Is it time to consciously uncouple from your toxic relationship with single-use plastic?

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rachelle strauss talks on mothers of inventionEarlier this year I was approached by the Mothers of Invention team to share my story.

They were launching an independent podcast about women who are tackling climate change.

Hosted by Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins, the Mothers of Invention Podcast celebrates the work of women on the frontline of global climate change from all over the world. Each episode is put together in a compelling documentary style.

You’ll hear from the citizens who are taking their governments to court over climate change to those who are learning to hit vested interests where it hurts the most – in the pocket.

In episode three, I, along with others, are discussing the issues of our over-consumption of single-use plastics along with some of the solutions to help preserve resources and the environment.

Despite a somewhat confrontational marketing message (I’ll leave it to you to discover it for yourself!) the podcast has had rave reviews, press coverage all over the world and 20,000 subscribers for the first two episodes.

Episode three is out today. Tune in to discover the story behind the Zero Waste Week campaign here. You’ll also hear from:

  • Judi Wakhungu & Alice Kaudia – The women behind the world’s toughest plastic bag ban
  • Sian Sutherland – founder of A Plastic Planet
  • Chelsea Briganti & Leigh Ann Tucker – creators of edible bioplastics

We’ll be digging deep into some of the problems with plastics – namely that oil takes millions of years to form, we drill it out of the ground, turn it into plastic items – many of which are used for less than 20 minutes (I’m looking at you plastic straw, carrier bag, coffee cup) – before being thrown into landfill where it lasts several hundred more years!

Not only that, but as Sian Sutherland’s war cry reminds us, when did it become ok to wrap items as perishable as food in something as indestructible as plastic?

Have a listen now I’d love to know what you think!

 

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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