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Evan Achiron

Co-Founder, Luke’s Toy Factory


About the interview

  • Evan explains why sustainability is a continual journey, not a destination
  • Evan unpacks the various aspects of sustainability to consider when shopping
  • You’ll learn what to ask to determine how “sustainable” a product truly is
  • You’ll see why it matters where something is produced
  • You’ll recognize the influence you can exert on entire industries by supporting conscious start-ups


About The Wallace Family

Full time world travellers

  • The family of 6 became full time nomadic world travellers in June 2017
  • Sold everything they had in the US to slow-travel around the globe without any plans to stop anytime soon
  • They stay at least 4 weeks in one place to immerse themselves and connect with the local community
  • Family motto: Travel - Learn - Love - Serve
  • Vlogger and blogger @ The Wallace Reboot
If you could invite 1 person to a dinner party – who would it be and why?
We can't choose one. Can we invite our 10 yr old selves? All the popular answers are popular for a reason right? All would be fascinating for sure, Jesus, Darwin, Aristotle, Abraham Lincoln, the list goes on. It would definitely be someone brave enough to stand for something unpopular, or maybe Tam would just convince Wally to invite Buddha as she has picked up a desire to really get zen. All we need is love...and a dinner invite.
What motivates you? Makes you happy?
New experiences motivate us. We love seeing new places, meeting new people and experiencing different ways of doing things and living life. Getting to do all this regularly and together as a family still blows our minds. Living our life to the fullest and on our terms definitely makes us happy.
What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
We would tell our 10-year old selves that we are enough just the way we are. That as long as we try to do and be a little better today than yesterday than we are on the right path. That it is always better to be kind, to learn about healthy boundaries, and use them, but always be kind. To question everything and not should on ourselves!
If you could make 1 global change – what would it be?
This is hard. One? Global laws to protect economic development with any foreign investment would be one. If the local people aren't being raised up, it shouldn't be happening.
What are your Top 3 achievements?
Our top 3 achievements are 1. Individually and collectively overcoming life’s difficulties and trying to see the learning opportunities in them. 2. Staying both open minded and true to our beliefs. 3. Raising really great kids.
What does sustainability mean for you?
Sustainability to us is balance and doing what we can to not create more imbalance in nature and in our earth's resources. We don't necessarily think of ourselves and the term consciously as something that defines us, but once we start to think about it we can see its place past, present, and future. We have always tried to use things up and wear them out, we recycled as long as we can remember. As we have traveled, we have learned more and we continue to see the need for future efforts on our part and everyone else sharing this world.
What was the most important event/influence that changed your perspective?
Tamara: A culmination of things. Life experiences and growing desires as I’ve matured to be better and do better. My faith in a higher power and a desire to live my very best life on my personal path.
Wally: A tragic life altering car accident where one of his 2 daughters at the time lost her life and his nearly as well. Given 7 hours to live, he is a walking miracle and since surviving believes he is still here for a reason. It drives him to try and always do good, be happy and serve others.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Our current life of full-time travel is insanely amazing and we feel very blessed and grateful. On the other side though, it is hard work and has required many sacrifices. We are not rich by financial standards, but in experience and in time for sure, which makes it all worth it.

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