In 2018, I made a long list of new years resolutions but to my surprise and great delight, one of them actually stuck. I made it so broad and so lax that it couldn't not work was "to reduce my waste and be kinder to the planet." Simple right?
It was so much harder than I thought. Firstly I struggled to find credible information for people who like me were just getting started. Secondly, when I did find what I thought was the right information it was hard to find. And finally, when I decided to order six stainless steel straws online they came individually wrapped in plastic, sigh. So rather than be disheartened, I saw an opportunity. The opportunity to help Australians reduce their waste with trusted products and even better information.
Education is at the forefront of everything that I do in order to positively impact the habits of individuals and larger organisations. The Banish website and social media account is full of sustainability information, from how-to guides on composting to advice on planet-friendly food choices.
I also run BRAD – the Banish Recycling and Disposal Program. People send in hard-to-recycle items, such as blister packs, and we partner with Australian recyclers to have them recycled onshore.
The BRAD initiative recycled 11 tonnes of waste, or 150,000 products, from 11,000 households within its first 20 months.
In 2020, I delivered a TEDx talk – The Power of Community in Fighting Climate Change. In 2021 and 2022 I was named as one of Australia's Top 50 People in E-Commerce and won Business NSW Sydney Metro Young Entrepreneur of the Year with Banish taking out the Sustainable Excellence award and winning overall Business of the Year.
I have most recently been named 2023 NSW Young Australian of the Year for my work educating Australians on how to live more sustainably.
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