Why?

I believe that we all have an impact on our natural world and small changes can influence huge culture shifts.

Blue Planet Effect and Drowning in Plastic have helped to get waste problems into the press but there is still not enough chat about practical solutions that will work sustainably in the long term.

There is no waste in nature and we should take nature’s lead to look for circular solutions.  It is not a straight forward problem or solution but I have the ability to cut through the confusion and present to you the facts, without re-inventing the wheel.

What is Talking Rubbish all about?

I have created this platform to give a voice to the campaigners, educators, scientists, artists, adventurers, product designers, brands, celebrities and every day heroes to shout about the work they do, the solutions they propose and how you can follow their footsteps to recreate grass roots projects in your community.

I will also be providing some free toolkits for you to improve your waste footprint at work and day to day tips and advice.

As a passionate advocate for the ocean there will be an ocean slant but this problem is not confined to the ocean.  Its source is us, every day, every where so expect to hear from a variety of people as I build this resource.

How to Christmas with less waste in 10 simple steps

Do you want to avoid piles of unwanted gifts at Christmas?  Want to minimise left over food and unnecessary packaging? Here are 10 simple steps for producing less waste at Christmas.   With the festive season around the corner here are my top tips for reducing your...

Christmas Gift Tips that Help Reduce Plastic Pollution

Do you want to shop ethically. and consciously this Christmas? Want to avoid plastic and help others to avoid single-use? Here are my top tips…

How To Adventure With Less Plastic Waste.

Here are my top 10 tips for adventuring with less plastic waste.

The A-Z of and Something We Should All Know About Recycling. Q & A with Green Centre Co-Founder Melanie Rees

“It is VERY important that you follow instructions for your recycling as contamination causes HUGE problems….. “

What Do You, As A Consumer, Want For The Future Of Plastic Products?

You only need look at the success of the plastic bag charge to see how easy change is. A 90% reduction in one year by the introduction of a mere 5p.

Over 5500 Pieces of Plastic. What did we do with it?

All in all we picked up a shocking 5637 pieces of plastic! 86% of this was avoidable single use plastic. Imagine the difference to the environment if we managed to cut out single use plastic! Bottles and tops were by far the biggest polluter, accounting for half of the plastic we found.

Paddle Pickup: Leg 2 ‘Want to be that person who is doing the things you want to do? Start today.’

The only thing that separates you from someone who is doing what you want to do is time!  Start spending time doing the things that you want to do and eventually you will be that person too!  Sounds too easy right?  It IS that easy though.

Paddle Pickup Leg One

It is time that manufacturers started to design products with the end in mind. If brands like Lush and Patagonia can make huge profits with sustainable values there is no reason why others can’t follow.

Tweet your actions to me using #BeAPlasticDisruptor

A Circular Kayak

Walking into the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London with bags of river rubbish was an experience I can’t say I ever thought I would have in life!

"With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you are connected to the sea" - Sylvia Earle

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Incredible Oceans

I am the plastics campaign manager for Incredible Oceans, formerly WhaleFest.

I have been volunteering with this amazingly inspiring team for almost four years now.  I have leaned so much and met amazing people.  Without Incredible Oceans I would not be on the path I am on today. While it sometimes seems that not a lot is going on, there is sooooo much happening in the background. Get in touch if you are interested in learning more.

British Canoeing Ambassador

I am so honoured to have been chosen as a women’s ambassador for British Canoeing. I took up paddle boarding when my mum was in recovery a couple of years ago.  I had never been in a sea kayak until Paddle Pickup last August 2017 and now I love it!  In August this year, I went on expedition with Evoke Adventure in the Norwegian Lofoten Islands which totally blew my mind and was something last year I never thought I would be capable of doing.  10 days in the wilderness was totally epic, I paddled for longer than I thought I could and did open water crossings I never thought I could and met the most amazing people.   I hope I can inspire more women to take up paddling.  It truly is never too late to start something new!

I am now planning my adventures for 2019.  Watch this space.

Paddle Pickup

In May I completed my latest expedition to raise awareness about plastic pollution.  I am stoked that #BluePlanetEffect has drawn so much attention to this issue and that many adventurers have chosen to draw the spotlight to it.  For me, it is time to start focussing on the solutions.  I ensured that the waste we collected was recycled where possible or reused.  You can read about what we found and what we did with it here.  Watch this space for more opportunities to join on the next kayak clean up with Evoke Adventure!

This year we raised almost £1000 for Surfers Against Sewage.  As one of the organisations leading the way for avoidable plastic reduction I am continuing to support them.  Please click the link below to donate direct to SAS.  I hugely appreciate your support.