Plastic-Free Me is an entirely volunteer-led campaign. We're a network of like-minded individuals, passionate about nature and driven to protect our planet.
Suzie is the driving force behind Plastic-Free Me. She is our lead researcher and campaign manager. She graduated with a Masters' degree in Physics but decided that her passion lay in protecting and preserving the natural world.
"I've always loved the great outdoors, nature and the underwater world. My passion for protecting the oceans was ignited when I started SCUBA diving in 2013. I was suddenly part of this whole new world, and it completely captivated me. Seeing first-hand the damaging effect that plastic has on the ecosystems and marine life really shook me. What really hit hard, was the thought that "every piece of plastic I've ever used; still exists". To me, that's absolute madness and I decided that I had to do something, if only very small, to try and change my consumption habits. I'm a firm believer that small changes really can have a huge impact when multiplied in numbers, and I'm passionate about spreading the message far and wide!"
Hattie does the artwork, designs and branding for Plastic-Free Me. She has extensive experience in the charity sector; applying for grants and funding for not-for-profit causes, and working with her local community to drive positive change.
"When I was growing up, my mum always said I'd looked like I'd been dragged through a hedge backwards because I would constantly be grubbing about in the garden, or going on adventures outdoors. Nature has always fascinated me; but to think there could be a future where our children won't be able to experience what beauty our world offers, is heart breaking. Through my love of SCUBA diving I started to see plastic overrunning our ocean habitats, and learnt about how harmful and frightening our growing, global plastic problem is. The scariest thing is, very few people actually know about the irreversible damage our mass production of plastic is doing - but together we can spread the knowledge and change the world!"
Sian is our Content Editor, respobsible for all of our blogs and articles, and self-confessed dolphin nerd. She is experienced in scientific research and communication.
“I have always loved the ocean, however this passion increased tenfold when I learned to dive during my first year of University. Seeing plastic-strewn seabeds and strangled marine life first-hand was how I first learned of the issue. Since then, I knew I had to do something about it by making changes to my lifestyle and spreading the plastic-free message. Humans are capable of magnificent things, and I know this is something we can solve together.”
Faith is one of our campaign coordinators and Universities Advisor; helping to spread a more plastic-free lifestyle on campus among students and staff at The University of Sussex.
"My interest in plastic-free living stemmed from a University project which I did on the Zero Waste Movement last year. The movement completely opened my eyes to new ways of living. It amazed me that people from this movement were living pretty normal lives yet managed to fit a whole year’s worth of trash into one single jam jar. This led me to learn about the hugely detrimental effects which plastic is having on our planet, and the more I knew about it the more I wanted to wave goodbye to plastic. It’s sometimes really easy to feel helpless at the state of the world as you chug on with your everyday life, but there are lots of small changes that we can make which have the potential to accumulate into large-scale social change… one straw at a time."
Izzy is our Social Media Whiz, Campaign Coordinator and all round busy bee. She has experience in communications, writing, campaigning and social media.
"I was born in water and have always been comfortable there, I've kayaked from a young age and I'm now learning to SCUBA dive. After university I spent time in Australia and after visiting the Great Barrier Reef I fell in love with the ocean even more. I became fascinated with coral and ocean wildlife but the more I learnt about this the more I discovered about the dangers they face from human carelessness - this has encouraged me to join the fight against single-use plastic to save our oceans!"