Gabrielle Koster has been a TBBS friend for a while and we are super excited that she took the time to answer a few of our questions.
Can you give us a quick intro about yourself?
Hi, my name is Gabriëlle and I’m very much in love with life. I work as an Editor in Chief for a health website and in my spare time I love to travel and go on adventures. I was raised nearby the ocean so whenever I’m near the sea, I feel at home. I try to live in a conscious way and I eat plant based. You can find more about me on Instagram or on my blog SunshineOnMyMind.com.
When did you hear about The Bamboo Brush Society?
Last year, I went to Ibiza and met a beautiful soul on the plane. She was just starting her own business and gave me her business card. She was starting a platform for conscious brands called Tiare-Life.com and they introduced me to The Bamboo Brush Society.
What do you think of the Bamboo toothbrush?
I think it’s a great toothbrush. I never realised we use a lot of plastic by buying tooth brushes, so I love that these brushes are made from environmentally sustainable and biodegradable bamboo. Too bad they don’t come with that pet panda ;).
You travel a lot around the world, what is the best spot you have brushed your teeth yet?
I’ve seen the most beautiful places and still, there is so much more to discover. I loved brushing my teeth with the view of the ocean after camping on the beach on the coast of Kauai, the garden isle of Hawai’i.
Tell us about what project you are most excited about this year?
Difficult question: after travelling through Southeast Asia I committed myself on surrendering to whatever happens. To go with the flow. So I’m currently working and whenever a trip comes along, I happily adjust and go with it. I’m also excited about my blog and the cool things I can share with people.
If you would be in charge of taking care of our beloved planet tomorrow? Which 4 persons would you pick to help you lead? (can be anyone in the world)
Wow, difficult question! I would pick Michelle Obama, because I think she can be a great leader, has a good heart and is very intelligent. Up next would be Dr Jane Goodall (British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist) who dedicated most of her life to animal welfare issues. Third would be Paul Watson, who co-founded Greenpeace in the seventies and later in his life founded Sea Shepherd. Last but not least, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate who is known for surviving an attack of the Taliban after she stood up for her education in Pakistan. She is such a strong woman and stood up for important issues at such a young age.
What’s your best travel story?
Probably the one where I met my boyfriend. I had just graduated and didn’t have any summer plans when one of my high school friends asked if I would like to join her Volkswagen Van Eurotrip to Boom festival with two of her (male) study friends, of which one of them was Dennis. I wasn’t looking for ‘love’ at all, but after spending a couple of weeks with him, having deep conversations with him, him playing my favorite music on his ukulele, road tripping together and sharing interests, I really fell in love. Right there, in the desert of Idanha-a-Nova of Portugal.
Any books, documentaries, films or series you lately watched and like to recommend?
Everyone should definitely watch What The Health, it’s a (very American) documentary about the effect of food on your health and well being. I loved watching How To Change The World about environmental activists. I absolutely enjoyed watching the movie Captain Fantastic about a father that decided to raise his kids on his own without any influence of our modern world. One of my favorite books is
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I love his writing and the story really had a big impact on me. It’s one of those books that I like to keep on my book shelf and can’t give away.
Share your best photo on your phone ! Make us laugh
At the moment, I have a little over 10.000 pictures on my phone. Time to do a big clean up. But I’ve found a good one. You asked to make you laugh? This was in the north of Thailand, where I was visiting a cave with my boyfriend, two Australian guys and two Scottish guys. The cave was huge and, after walking quite a bit, you had to hop on a floating bamboo raft to that would bring you to other side of the cave. I was wearing a short dress and found out quite soon that the raft was infested with cockroaches. Huge cockroaches. They were running up and down that raft and over everybody’s toes. After we got off, a bat took a shit on my hair. It wasn’t my best day in the North of Thailand, which you can definitely tell by the look on my face.
Last question… What is the number one place you like to go travel to?
I really fell in love with Hawai’i, so I would love to explore more Polynesian islands. I love that vibe: the people are kind, the vibe is relaxed, they play reggae music, they treat their bodies well with healthy food and it’s near the ocean. I would also love to see Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, the Maldives... Oh wait, you said ‘number one’. Oops, sorry ;).