Meet the Dads: Introducing Barrett
Meet Barrett from Oregon
Meet Barrett, one of our UpChoose dads from Portland, Oregon. Barrett is a first-time dad of Everett, a one year old boy. You can follow him on Instagram @barrettabrooks and twitter @BarrettABrooks.
What’s your name? Any nickname?
Live in? Grew up in?
Born in St. Petersburg, FL; Raised in Atlanta, GA; Building a family and life in Portland, OR.
You’re the dad of...
Everett, a one year old boy.
What made you want to be more careful about the things you buy for you or your family? Was there an “aha” moment or a specific event? Did becoming a father impact how you approach your consumption choices and behaviors?
The moment I knew I wanted our home, our food, our wardrobe, and our life to be more sustainable and conscientious was when I started having health problems in my early 20s without a known cause. I had been the picture of health my whole life and then all of a sudden I was having myriad issues that affected my work and relationships. It all started with food and expanded from there. Watching The True Cost, a documentary about the apparel industry, solidified the fact that I wanted everything we buy to align with our values and our hope for a more sustainable world.
How did you get started? What were the first few changes you made?
The first change we made was transitioning to organic produce. Then we started focusing on the quality and types of animal products we ate — pasture-raised eggs and poultry, reducing our red meat consumption and only eating grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. Then we focused on only buying new clothes made from more sustainable materials and with fair labor practices. We’ve now expanded this philosophy to the home goods we buy and funding a monthly subscription to take our family carbon-negative. At the same time, we try to buy less stuff, buy from local creators, entrepreneurs and farmers whenever we can, produce less waste, and focus on experiences over things. We’re human and we fail at this regularly, but the mindset helps us make better choices.