Meet Jacqui Scruby. She was a lawyer until she decided a career change was in order.
She now runs 6 Weeks To Plastic Free online courses for people who want to transition to a plastic-free lifestyle. Naturally, being planet-lovers ourselves, this piqued our interest, so we drilled her on the details.
What do you mean by plastic free?
Why should we all go plastic free?
What does your course teach us?
Ultimately that a slow, plastic free life is rewarding and the single best thing you can do for the planet.
My course is a bootcamp for going cold turkey plastic free. It teaches you the most efficient process and method for achieving a zero waste house. Starting with values, mindset and awareness through to a huge kitchen clear out to front end all your waste. Once that is done participants commit to no more plastic entering the house - and are supported in changing their shopping habits to be plastic free. I give specific products, shops and tips for different regions. For anything you can't find plastic free (crackers and tortillas) you learn how to make them. The end of the course delves into easy composting (hello Subpod!) nd looks at broader environmental issues such as household emissions and how to leverage your spheres of influence to create greater change.
What's the hardest thing about going plastic free and how do you fix that?
What are three things we can do right now to decrease our plastic usage?
1. Sit down as a household and get clear on your values. Choose as a household that you want to cut your plastic use and commit to giving it a red hot crack for a few weeks to see if you can dramatically decrease your waste. Plastic Free July is a great time to commit.
2. Do a kitchen clear out! Save a load of jars and then transfer everything in packaging into jars all in one go. This has so many benefits- you really get the ick for plastic as you see the amount of packaging, you achieve 'shelf goals' with a pantry full of jars - but most importantly the NYC Broken Windows theory - if you don't have plastic in your kitchen you'll be less likely to buy it.
3. Shop differently for a week - plastic free veggies, bulk food shop and butcher / fish shop. Have a chat to the shopkeepers and find out where your food is coming from.