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5 Women Changing the World and Reducing Waste


China’s effective ban on recycling from Australia earlier this year has left the country in what some are calling a “waste crisis”. Reducing waste through initiatives like the zero waste movement is vital for the future of waste management in Australia. We explore five women changing the world and creating businesses around waste reduction.

Global icon and bestselling author of Zero Waste Home Bea Johnson

The French-born US resident has inspired millions with the story of her family embracing a zero waste lifestyle, reducing their annual household waste down to almost nothing.

Bea Johnson has recently been on an Australian tour empowering audiences to adopt a zero waste approach – although she says, no one person has to do everything. According to Johnson the zero waste movement is about a thousand people doing a thousand small things together to make a difference

“The term ‘zero waste’ can sound scary and hard to achieve, but it really isn’t,” said Johnson.

Bea Johnson is a native of France currently living in California, a zero waste expert and the author of the bestselling book Zero Waste Home. For more information about Bea, visit:


Founder and CEO of 1 Million Women movement Natalie Isaacs

Natalie Isaacs inspires the uninspirable to make positive changes in their own lives. Under Natalie’s leadership 1 Million Women was built from scratch into  a powerful beautiful and bold movement of 600,000 women and girls and counting.

Will you help achieve their goal of having 1million women pledge and reduce carbon emissions? For more information visit:


Erin Rhoads – Rogue Ginger blogger and author of “Waste Not” 

Erin Rhoads is the curious lady behind The Rogue Ginger, one of Australia’s popular eco lifestyle websites. She has been been writing about her own journey since 2013 sharing how she gave up plastic and reduced her rubbish, 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.

Erin lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband the Builder, and their son. For more information visit:


The Source Bulk Foods co-founder Emma Smith

The Source Bulk Foods is an Australian bulk wholefoods retailer with over the source bulk foods logo40 stores located around the country.  For store locations and more information, visit:

The Source Bulk Foods stores around Australia is also be playing a role in the zero waste campaign, with initiatives like zero waste masterclasses, and free zero waste starter kits available in stores.

“Zero waste is not about recycling more, but less, by preventing waste from coming into our homes in the first place. By buying in bulk through stores like The Source Bulk Foods, Australians have all the resources they need to achieve zero waste at home.”

Emma says; “I started The Source Bulk Foods with my husband 6 years ago. We worked around the clock but we loved the idea of creating something new and doing something for the planet.”

Check out our Women of Balance interview with Emma.

Sustainable Living Educator,  Laura Trotta

Laura might not have the global presence of Bea Johnston but she is the Australian equivalent and go to local media personality for reducing waste topics. She has award-winning sustainable living courses (Home Detox Boot Camp, greenHOUSE Home Energy Blitz and Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs) and a top-ranked Eco Chat podcast.

As an experienced environmental engineer she’s lived and breathed sustainability for decades, and as a busy mum, she understands the demands and juggle of modern life.

In her actionable, judgment-free and down to earth style, Laura empowers even the busiest and newest eco warrior to bypass overwhelm and green guilt, and start taking small eco steps to create a healthier and more sustainable home and lifestyle.

Laura says; “I teach conscious consumers simple strategies to reduce waste, live toxin-free, and stay motivated without overwhelm, to improve the health of their families and our planet.”

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Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.

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