them from my life
  • In 2016 Fernando and I traveled for 8 months in South East Asia refusing disposable plastics every damn day! You can read more about that here.
  • I have dual citizenship: US & Spanish (Spanish from my paternal grandparents)
  • Fernando and I live at my parents home, with my parents. We’re 32 and 31, so why? 1) We are able to save thousands of dollars 2) My mom loves it  3) It’s more sustainable
  • I drive an electric car. It’s not eco friendly, it’s just less bad than a gas car.
  • I eat a mostly plant based diet, for ethical and environmental reasons
  • I had depression for a long time, it’s the worst thing I think I’ll ever experience. I’m much better now and sometimes just stop and think “man, I’m so thankful I’m not depressed any more”
  • My goal in life is to be happy, give back to the world, and inspire others to live healthier & more sustainable lives.

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Rowena,

    We are launching a connected conservation product next month and would love to get your support on our #NOH20 campaign to raise awareness for water conservation and access. The campaign is asking everyone to give up one water using task for one day, to save over 1B gallons of water. More so, the product launch will also raise money for those charities participating.

    Would it be possible to connect the appropriate person from your team (maybe that’s you?) with our founder some time this week? We plan to launch the social campaign next week, which would coincide with your efforts quite well.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Very best,

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  2. Hi Monica,

    I just found out about your blog and am super excited to read about your adventures. We have a refill shop in North Park, Earthwell Refill, and would like to invite you to the shop so that you can check it out. We refill body care and household products, all of our products are 100% plant based. We are located at 2603B University Avenue. We hope to see you soon.


    Katrina Oprisko


  3. Monica! I’m so sad I can’t seem to find you on Instagram anymore 😦 you are such an inspiration to me, I wish we had worked together more often ! I’d love to one day meet up & have a little zero waste picnic or something 🙂

    lots of love,


  4. I am so inspired by how fully you have integrated this very important cause into your lifestyle!!!! I live in San Diego (ocean beach) and would love to meet you one day!


  5. Sorry to ask a random question, but I was wondering what kind of bags, jars, etc. you use to buy flour in bulk (if you do). I can’t find anything that the flour doesn’t fall through.


  6. My daughters going for her Silver award in Girl Scouts and is very interested in saving the environment! She loves the outdoors and animals and saving the planet! She wants to have her Silver Award surround around this topic. She needs a mentor just to talk with her a few times. It’s not a huge time consuming role. Please let us know. Her name is Angelina, I am helping to send out this email as she doesn’t have a phone because she’s too busy climbing trees.

    Thank you,



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