Podcast #2: Could You Live Plastic Free – Morag Gamble on ABC Radio with Sarah Howells

Could you? What would it take dramatically cut down on throw-away plastic in our lives? I am trying this and acknowledge what a huge challenge this is. We are surrounded by it everyday. It takes consciousness, planning and commitment to try, to persist, to change, and to continue with a life with much less plastic.

Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Sarah Howells on ABC Radio’s Brisbane Evenings as Permaculture and Simple Living Correspondent about this issue.

Calling in for the interview with Sarah Howells on ABC Radio from my home office at Crystal Waters.

Here is the podcast, Could You Live Plastic Free?

This is the second of our monthly chats.  The theme this month was Plastic Free July and the ways we can particularly reduce single use plastic.

This conversation went to air on Tuesday 5th July at 8:30pm on 612 ABC Brisbane Evenings. The next interview will be same time on 2 August. I hope you can tune in. If not, I will post the interview as soon it is sent to me.

Recently I wrote a  post about Plastic Free July, including why we need to change and offering some simple things to do:

A few months earlier I wrote about how to go shopping without coming home with a load of
Reducing containers that we bring into the home includes things like laundry liquid…why not try this DIY alternative. It is so simple to make and works a treat:


Other things to consider:


  • Use natural parchment paper to wrap foods in the freezer, or stainless steel latch containers
  • Always remember to take your own shopping bags or basket. (or grab a box at the shop if you can – then use it to sheet mulch your garden)
  • Get the kids to help you make bags, then also ask them to help remind you.
  • Purchase as much unpackaged produce as possible.
  • Choose paper packaged products over plastic ones – eg: toilet paper. (then add the paper wrapping into the compost or worm farm)
  • Use beeswax clothes over leftovers, or simply a plate over a bowl.

2 Responses

  1. Meg Hopeful
    Meg Hopeful at |

    Hi Morag. I have sourced 100% recycled toilet paper that uses no plastic wrapping. I buy it periodically, in bulk and it's delivered for free to where I live. It's delivered the next day, in a big cardboard box which I can easily reuse or breakdown. It works out at $1 per roll but each roll is double length too. Best option I've been able to find. This is the link to it if people are interested. Meg:)

  2. Morag Gamble
    Morag Gamble at |

    Thanks Meg – isn't it great. We love that too. Unfortunately they don't deliver this far out, but I have made a deal with my local food coop to buy it by the boxload through them.