In 2013, after reading yet another article about plastic soup, Annemieke started her Dutch blog Plasticminimalism where she documented her small steps towards a plastic-free life. 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 an environmental scientist and sinologist. She alternates living in the Netherlands, Sweden, the US, and China while working towards her PhD dissertation about public health incidents and law in China.39 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 based in the Netherlands where she is in charge of developing the offline PFT reusable bag campaign for which she sews bags out of donated, second-hand fabric. She also writes blogs and acts as communication adviser.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 this year 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 this year. Marlies is in charge of our activities on Instagram.12 Articles
Hana enjoys living and working in the old town of Bratislava in Slovakia where she is pursuing her PhD in sinology and art theory. Every other year she makes yearlong study expeditions to China, where she tries to understand the worldview of the people who's culture is so different from hers. You can find Hana in an art gallery, a museum or with friends talking about everything and nothing over a glass of nice red wine or a fragrant cup of good tea. After seeing some documentaries about plastic madness and after living our plastic future that in China has already become reality, she decided to care for the environment, thus she joined the PFT team as a blogger.4 Articles
In the beginning of 2014 I decided to get out in the open with my activities related to trash on the streets, which is one of the things that creates plastic soup in our oceans. I felt like coming out of the closet, but now I’m happy I did it because it makes a difference showing what I do and talking about why I do it. I’m a chemical engineer living in the Netherlands. I am in charge of the crash course Plastics: The Basics. I write about what plastic is, where it comes from, what the difference between a plastic bottle and plastic wrap is, and what to think of chemical additives such as BPA.3 Articles
Amelia is an environmental scientist with a background in science communications. She became interested in the issue of plastic waste while working with wildlife conservation. Learning about the fatal impacts of plastic pollution on migratory species encouraged her to join the Plastic Free Tuesday Team. In her spare time she enjoys baking, knitting, yoga, reading, and spending time outdoors. Amelia is an American native living in Stockholm, and is excited to use her position as Facebook manager to spread the plastic free message!1 Articles
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 and design, coding or brainstorming together with Annemieke.
Ambar is a biologist from Mexico who moved to the Netherlands to follow a MSc in Plant Sciences. Trough 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. She is happy to be the Twitter manager and share information and plastic-free alternatives to fight against plastic waste production one day at a time.