This Movers & Shakers segment is a bit different to others, as a lot of you wouldn’t have heard of Holly Rose Lane. You will now, and I’m sure many times again because this girl is paving the way to help make plastic free living a thing that’s as easy as a few swap outs.
I personally feel that it’s important to highlight those around you doing awesome things, whether or not they are ‘Movers & Shakers’ in the scope of being people you know of. I went to University with Holly and spent my third year flatting with her and some other really awesome legends I’m lucky enough to call my friends.
Holly studied Aquaculture and Fisheries alongside Environmental Management for her Undergrad and has gone onto complete a Masters in Marine Conservation. For those outside of New Zealand I doubt you’ve heard about our critically endangered Maui dolphins, but this something that Holly holds close to her and is spending 63 days living plastic free to help raise money for the critically endangered species.
Below is an interview with Holly uncovering some great swaps you can use in your own life to live life with less plastic, along with some tips that those who study environmental science wish we knew about the world. Hope you enjoy!
#PLASTICFREEFOR63. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT THIS AND WHY YOU CHOSE TO GO PLASTIC FREE FOR 63 DAYS?
I’m taking part in WWF Maui Dolphin Challenge to raise funds and awareness for the remaining 63 Maui Dolphins, endemic here in New Zealand. The idea is that you pick a challenge with the number 63 in it (e.g. pick 63 bags of rubbish on beaches, walk 63 km) and I have chosen to go plastic free for 63 days.
FOR THOSE OF US OUT THERE THAT DON’T HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE YOU DO REGARDING THE OCEAN AND THE IMPACT WE HAVE ON IT, ARE YOU ABLE TO TALK US THROUGH SOME OF THE KEY THINGS YOU WISH THAT THE EVERYDAY PERSON WOULD KNOW THAT YOU HAVE LEARNT THROUGH YOUR STUDIES?
Hmm that’s a hard one since my studies over the years have covered so much content, but I think the main thing would be for people to realise that human impact has a seriously negative impact on earth and we can’t wait around for government or technology to solve this issue. We, as individuals and communities, are powerful and lead the way in positive environmental change, consumption and initiatives. So I guess I wish that people were more connected to direct and indirect impacts their consumption has on the environment, realising that their individual consumption drives the products that companies are producing.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU HAVE UNCOVERED SINCE YOU BEGAN PLASTIC FREE FOR 63?
Realising that almost everything is covered in plastic from your conventional supermarket, even fresh fruit and vegetables. So it was a bit time consuming to start with researching where to find products that are plastic free, however also really interesting and super rewarding when you do find that product!
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS?The quote by Alice Walker “Activism is my rent for living on this earth” comes to my min as an inspiration. I want to leave this earth knowing that I did more good than bad. Put it this way, you don’t do marine conservation for the money.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
I’ve been blessed that my parents have always been supportive in my decisions. They have never pushed me academically or into a certain career path. They have just loved me for who I am and my passion for the ocean and conservation, which has allowed me to become the women I am today. So it’s been a life lesson of do what you love and the rest will work itself out.
DO YOU HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE? IF SO, WHAT IS IT YOU DO TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR THE DAY AHEAD?
I generally wake at 7 30am, eat a filling breakfast of oat and chia porridge with peaches (plastic free of course!), get dressed and walk to University, arriving around 9am. Once at Univeristy, my morning usually consists of meetings, prepping for or attending seminars. However, I do have numerous weeklong field trips during the year, which means I get to stay in some of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
When you have accomplished something you have been working towards and feel ecstatic!
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS STARTING OUT? DO YOU HAVE ANY PRODUCT’S YOU’D RECOMMEND INVESTING IN FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO HEAD TOWARDS A MORE PLASTIC FREE LIFE?
Do your research. What can you buy locally? What small businesses can you support? Also DO invest in products that will serve you a long time and are a good quality product. There are so many wonderful products, here’s a few of my must haves: Silicon menstrual cup (lasts up to 10 years), Keepcup, Glass drinking bottle, Hard beauty products in Tins (moisturiser, shampoo, soap, conditioner, deodorant) and a bamboo toothbrush. Top ingredients to have around include baking soda (toothpaste, cleaning pots), coconut oil (make up remover, face cleanser, moisturiser, toothpaste) and tea tree oil (antiseptic for blemishes, toothpaste).
ONE BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ? WHY?
Since I’m constantly reading scientific papers, I like my leisure reading to be non-environmental so generally, I read a mixture of biographies and non-fiction. I don’t have one favourite book, but I really enjoy books where I can get completely caught up in the story, such as Gone Girl and Me Before You.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER MOVERS & SHAKERS OUT THERE IN YOUR WORLD THAT YOU THINK WE SHOULD ALL KNOW ABOUT?
Ric O’Barry. He trained the five dolphins in Flipper, working in the dolphin captivity industry for ten years, but has spent the last 45 years working against it. His life is now dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide, which can be seen in the documentary The Cove. In my opinion, Ric is a true Mover & Shaker as he became the change he wanted to see, and is a devoted activist and conservationist.
Leah_barefoot_boho is also an amazing conservationist who I have been lucky to spend time with in Africa. Leah captures the beauty of the ocean and animals with her amazing photography skills and a keen conservationist who has worked all over the world.