“We [had] education workshops on how to compost, and we did that with Bin less; she’s been composting for about seven years, so she has a lot of knowledge. [Recently] we (South Texas Menudeo and I) had a cloth pad workshop. We did that because a lot of people had questions about the cloth pads, and it was nice to know that Michelle was going to be there. She had a lot of demonstrations on how much liquid they absorb, and it makes a big difference.”
Since April is Earth Month, RGV Refillery is throwing a Neighborhood Clean-Up Challenge, where people are encouraged to clean up their neighborhoods, take a picture, and send it to them on April 22nd, also known as Earth Day. Marisa created the challenge to “bring awareness to how much plastic we consume and what steps we could take to better our neighborhoods, as well as how to properly dispose of it and recycle it.” She will also host a DIY Coffee Coconut Body Scrub Workshop on Earth Day.
Small Steps Do Matter
“What sustainability means to me is taking small steps. Small steps do matter. I preach for that all the time. So taking small steps on your sustainability journey doesn’t have to be that big or anything. You could just DIY something at your home and, you know, just start from that. That’s how I started.” One small example Marisa shared is to reuse your containers and packaging. “They do have a lot of life,” she says.
The RGV Refillery is more than just a refillery— it’s a space where like-minded community members, small businesses, and organizations can come together to learn and educate each other. Through her work with RGV Refillery, Marisa Bravo is proudly forging a path towards a more sustainable, eco-conscious, and greener Rio Grande Valley.