2011 A Plastic Free Year – stepping away from our plastic culture

 

In late 2010, I watched some documentaries that made my eyes water with sadness. They highlighted one of the most under-recognised, widespread pollutants in the world that is causing very concerning health problems for humans, marine life and our shared Earth – PLASTIC.

 

Plastic is everywhere. So is plastic pollution.

 

So in the wise words of Ghandi, I decided to be the change I want to see, and my 2011 New Year resolution was to attempt living a year without plastic.

 

My Plastic Free Guidelines – Facebook

 

It started out as just me. Next my partner and his 5 year old made the commitment to join, and in August 2011 I welcomed my first baby daughter Willow, who involuntarily has also joined in.
The results?  We lived a modern lifestyle on 2% plastic compared to that of an average Australian family and we enjoyed every minute of it!
We have many learning’s to share, and to anyone who’s considering making a similar commitment to reduce purchasing virgin plastic, I salute you! It has been the most highly educative, satisfying and unifying time for our family. We are proud to have established strong family values in hope to improve our shared Earth.

 

2012 Art, Awareness & Algalita

 

ART

 

No plastic that our family accumulated in 2011 is allowed to enter the waste stream. Therefore I am making an art piece from the plastic, which will be completed in mid 2012. Please contact me if you have room to publicly exhibit this plastic trash art or are interested in purchasing it. Any money raised by selling plastic trash art will go towards raising awareness of plastic pollution and funding a place for me to join Algalita research expedition [see Algalita section below]. Images of the art piece will be posted here once complete.

 

AWARENESS

 

Our 2011 A Plastic Free Year has come to an end, but we’re not going to end such a good thing. We are continuing to live a plastic free lifestyle, and will be updating this site with everything we have learnt and continue to learn. We will be starting to vlog (video blog) tips such as baking and cooking plastic free, raising children plastic free, and have a page dedicated to world news on the issue plastic pollution.

 

I am available to book for guest speaking and presenting – for more details please see Book Me.

 

ALGALITA and 5 GYRES

 

When I fell pregnant in late 2010, I had to postpone a dream of mine to join the Algalita & 5 Gyres research expedition on one of their journeys through one of the five gyres to see the infamous plastic oceanic soup for myself. I plan to now do this in 2013 if . . .big IF . . . I can find a sponsor and/or fundraise the AUD$20,000 approx I need to cover the expedition fee , time and air tickets.  This would mean the world to us, and let us see for ourselves the importance of living plastic free.

 

Please contact me at gina@plasticfreelifestyle.com if you would like to sponsor me on this journey.

 

Thank you

 

12 Responses

  • Pam Kenyon says:

    Just saw you on Sunrise Congratulations Gina to you & your husband for tackling this. When we think we should do something for our health and the health of the environment we think it is too hard and we don’t even try You have given me food for thought
    Regards
    Pam

  • Reilly Rose says:

    Well done. Just saw your story on sunrise. You should offer a sign up feature on here and send out regular newsletters to your subscribers including hints & tips and petitions to companies to change their packaging…

  • Hayley Hughes says:

    Well done on all your efforts last year on keeping your new year resolution of keeping plastic free and continueing this lifestyle into the future, I am so inspired and will now endevour to follow in your footsteps. Thank you for sharing your experiences and providing tips and information on this plight as it will make it easier and less overwhelming for other people thinking about taking up this challenge.

  • Dear Gina

    Well done you for taking on the challenge of living plastic free for a year. It can be done and we can still live successfully without consuming more plastic. I own a company called LUNCHBOXMANIA, which sells stainless steel lunchboxes, containers and baby and toddlers bottles so I completely believe in what you are doing. Fantastic job on the interview this morning and your continuing commitment to living without plastic. We most definitely need to keep spreading the word. Thanks and all the best. Jo

  • Vikki Knight says:

    Hi Gina – I have long been an opponent of plastic as I believe it is killing our world. I have waged my own vendetta and thought I lived a pretty clean life but you have inspired me to do even better. Thank you for sharing your message!

    Best wishes with your campaign and your fund raising for your expedition

    Kindest regards
    Vikki

  • Janelle Robinson says:

    It is great the awareness you have made here – well done. There is no better time than now to make steps in our everyday lives to help with this problem. I work in a school and each day I feel defeated when I see so much plastic being used, snaplock bags for a few biscuits, and the dreaded gladwrap!! However, one little class of new receptions now think they are sooo cool for bringing there reusable lunchboxes and containers after I started praising the odd one for bring reusable containers and now it has become infectious and they all want to do it! The joy and enthusiasm they show is wonderful. Only through education and changing people perception can change happen. Unfortunatly it is a lot of the adults and teachers that first need to be educated, a bit of a case of practice what you preach! And people have forgotten the power of numbers, consumer demand can really have a great impact of companies and how they operate. I am a big letter writer to companies, good and bad. It all helps.
    Keep up the great work.

  • WOO HOO! Well done Gina and family – you’re doing a great job. Keep the conversation flowing!

  • Bee Beauty is following you and very interested in your ‘plastic free lifesyle’

  • Mark Thomas says:

    Hi
    Im very inpressed with all you have done and it great to see you spreading the word on tv and radio, as it gets out there!
    I have been working on living plastic free since i was i little kid ( i guess some people just get it from birth and some never do)
    you have inspired me (being a victorian to) to continue and get the word out there!
    For your reasearch trip try contacting Daved de Rhothchild for funds( if you dont know, he’s a millionaire who sailed a recycled plastic bottle boat through that ‘plastic oceanic soup”in 2010) its a longshot but worth a try or two, and you have been on tv!
    anyway wish you all the best
    mark

  • Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back
    to your site? My blog site is in the very same niche as yours and my users would truly benefit from some of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you. Thanks a lot!
    making a website

  • Amanda says:

    Hey I love the idea but we have a dog, any ideas about scoopin the poop?



Leave a Comment