Meet Erin

Zero-waste, plastic-free, sustainable living: This is a blog about rethinking, reusing, reducing, repairing, sharing, composting, choosing kindness and being the change. 

Erin Rhoads is the person behind The Rogue Ginger, one of the most popular zero-waste blogs and has become a leading voice on zero waste in Australia. Erin has been writing about her plastic free and zero waste journey since 2013. Through her pursuit to live plastic free and zero waste, Erin 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 campaigner, 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 authored two best-selling books Waste Not: Make a big difference by throwing away less  (2018) and Waste Not Everyday (2019) with 5% of author profits from book sales donated to Waste Aid Australia annually.

She was a consultant on the award winning TV show War On Waste; has been invited to run workshops, presentations, forums and panels on sustainability, zero-waste and reducing plastic infront of thousands around Australia and internationally; has organised and assisted successful environmental groups and campaigns with meaningful impact:
  • Developed and founded Zero Waste Victoria.
  • Cofounder of the grassroots campaign Plastic Bag Free Victoria. Organised and submitted the largest petition to the Victorian parliament in over a decade bringing a state wide ban on plastic bags in Nov 2019.
  • Put together the first Zero Waste Festival with the founding volunteers of Zero Waste Victoria, dedicated to building a zero-waste and regenerative future, featuring workshops, panels, talks and stalls. 
  • Helped lead the successful Cash for Containers Victoria campaign

Erin coordinates the zero waste initiative Party Kit Network Australia, is the Operations Manager for 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, Today, The Morning Show, The Age, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Vogue, Marie Claire, Women's Weekly, Huffington Post, National Geographic and many more. She is a fortnightly sustainability contributor on ABC Radio. 

She lives in Naarm (Melbourne) with her husband and two children. 

To send a message or ask a question visit Erin's contact page.
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