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Clank, clank, clank goes the mermaid with her satchel full of jars, forks, & mugs! 😎👍🏽 I either have all the reusables or I’m ready to improvise. . #byo #bringyourown #airport #travel #zerowaste #zerowastetravel #plasticfree #plasticfreetravel


Toured a recycling center today to get more intimate with our waste issue. The global standards for recyclables have increased so much that plastic buyers are far & few between. Most facilities cannot sell plastics to any resource purchasers at the moment. However, our sorting standards are sloppier than ever. Our resources are too contaminated to be recycled, so they end up in landfill. "Anything can be recycled. But is there a market for it? Does the place you live have the facility to process it? Who will buy it? The chasing arrows is the worst thing to be invented. It gives people the totally FALSE idea a material will be recycled, when in fact most items with these arrows end up in landfill." This is a complicated problem. It differs from every town to council to waste facility. The materials the roadside collection folk accept vary everywhere. The facilities are all different with what they accept because they all have different buyers for the recyclable "resources." Previously all was sold overseas to recycling companies in Asia. Our most reliable buyer has been China. Last December China closed its doors to our resources to drive up the value of Chinese resources in their internal waste market. Hence, the crisis. We interviewed the legend mermaid Operations Manager who allowed us to ask ALL the questions. I'll go live on insta tomorrow w/ a recap of the interview & pop it on my blog. She's been in recycling for over 14 years. She's frustrated. She's vegan. She's a legend. I asked her what message she has for y'all. She said it all begins with the MANUFACTURERS. All of our waste problems start with them. They need to be held responsible for what they are creating. There is only so much individuals can do. We need more regulation on the packaging manufacturers put out there. Also, KEEP IT SIMPLE. Do not mess with mixed resource packaging. Buy things packaged in cardboard or paper. Not cardboard lined with plastic. If it is 2 resources (or 3 or 4) mixed together, it def will not get recycled. Keep it simple if you are packaging products & buying products. More to come on this... #iquitplastics


Mermaid, Maker, Sourdough Baker ! 💙🥖✨ . . So grateful to have the downtime in this remote Aussie oasis to chill, meet interesting humans, & learn new skills. Thankful to meet Laurie the owner of the bakery in town, who has just hired a new head baker master of sourdough! Thus we held an impromptu sourdough workshop this morning where I learned how to nurture the starter culture, feed & fold when ready for baking, & the biggest lesson of all, to wait patiently between each stage of its rising. 🙏🏽💙😌 . Such a timely lesson for this busy bee. To slow down & wait. Pause & be patient. 💙 . Now we have fresh baked, warm out of the oven, easy-to-digest yummy sourdough bread. Also I have a starter culture that I can nurture & travel with. Baking fresh bread for all who host me in this gypsy phase! 💙🤤 . Thank you Laurie & Daniel for teaching me. I am just a little bit excited! . Now I just need a portable avocado tree, so i can make smashed avo toast for every meal. . Remember if you go to the bakery, to ask for your bread in a paper bag & then store in a big tupperware OR reuse your plastic bag. 💙


This represents my feels on BEEGAN STICKY DATE PUDDING. . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here is the recipe : (more recipes coming soon in my How To Quit Plastics Book! Sign up on my website for updates) . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On stove, put 2 cups fresh chopped medjool dates + 1 1/2 cup water on medium heat in small saucepan, bring to boil, stir. Turn off the heat, add 1 tsp bicarb soda. let sit for 20 min. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mix in cup: 3 tbsp chia 3 tbsp hot water . Stir together in bowl: 2 tsp honey 3/4 c molasses 2 tsp coco . Blend both together, pour into bowl. . Gradually fold in 2 cups of flour. Stir in date mixture. Combine well. Pour into coco oil lined bundt cake tin. . Cook for 40-50 min, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool as u make the sauce. . Add One can coco cream +1 tbsp molasses + 2 tbsp honey to a saucepan, place on medium heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer gently for approx 20 min. . Pierce the pudding all over & drizzle w/ 1/2 cup of sauce. . Cut pudding into wedges, serve with extra sauce poured over, & vegan nice cream. . No plastic used in this recipe except the plastic seal around the glass molasses jar. 😑 #vegan #plasticfree #iquitplastics #stickydatepudding #veganrecipe #dessert


Omg but what do you do about pens? . I sharpen wooden pencils. So I can take rainbow notes. 🌈🦄 I write mostly on the laptop. Rare markers are still healthy from past arty days that I use to label jars. A few pens live in my case, leftover from others, cherished, rarely used for signatures & paperwork & to address letters. Send your used plastic pens to @terracycle @auspost @officeworks @biomestores @recyclenation . . It’s not about moving into a cave to avoid creating plastic waste. It’s about rethinking the “norm” where plastic has infiltrated to take the shape of what suits our wants best. Of course a plastic pen works best, is most convenient, transfers ink the best. BUT is it worth the thousand years that plastic pen will linger on our precious planet? These are the questions we have to start asking ourselves. Is there an alternative that we can retrain our routine around that has less of an impact on our planet? ✏️💛📝 . How nostalgic is sharpening a pencil with a little metal sharpener? Use more natural materials. Recycle paper scraps for lists & notes. If you host events, hand out branded pencils & recycled paper. If you host a meeting, hand out coloured pencils to inspire your employees or coworkers to think in colour & in pictures! Be a kid. Draw & play. Save the world. . #iquitplastics #plasticfree #plasticfreemermaid


#ToplessForTheSea is a cheeky campaign to help your friends & fam build awareness around coffee cup culture. . Lead by example by bringing your own reusable mug or cup. . If you forget, have your coffee at the cafe in a ceramic mug. Perhaps slowing down to enjoy your coffee fresh will feel good. . If you have to run, could you skip the coffee for the morning? It’s healthy for us to go without. It’s good for us to practice NOT satisfying our every desire. It can help retrain our brain away from convenience, back to consciousness. . IF you are engaged in this practice, in this conscious practice of avoiding plastic-lined takeaway cups with their plastic lids, then you are leading by example, theennnnn you can invite others to participate. . We don’t want plastic preachers on pulpits, we want playful cheeky positive change makers INSPIRING others to get involved in something fun, in something important, in something positive. If you preach, they will rebel, they will react, they will resist. If you invite them to get TOPLESS with you in the cafe line, they will giggle & be curious. AHA! You have them. Lead their curiosity to your brief pitch on plastics & help them BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION by skipping the plastic lid on their coffee today. . Go topless. For the sea. For the future generations. For THEIR OWN HEALTH because their lid be leaching hectic, hormone-altering chemicals straight into their coffee straight into their blood. A few reasons. . Tell the barista you’re going topless. Help set up a mug library. Get your friends to get topless. Tag #toplessforthesea ❤️ I’m still trying to remember the password to @toplessforthesea but welcome to tag us there as well 😜 . GOOD LUCK RAINBOW WARRIORS rise up & get your tops off! 🙌🏽🙊✨☕️😁💙 . . photo by @alexkyddphoto 💙 . . WHO ARE YOUR FAV REUSABLE CUP BRANDS? TAG THEM! SHARE THE SOLUTIONS! 💙💙💙💙💙


STRAWS GO FROM CHIC TO SHIT IN A FLASH!! . . How quickly did sucking become taboo!? I actually throw unabashed dirty looks at suckers in restaurants. I wrinkle my nose & judge those sucking openly in the streets. . I usually have compassion for people at all stages of their plastic awareness journey. I like to be positive, solution oriented, & lead by example, so they feel welcomed instead of bombarded. However, with all the plastic straw bans trending globally over the past few months, there is no question all the humans are aware that straws are bad news. Logically, if they suck it is not hard to conclude that they suck. . Of course if you rely on straws due to a disability, that is a different story entirely & hopefully paper or reusable silicone straws can work for you. . But for those who choose to suck straws, despite all of the bans that have brought this little plastic accessory to headlines worldwide, SHAME! There are too many sustainable alternatives sold all over for you to excuse your sucky behaviour. We have to make change TODAY. We cannot wait for your cocktail or smoothie to be sucked dry. Use a spoon or your lips or a reusable straw. . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you a straw person? Do you bring your own straw? Or are you happy to go without? Do you know straw people? Would they bring their own straw? What’s the solution for the sucky peeps out there?? . . WHAT do you think brought on all of these bans? What is shifting for us that companies jumped on this trend? Do you agree that straws are low hanging fruit? Easy to cut out and look “sustainable” by jumping on board? Or do you think it’s gallant & a true sign of a company working to rid plastic pollution? How can we let this be a building block in the plastic free revolution? Instead of a fleeting trend, but the first brick laid in our return to nature away from synthetic? . . #stopsucking #strawssuck #straws photo by @briannaihorne


NEW ZEALAND BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love this graphic by @grumpyturtledesign ✨ Shops have 6 months to make the change, less time to transition away from bags than most Australian bans had--whether self imposed by retailers (COUGH, COLES) or state/territory-led. However, in NZ many towns have already chosen to be plastic bag free & major supermarkets have been charging for plastic bags for over a decade. Perhaps this official legislation is easier to pass due to the culture of many small communities and larger retailers having taken action against plastics individually. This should empower us to ask our local governments (who may try to assure us it is up to the feds), to take on a voluntary ban on plastic bags (& other plastics!) for businesses. We can ask individual businesses to take a stand against plastics. Build business alliances to create a tipping point for each town to become plastic bag free! . Additionally a part of NZ’s ban are fines of up to $NZ100,000 ($AUS 89,621) for supermarkets that hand out plastic bags. . What do you think about this notion of fining supermarkets or other corporations for the plastic they hand out? Do you think this could work in Australia? . Imagine if this was applied to other products and businesses that distribute disposable plastics! WELL DONE KIWIS! 🙌🏽🥝 #banthebag #nzbansthebag


I keep little jars of all my powders & potions. When I travel I carry little paper bags folded up, that I page through to find spices or clay or seeds or tea leaves. This makes it handy if I need to prepare a delicious feast with all the spices or host a spontaneous workshop with lush ingredients or need to take some self love pamper time with a clay mask. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I like to keep bentonite clay handy. I have been adding it to my toothpaste & deodorant recipes to smooth them out. I find them a nicer, more gentle texture. Def earthier in the mouth, but the tea tree + mint mouthwash answers that nicely. . Then I always have the ingredients to suck the yuck from my face with this detoxifying facial. . Buy clay in bulk from a health store like @thesourcebulkfoods . Store in a small jar. For the mask, I mixed 2 tsp clay + 1 tsp water + 1 tsp grapeseed oil. DO NOT LET CLAY TOUCH METAL. It deactivates it, rendering it useless for attracting the toxins from your skin. Use a ceramic bowl & a chopstick or wooden spoon to stir. Smear thick cream all over face. Can extend to neck & chest as well. Let sit until hard. Wash off with warm water & soft organic cloth. Gently massage a light oil to skin. FEEL THE GLOW! 🤩🤩🤩


SWAM WITH TIGER SHARKS TODAY. 💙🦈✨ SWAM WITH WHALES YESTERDAY. 💙🐋✨ . Heart expansion times a million. Being in the water with these creatures has been fabric of my dreams for decades. The first time my eyes fell upon a tiger shark I wept. Every puff from the blow holes of humpbacks makes me gasp. Witnessing these legendary beings in the wild, healthy & thriving, feels like my fantastical imagination has merged with my reality. Being in the water with tiger sharks, a heart full of love & complete respect as they navigate their domain, changing course with quick agility & humbling speed. The humpbacks. My mama’s favourite. Snorkelling the reef when a big mama surfaced so near us when we looked in her direction we saw her calf, pale white & wondrous, flexing her new little form through the blue. Neither of these encounters were planned. The ocean eco-system here is healthy and vibrant. The marine life is thriving and safe in these waters. As a visitor, my heart swells with love and respect. I am grateful for the scientists & conservationists working hard to keep these waters protected & the creatures safe. Many of these amazing animals migrate beyond the bounds of this pristine reef and surrounding regulated waters. Please always support legitimate conservation based tourism if you seek marine animal encounters. There are many tat claim to be “eco,” but whose main priority is to collect your money & line their pockets. We must do our research and support sustainable business. I feel grateful to have had two days of ocean adventure, the first sunny, non-windy days in weeks & we scored. I call it magic-manifesting. I call it karma for hard work & a worked heart. I am FILLED UP by these mermaid swims with humpback whales, manta rays, tiger sharks, reef sharks, loggerhead turtles, green turtles, parrot fish, so many fish! benthic rays, healthy coral, and dear human friends. Humbled. In awe. Full of respect. . . thanks for the beyond epic magic af day of ocean adventure @alexkyddphoto @ningaloomarineinteractions @emi_campbell


WELCOMING IN MUSICIANS FOR THE SAIL WHALE RETREAT. Had a vision for this retreat. This will be a meeting of the minds to work on Plastic Pollution. WELCOMING IN THE BROTHERS. This work cannot be limited to women alone. I am feeling the masculine, feeling them as the feminine rises and we find our voice. Brothers we need you to speak, to rise, you are acknowledged and so so valued. Welcoming you to this retreat. We are going to pack the boat with change makers. Of any and all genders. This work is bigger than us. We need all the humans to come together. So their can be no separation in this co creation of the new world, the new way. With musicians. To serenade the whales in the glassy waters of Hervey Bay. To open our hearts and minds to think about the way the world is, disrupt the way things are, co create the new way, he way forward. Come join us on this sailing adventure to put our heads & hearts together on this journey for environmental justice. Calling in the Earth Warriors. Calling in musicians to come play, come sing, come serenade the beautiful whales and their calves. This is the change we have been waiting for. We have to step up and make it happen. Link in bio for more info or go to


Where does our marine plastic pollution come from? These stats are from the legends at @boomerangalliance : . 33% beverage litter . 18% tire dust . 11% maritime industry . 9% synthetic fibres . 5% ciggy butts . 1% microbeads . 1% plastic bags . 22% other litter . . Get your beverages in check people. By now, this banner is a few years old. Now that we have the container deposit schemes in place, it would be great to see how these figures have changed!


SYDNEY MERMAID EVENTS . . 💙THURS 16 AUGUST - BONDI💙 ✨SCREENING BLUE the Film + Q&A with moi & @TimSilverwood ✨ Hosted by TOMRA & @take3forthesea , celebrating their new partnership to ‘Close the loop on Recycling’. Screening will include the World Premiere of the new ‘TOMRA presents Take 3’ film & a discussion / Q&A with Kate Nelson & Tim Silverwood. Location: Bondi Pavilion 16th August 6-9pm Film starts 7pm . . . 💙SATURDAY 18 AUGUST - ROZELLE💙 ✨PLASTIC FREE MASTER CLASS✨ Grounding meditation, intros, & plastics discussion. I want to know what moves you to be your best Earth Warrior version of yourself! A little plastics discussion and then you will get to crafting: •Organic Toothpaste •Organic Deodorant •Organic Face Scrub Location: @eggoftheuniverse 711 Darling Street Rozelle, NSW Saturday August 18 2:30pm-4:30pm Bookings Essential: or DM @eggoftheuniverse Proudly supported by @thesourcebulkfoods Balmain 💙💙💙 💙💙💙 Interested in booking me to host a workshop or launch a film or speak at a school? Email your proposal to Subject Line: EVENT


Steps for HOW TO START A MUG LIBRARY at a local cafe up on ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A mug library is a stash of mugs at the cafe, which customers can access as an alternative to plastic-lined takeaway coffee cups & plastic lids. Neither of which get recycled. All of which are single-use. Thus, hugely wasteful! And fortunately, completely avoidable! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Basic steps: Go to an Op Shop & buy 30 cheap mugs. Put the mugs into a cute wooden crate. Make a sign "BOOMERANG CUPS : to borrow (by donation) & bring back!" . VOILA! Done. Time to let the environmental karma shower you in natural miracles and earthly blessings! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More steps & facts like these up on my blog: Coffee cups are estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day! . . #takeawaycup #byocup #keepcup #muglibrary #toplessforthesea


Let’s wrap our veggies and leftovers in local organic beeswax instead of toxic cling wrap. . . . Beeswax wraps are fairly simple to make. Check out my YouTube channel (Plastic Free Mermaid) for a tutorial on how to make your own! Always support your local beekeeper who looks after bees with love & care. This is the wax that we melt for our wraps. Use organic, natural cloth for the wrap squares. 💛✨ . . #beeswaxwraps #plasticfree #iquitplastics


Shells over shovels. #mermaidlife . . . Aloe, a treasured gift from the local vet who looks after all the precious animals in this wild town! Including, two sea turtles, Bertha, who likely has a belly full of plastic & another, Myrtle, who is recovering from shark attack that took her flipper & left some hectic teeth scratches on her shell! . . Thank you @saltyfysh @bia.fig


Wear vintage, second hand, natural fibers, last of all, wear recycled synthetic fibers. Reclaimed plastic bottles recycled into stretchy fibers are the best option we have available at the moment for stretchy swimwear & activewear clothing. It is not ideal to wash anything synthetic as the microfibres that shed end up in the waterways, eventually draining to the oceans. Try to hand wash such items & dump waste water in the dirt in your backyard. Truly this is the best we can do at this stage as we wait for natural fibre technology to catch up. ⠀ ⠀ That and BUY LESS. Buy high quality items that you will LOVE & look after. That will LAST. That will not wear out or that you will wear once and be sick of. Do not buy into fleeting trends and fast fashion. It is not cool to have a different outfit every time you get social, it is admirable to have timeless items that help express who you are on a deep level. Let your choice of clothing stand for more. Each item representing your values for a healthy planet, your connection to nature, your love for yourself & others. 💙 ⠀ .⠀ Spend your money like you mean it. With businesses doing their part for the planet. Honest companies with good intentions. ⠀ ⠀ Recycled swim by @arnhem_clothing


OCTOPUS PORN . A fav clip from the footage gathered on the latest Ningaloo Reef Mermaid Retreat. Exploring the underwater wonderland with @alexkyddphoto & the mermaids. Fortunate to witness flirting octopus & their ever impressive camouflaging between sand & coral. . . I have wide reach here on instagram. It expands my heart in unimaginable directions to connect deep with humans on the mermaid retreats. . . So grateful. So looking forward to the mermaid magic for the Hervey Bay Humpback Whale Sailing Retreat at end of this month. . #rememberwhyyoustarted #findyourWHY #WHYbeforeHOW #WhatisyourWHY #octopus #octopusvideo . . SONG BY @BILLYOTTO 💙 Octopus footage by @alexkyddphoto on @ningaloomarineinteractions