About

Hi everyone!

My name is Alexis, and welcome to my blog!

I set up this website hoping to catalogue a challenge I set for myself: to live without creating any plastic waste. I began by setting myself a two-month challenge in the fall of 2013, and the new lifestyle suddenly became one of the most important things in my life. The challenge I set for myself seemed impossible at first, but now I can’t really see myself going back to the lifestyle I had before this project. If you have any questions or comments, please visit the comment section or email me at noplasticplease123@gmail.com

When I was researching alternatives for this project, I realized just how pervasive plastic is in our lives (you never know what you got till it’s gone!) and how difficult it is to truly cut it out of your life entirely. This is something we have collectively seem to have forgotten as we use it on every day items that we will soon discard. Once you begin to notice how much plastic we use in our every day lives, it is really hard to stop noticing.

As I’ve learned more and evolved in this journey, I’ve started moving more and more towards living a low or zero waste life. That means trying to create a minimal amount of trash – not just plastic, but all kinds. Join me on this journey! Take up some of the information, test it, try out your own ideas, and please comment and ask questions along the way – I love hearing from you!

It’s our responsibility to make a conscious decision every single day in order to prevent harm to our environment. We live on a beautiful planet and it deserves to be protected.

Thanks for reading!

Me!

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35 thoughts on “About

    • Mariana says:

      Hey! How are you? Hope you’re doing great. I just started being interested about this zero waste topic, then i saw your video “Grocery shopping: zero waste living!” from YouTube and I realized that there isn’t any type of zero waste grocery store in my city… so i was wondering if you could give me some tips or ideas to start this type of zero waste grocery store because I’m so exited with the idea of changing my city environment. I live in a small city which is so “old school”, close minded, etc. so most of the people who live in here isn’t interested about many important topics. I believe that this topic can shock them and many of them can start analysing and change their mind, their lifestyle (I hope that everyone could change their lifestyle and start a new fresh environment city, but life’s difficult).
      Anyways, I’ll appreciate your help. Thank you for reading.
      Sincerely, Mariana Mendoza.

      • Alexis McGivern says:

        Hi Mariana! That’s so exciting that you’re thinking of opening your own store. Unfortunately I don’t have experience in this area but Lauren Singer (from Trash is for Tossers) just opened her own store in New York City and she might have some advice for you: http://www.trashisfortossers.com/p/contact.html

        I think it’s so important to do what you can within the confines of your own stores/capacity etc and encourage others to follow suit. You may not have a zero waste grocery store, but hopefully you have farmers markets? Or maybe the ability to make some things from scratch to reduce your packaging? Maybe try hosting a “zero waste” party – I used to do these with friends and really enjoyed spreading the message in a fun (and yummy) way. Good luck!

  1. Alice says:

    Hello Alexis! I was thinking about getting into a zero waste lifestyle and just found out your blog. Hoping to be doing the same challenges you did and learning from your experiences.

  2. Amanda Ravotti says:

    Really love this mission you have created for yourself! This feeling of caring more towards nature resonates with me also 😀 I would love to create biodegradable art that over time it recycles itself out.

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Hello Amanda! Thank you so much for your comment! I love your idea for a biodegradable art project – follow that idea through! I would love to see pictures of when you do it 🙂 best of luck with your plastic-free journey!

  3. hk says:

    if you could, would you be able to provide the link to the produce bags you use? I couldn’t find Food Wear in the US. I’m just starting out my zero waste lifestyle inspired by your youtube :]

  4. Jasmine Walker says:

    Hey Alexis,
    I love your blog and youtube channel, It’s really helping me transition to zero waste. I was wondering what your opinion is on the waste that is created in transportation and cultivation of foods – even bought at bulk food stores. Obviously there is less waste – but do you have an opinions on how we can reduce this waste and create greater accountability in the whole system. I was also wondering if you have ever considered dumpster diving or discussed it. Sorry if you have discussed these ideas and I missed it!
    Keep creating great content!
    Jasmine

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Hey Jasmine, thanks so much for your comment and I’m sorry for my late reply! Absolutely, the most sustainable thing of all would be to grow your own seasonal produce. I also know some bulk stores buy in massive plastic bags – maybe better than individual packaging but still not perfect!

      I’ve actually not dumpster dived – where I live you can’t access the dumps from grocery stores as easily as in other places. I think it’s a great way to feed yourself though – and for free! Have you seen the documentary Dive? It’s an excellent look at how much food waste is thrown away every single day, even by green-thinking grocery stores like Trader Joe’s. Really recommend it!

      Thanks for the food for thought 🙂

  5. Santiago Palacios says:

    Hi Alexis, I live an almost waste lifestyle and more since February 2015. And now what I been trying is to spread the word about taking care of the planet. I was interviewed in a music station and a news paper wrote an article about my lifestyle and I gave two speeches in two different high schools. I am building a website with all the information and I am planning to do a documentary about human waste, pollution and the waste of resources which will be in my site http://www.intraterrestre.org

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Hi Santiago! Thanks so much for getting in touch and for all you do trying to lower your waste! Really glad to hear as well about your documentary project. Unfortunately the link you sent is not working – is it correctly typed?

  6. Sofia says:

    Hi! I wanted to ask how you deal with your period products, like do you use tampons and pads or do you use sea sponges and the diva cup? I wanted to cut that plastic waste from that time of the month and maybe you have some other solutions for me! I also want to try a no waste lifestyle and I find your blog and your youtube channel very helpful!
    Sofia

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Hi Sofia, thanks so much for your comment and for your commitment to reducing plastic waste! I briefly address this in my A-Z guide but I have used a menstrual cup and reusable cotton panty liners for about 5 years now. I use the mooncup but I’ve heard great things about diva cup as well. My main advice is don’t be put off by the change! It takes a little while to get used to (just as it did when you first started using tampons, if you’re like me!). I would say it really took about two cycles for me to really get the hang of it but I wish I had bought it earlier. They advise you to replace every 5-10 years so I’ll soon be due for a new one, but I’m so happy with the amount of waste I’ve avoided through this method. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Check out this funny rap battle and informative video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zj4NhC8ahM for more info on mooncup vs. tampon! Cheers 🙂

  7. sophie durlot says:

    Hello Alexis
    I have heard about you and your talk and great energy and ideas on plastic not use by Helen Cass from Haut Lac international school in st légier. I am organising a cultural and scientific exhibition on Sharks and Plastics, two predators of the ocean in the school i am working in, Le Rosey, next november 2017. We are going to run at the beginning of november also a TEDx talk. It would be incredible if you could come and give a talk at this time. Would you be interested ? would you please contact me so i can explain to you in more thorough details all about this super exciting projects ? sincerely yours, Sophie Durlot

  8. El pensadero de Yai says:

    Hi Alexis! I have just discovered your blog and I am amazed!! It’s exactly what I was looking for, because I have also started a journey to a low waste lifestyle (hopefully zero waste), and I have found many resources in your blog. So thanks for sharing your experience and your knowledge! Your blog is gonna be very helpful and inspirational for me along the journey!

    -Yai

  9. Clara says:

    Dear Alexis! I am trying to reduce my plastic use and general waste. I sorted out my clothes with polyester in it but now I don’t know what to do with them! Throwing them away seems like a waste but if I give it to someone else the microplasic is still going to get into the water.. Do you have some tips or maybe experience yourself?
    Love your passion and thanks for all the inspiration!

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Dear Clara, thanks for your note! I’m so glad to hear you’re reducing your plastic. This is SUCH a tough one. I still have my polyester clothes and the only solution I’ve found for them is to order this new product, Guppy Friend http://guppyfriend.com/en/, which I’m still waiting to arrive (it was just very recently released). It catches microfibres so you can dispose of them properly. That’s my only recommendation I’m afraid – it’s such a difficult one to manage! GOOD LUCK!

  10. Amy says:

    Dear Alexis,

    I am very motivated and encouraged to challenge myself with zero waste after coming across your blog from YouTube. I’ve seen quite a few if your videos already and am keen on the idea.
    Unfortunately, I am a freshman in high school, so it’s hard for me not to use lots of paper from worksheets etcetera.
    Any tips on how I can be environmentally friendly as a student?
    Thanks,
    Amy

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Dear Amy,
      Thank you so much for your comment and I’m so happy to hear you’re interested in zero waste!
      I know that it is so difficult to be zero waste when you have a lot of things out of your control – when you’re living at home, when you’re at school etc. My recommendation would be just to create change & influence others where you can.
      For example, you could try to phase out your plastic products in the bathroom and go for some of the zero waste options. When your friends come over to your house, they will see that you’ve been managing to do this just fine and it will inspire them to do it as well! Pack your lunch in sustainable on-the-go ware and everyone in the lunchroom will see it when you take it out of your backpack. You can refuse plastic bags when out shopping, bring your own coffee cup etc etc… these actions will be visible to the people around you and you can create change simply by showing to others that you can integrate zero waste into your lifestyle with ease!
      As for stuff specifically at school, I recommend getting books and school supplies second hand, to take public transport there instead of driving or getting driven and to encourage your teachers and fellow students to integrate some of these tips too!
      I hope that helps.
      Cheers,
      Alexis

  11. Sofia says:

    Hi Alexis!
    I love your content. I’m trying to be more zero-waste and conscious about the environment. I’m also in a transitional period of my life…I recently realized that I don’t want to do what I’ve been studying in college anymore. Since I’ve always been passionate about conservation and sustainability, I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing what you do. Are you in school for environmental studies or something related? Are you hoping to work for an organization some day? I’m just trying to get a sense as to what the world of conservation is like and if I would enjoy working in that field. Thank you!
    Sofia

    • Alexis McGivern says:

      Hi Sofia! Thank you so much for your comment and for reaching out!
      I’m really lucky to be working in this field full time – I work for an environmental organisation and the projects I run are focused on marine plastics, mostly on education tools for developing countries.
      However, I didn’t study this at all at university – I actually studied International Relations and my program/classes were very much focused on terrorism and political violence (!) so very different from what I ended up doing. I truly got this opportunity to work where I do through this interest as a hobby, and teaching myself a lot about environmental sustainability and marine conservation.
      My biggest recommendation to you would be to review where you’re spending your time and how that can lead to future career opportunities – a lot of my time at uni was spent working on grassroots environmental projects that really gave me a better understanding of this field. If you can, I would recommend spending a summer working on a project “in the field”, that is, not behind a desk – this doesn’t have to mean far afield, but can be a community project in your neighbourhood. Just as long as you get boots on the ground and you’re learning about how conservation plays out in the intersection of economy, education etc – those are super valuable lessons to learn.

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have any further Qs!!
      Alexis

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