In 2013, after reading yet another article about plastic soup, Annemieke started her Dutch blog Plasticminimalism where she documented her small steps towards life with less plastic. To create more awareness about the adverse impacts of our plastic consumption, she launched Plastic-Free Tuesday in spring 2014. She strongly believes that building a better world starts by changing our own behavior. Annemieke is trained in environmental science and policy. She alternates living in the Netherlands, Sweden, the US, and China.40 Articles
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Homemade pumpkin soup, any cooking by her sister Annemieke, hard rubbish, exotic markets, traintrips, obscure records and a million other things make Gerda very happy. The opposite counts for pollution and unfair treatment of our planet. Therefore Plastic-Free Tuesday is one of those things that Gerda happily included in her never ending to-live-for-list. She is a fulltime treehugger with an extra mission on Tuesdays. And that again makes her very, very happy. Gerda is a real nomad, she has been living in many different countries. At the moment, she's in Morocco. Gerda designed the Plastic-Free Tuesday logo, develops offline Plastic-Free Tuesday activities, writes blogs, designs social media content, and helps developing our communication strategy.12 Articles
Always interested in pursuing a more responsible and sustainable life-style, Marlies immediately got on board with the Plastic-Free Tuesday Project as a regular blogger. Marlies' special mission is to stop the use of any single-use or disposable plastics in her daily life, aiming to help the planet a little by being a responsible consumer. Follow Marlies as she explores her city, Groningen, in the Netherlands, from a different, plastic-free perspective, or as she travels around for work and weddings. Marlies is in charge of our activities on Instagram and Pinterest.12 Articles
Ambar is an ecologist and sustainability consultant passionate about creating projects that help people to find their own path on the sustainability journey. Through her career it has been heartbreaking to see how plastic has become one of the biggest threats to worldwide ecosystems. This has been Ambar's main motivation to re-think her consumer decisions and to join the zero-waste movement. She's positive that every effort sums up to create a better world, and that initiatives like Plastic Free Tuesday help to bring awareness. Ambar is a Mexican living in the Netherlands, and she is happy to be part of the Plastic-Free Tuesday team as content creator for the website and share information and plastic-free alternatives to fight plastic pollution one day at a time. Ambar is looking for job opportunities in the Netherlands in the sustainability field.2 Articles
Harley joined the Plastic-Free Tuesday team as the Facebook Manager shortly after earning her Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Sustainability & Natural Resource Management from Texas Tech University. As a recent graduate and young adult, Harley is focused on saving money, but does not want to neglect her love of the environment. She found reducing her plastic use was not only environmentally positive, but economically as well. She continues to make more sustainable decisions in her everyday life, while positively encouraging others to do the same. Harley works for City of San Antonio as the Senior Environmental Protection Officer in the Aviation Department. In her spare time, Harley likes to enjoy the outdoors through hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and other activities with her dog, Chaco, and her boyfriend, Johnathan. Harley has lived throughout the United States and Germany, and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Cynthia's plastic epiphany happened when she found herself picking up plastic and litter off the ocean floor in her newly found hobby, scuba diving. Having recently travelled extensive, she became increasingly more aware of the impact of plastic whilst walking through the streets in Asia. Since 2018, one of her year's resolution was to become actively involved in reducing plastic waste and helping others achieve the same goals. Coming from a marketing background, she hopes to bring some perspective on the commercial issues surrounding plastic waste and ideas on how we can all shout a little louder to get their attention and the changes we need.
Plastic is an amazing material, but the way we misuse it is beyond comprehension. After years of living and traveling in different parts of the world, Mattias has watched unnecessary plastic conquer the planet and destroy our environment. Being an avid hiker and nature photographer, he wants to raise plastic awareness to keep our world beautiful and stop this totally unnecessary and preventable disaster. He is mostly either invisibly working with graphics, design, and coding, or brainstorming together with Annemieke.