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How to go plastic free: igniting and inspiring the world to turn off the plastic tap – Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet

About This Episode

Sian Sutherland is the co-founder of A Plastic Planet, the campaign group supporting one single goal: to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. It’s a straight talking message that looks to reject the information and greenwashing around plastic, increasing the use of materials that nature can handle, and eliminating those it cant.

Through a three-pronged framework to reduce refill and replace, A Plastic Planet is a call to action to business, media and policy makers to pull the plug on production in an industry where if it were a country would be the world’s fifth largest polluter.

It’s a story of a campaigner for whom the words ‘why not’ are not in her vocabulary and whose tip for life is: ‘We have a duty to be joyful; we are the lucky ones.’


Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet

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Lockdown List

What is a book that changed your life?

The Four Agreements – I give it at least 8 times a year, my whole family have had to read it and all my mates. It is so simple and if we taught these in school, what a different world we would live in.

What are you watching at the moment?

I love a good miniseries – Sopranos to Miss America. Right now I’m watching Michael Pollen ‘How to Change Your Mind’, and it’s working, I’m kinda obsessed by the potential of psychedelics – in the right hands.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My mother – long story. Basically the Sound of Music…

In one sentence describe your 'new normal'

Waking up every morning EXCITED to see what we can make happen. It usually starts with a 7am F45 gym session with black coffee and keeps that upward energy trajectory from then on, running around London, or whatever city I am in.  A LOT of time talking to my computer.  Work Life Balance is something I have always queried.  What does it even mean?

What is your best tip for life?

We have a duty to be joyful.  We are the lucky ones.

A quote for life?

If it was easy, everyone would do it. It is meant to be hard; get over it.

What five tracks are on your playlist?

John Mayer – chill down time and never fails me

Queen – huge fan in my teens, anything from Freddie makes me happy

Disco Inferno – I love to dance and this is the best disco track ever

and whatever my sons tell me I like – they are the playlists of my best times.

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