Known as The Rouge Ginger, Erin Rhoads actually set out to document her travel adventures. But then she took part in the Plastic Free July challenge and her world changed. Now she focuses on blogging about waste free and plastic free living and I think she has some interesting things to say
Tell us about your blog?
The Rogue Ginger is a sustainable living blog that focuses on living plastic free and waste free. The name sometimes throws people and I have been mistaken for a food blog. I do have recipes on the blog but they are plastic free recipes.
What prompted you to set it up?
My original intention for The Rogue Ginger was to be a travel journal. A couple weeks in and I discovered Plastic Free July. I took the challenge and decided to document it on my blog. Well my passion for living plastic free went beyond the month of July and I decided my blog would be where I would hope to encourage people to give up plastic.
What’s living with The Rouge Ginger like?
My home is in the western suburbs of Melbourne. I originally hail from country NSW where my family still reside and I go back often for visits. I met my partner in Melbourne while here for a course and decided to stay. I love my home and am lucky to share it with someone that is as committed to plastic free living as I am.
We do our shopping without accumulating any packaging, plastic or paper. Our food scrapes are composted. The only item we throw out are bones if we buy meat with bones it in. The only other item that goes into the bin for landfill is contraception. When we send anything to landfill we use newspaper and not plastic bags. I would like to invest in a Closed Loop domestic composter. I guess a better alternative would be to go vegan and try natural birth control. But I am not ready for children just yet…living plastic free with children would be a whole new plastic free chapter unto it self!! Our housemate does not partake in our lifestyle. If it was just the two of us then we would be able to cancel our bin service!!
My partner built and owns the home (I pay rent to him haha). As the house was built within the last two years it features many of the required energy saving appliances and lightbulbs and water tanks that are required of new homes now. We are currently thinking of getting solar installed for the house and are looking at options. I hope that in 10 years time we will be living off the grid. I have taken over the little space we have out back and am squeezing in as many vegetables as possible! Even though we don’t have much space in our backyard we are blessed with many parks and the Maribrynong River close by. Our house looks pretty sparse and that is because we don’t buy alot of stuff unless it is needed. Right now I am doing a spring clean and removing stuff we don’t use so it will look even more empty. I love plants inside the house and would like to add more. I can foresee the lounge room becoming a mini jungle!!
Do you take your passion to work too?
I work in communications and I take my passion to the office. Everyone knows of my lifestyle and respect it. Some laugh and that is ok. I have got the coffee drinkers into recycling their Nesspresso coffee pods. It is a start!
Tell us something interesting your fans may not know.
I have a never-ending interest in herbs and their medicinal properties. It is a fascinating world. Teas, oils, ointments and tinctures have become so much more accessible for common ailments than over the counter medication due to the plastic packaging. I would love to do a course in it.
What is your next project?
I have a handful of projects that I have been working on and they are all to do with living plastic free. One is a fun eBook that is directed at people that would like to quit plastic but unsure where to start. I plan to have this out in the new year. I am also working on an exciting project with my sister that will coincide with the eBook too – think Plastic Free Living Starter Kits. And I am penning a children’s book focusing on plastic pollution and ways children can learn about it.