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Rogue about Plastic - with Benefits!

With Erin Rhoads - The Rogue Ginger

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In this episode we chat to Erin Rhoads known as “The Rogue Ginger’ and find out what inspired her to start to use less plastic, reduce waste and live a more sustainable life.


Erin is the lady behind the popular Australian eco lifestyle blog and website ‘Less waste, less plastic and sustainable living with ‘The Rogue Ginger’ with information on zero waste and plastic free living, where she shares tips on how to reduce plastic and rubbish every day.


Erin went from eating plastic-packaged takeaway while shopping online for fast fashion, to becoming one of Australia’s most popular eco-bloggers. Erin knows that small changes can have a big impact. In her book ‘Waste Not’ she shares everything she’s learnt from her own funny, inspiring – and far-from-perfect – journey to living with less waste.

Through Erin's pursuit to live plastic-free and zero-waste, she has learnt to eat real food, discover new skills, cut down her exposure to harmful chemicals, found joy in moments over everyday things and simplified her life, while saving money.

Or listen to the latest episode right here, right now, via the stream below or subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher

She is the author of ‘Waste Not: making a big difference by throwing away less’ which has been described as the ‘Barefoot Investor’ for those wanting to be more environmentally friendly. Erin has been featured on BBC World, The Project, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Age, Marie Claire, Peppermint Magazine, Women's Weekly, was a consultant on Australia’s War on Waste and is a regular contributor on ABC Radio.


The philosophy behind our Gutsy Matters podcast align so well with Erin’s ‘pursuit to live plastic-free and zero-waste, eat real food, and cut down exposure to chemicals’.


In this episode Erin discusses and gives us amazing insights into:


  • why she started to reduce waste in her life and how you can begin to do the same
  • how taking part in Plastic Free July changed her habits and she couldn’t go back
  • how heat draws out endocrine disrupters from plastic
  • swapping out single-use plastic items every day to reduce plastic waste
  • how plastic gets into our food
  • the time plastic takes to breakdown
  • how plastic acts like a magnet to toxic chemicals
  • valuing our farmers and the food they produce
  • starting your own plastic free challenge and influencing your friends
  • hints on how you can remember to say no to plastic
  • how to shop smarter…..

plus her vision for household waste!


Here are a couple of the quotes from the podcast:


‘It was just learning to say no to everyday plastics and getting into the habit of using the alternatives …... And after doing the month long challenge it was so hard for me to go back ….  So I just kept going.. because even though I set up only to reduce plastic for a month, it’s bought me all these other benefits for life which I was not anticipating at all.’


‘Remember that the decisions we make every day can have a huge impact on reducing our waste’


Her book ‘Waste Not – make a difference by throwing away less’ is packed full of wonderful information, where to start, tools, ticks and tricks.


Here is the link to the book on Booktopia.  


Fantastic resources mentioned in this conversation: 

The beginning of Erin’s move to her ‘waste not’ and sustainable living lifestyle began when she watched the documentary ‘The Clean Bin Project’.

Here is the link to the trailer – we are sure you find it extremely interesting.



Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Get involved to start changing your habits.



Go to Erin’s website and blog for great articles and more information and also to purchase her books.


Her latest book ‘Waste Not Everyday’ is a wonderful guide with 365 hints and tips – daily zero-waste inspirations!


Here is the link to the book on Booktopia.


Plastic Free Produce

Erin mentioned the campaign for plastic free produce

Here is the link

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11 May 2020
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