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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sponsor me on this journey.