About

Erin Rhoads is the person behind The Rogue Ginger, one of Australia's popular zero-waste blogs. Erin has been been writing about her own journey since 2013 sharing how she went plastic free and zero waste, leading to a happier and healthier life. Through Erin's pursuit to live plastic free and zero waste, she learnt to eat real food, discovered new skills, cut down her exposure to harmful chemicals, found joy in moments over things and simplified her life, while saving money.

A sought-after speaker and community activist, Erin is on a mission to engage with individuals, business and government to redefine what is waste and how we can create less of it.

Erin has written two popular zero waste and plastic free guidebooks Waste Not: Make a big difference by throwing away less  (2018) and Waste Not Everyday (2019).

She was a consultant on ABCs War on Waste; has shared her zero waste life with thousands at workshops, talks and forums; helps organise and assist environmental groups and founded:
  • Zero Waste Victoria, facilitating zero waste education activities and community activism across Victoria,
  • Plastic Bag Free Victoria, a grassroots advocacy campaign that organised and submitted the largest petition to the Victorian parliament in over a decade leading to a state wide ban on plastic bags in Nov 2019, 
  • Cash For Containers Victoria calling on the State government to implement a container deposit scheme. This has been announced to begin in 2022. 
  • Zero Waste Festival, Australia's first festival dedicated to building a zero waste and regenerative future featuring workshops, panels, talks and stalls. 

Erin helps coordinate the zero waste iniative Party Kit Network Australia and is a member of her local City Council Portfolio Advisory Committee for the Environment. In 2020 Erin became Queen Victoria Market's first Sustainability Ambassador. 

Featured by BBC World, The Project, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Age, The Guardian, Vogue, Marie Claire, Women's Weekly, Huffington Post and is a fortnightly sustainability contributor on ABC Radio. 

She lives in Narm (Melbourne) with her zero waste family. 
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