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.


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

  • 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

  • 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:

    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

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