How to go zero waste (slowly) with Erin Rhoads – Summer Series

Hello, and welcome to our 2020 Summer Series!

Every Thursday in January we’ll be revisiting some of our favourite podcast episodes while we walk the slow living walk over the summer break. Also it turns out podcasts, just like fine wine, really do get better with age, so whether you missed them the first time around, or are having another listen, we hope you enjoy these poggies as much as we did!


As we head not only in to a new year but also a new decade I know many of our listeners are looking to make positive changes to the way they live by reducing plastic and reducing waste. I wanted to bring this episode back to the top of the podcast feed to not only give you some practical advice on how to do that, but also to offer some gentle encouragement to make changes even when they’re difficult or slow in coming.

My guest today is Erin Rhoads, creator of The Rogue Ginger blog and author of two excellent low-waste living books, and in this conversation she provides incredibly accessible and practical tips on living a zero-waste life.

We go back to the moment (the movie, actually) that changed Erin from a mindless consumer to conscious advocate and why her journey towards zero waste began with very small and gradual changes too.

Erin also answers a few questions that I’m consistently asked about when it comes to living plastic-free, specifically:

  • How can we avoid plastic wrapping when buying cheese?
  • Is there an alternative for lunch wraps that doesn’t require us to cook our own?
  • How can we open up the low-waste conversation with suppliers, family and friends without making people feel judged?

We also talk about the one simple change you can make today – regardless of where you are in your journey towards living plastic-free, as well as offering an encouragement to act rather than get angry.

It’s a conversation full of practical tips and encouragement, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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One Response to How to go zero waste (slowly) with Erin Rhoads – Summer Series

  1. This is a great episode. I have been working my way from the old podcasts forward and haven’t heard this one. It’s great, thanks.