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Waste Not

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We need to talk about waste. Shrink-wrapped vegies, disposable coffee cups, clothes and electronics designed to be upgraded every year: we are surrounded by stuff that we often use once and then throw away. Each year Australian households produce enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom home, including thousands of dollars worth of food and an ever-increasing amount of plastic, which takes hundreds of years to break down and often ends up in our oceans or our food chain.

But what to do about such a huge problem? Is it just the price we pay for the conveniences of modern life? What if it were possible to have it both ways – to live a modern life with less waste?

That’s where Erin Rhoads, aka The Rogue Ginger, comes in. 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 Waste Notshe shares everything she’s learnt from her own funny, inspiring – and far-from-perfect – journey to living with less waste.

Learn how to:

switch out the disposable plastics from your shopping trolley

make simple cleaning solutions free from harmful chemicals

find your favourite beauty products without all the packaging

give a baby shower present that won’t end up in the charity shop bag

plan your own zero-waste wedding (and what ‘zero waste’ even means!)

About the Author

Erin Rhoads has been writing about her zero-waste journey since 2013. Her blog, The Rogue Ginger, quickly became one of Australia’s most popular eco-lifestyle websites, and Erin is now a prominent commentator on zero-waste living.

She divides her time consulting with businesses on waste reduction, sharing skills and ideas at workshops and talks for kids and adults around Australia, and participating in environmental action groups. Erin was a consultant on Australia’s War on Waste and is a regular contributor on ABC Radio.

She has been featured on BBC World, The Project, Sunrise, The Age, The Guardian, The Australian Women's Weekly, Marie Claire, Peppermint magazine and many more. Erin lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and son.

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