Little did I know that my life would change so considerably after watching A Plastic Ocean. While I’ve always been conscious about reducing, reusing, recycling and repurposing, I never considered that one could actually refuse plastics, let alone inspire others to do the same. Sure, I always say “no” to straws, plastic bags and cutlery, but that was about the extent of it. At the same time, I was getting more and more annoyed to be given plastics at every turn when purchasing food. I have since found ways of going around this, by shopping at the greenmarket and eating according to the seasons, as well as bringing my own containers to purchase bulk food items and takeout foods.
The #plasticfreefoodie eZine is a collection of recipes showcases 80 recipes contributed by over 60 inspirational food Instagrammers and zero-waste influencers Lauren Singer from Trash is for Tossers and Shia Su from Wasteland Rebel. Also featured are stunning photos by top ocean / marine life photographers. From Australia to New York, Germany to India, the contributors of this issue are sharing, with their collective 5.5 million followers, an important message beyond beautiful foods they create and showcase each day. The responses from these posts has been incredibly positive in promoting plastic usage awareness, building momentum for what I hope to be an ongoing recognition and positive change in spending habits.