About Simon

Hi everyone and welcome to Poly Free Planet!

Simon
Me 🙂

I have always been conscious of the impact we have on our planet and I have always tried to do my part, I do not own a car and cycle everywhere I can, I have reduced the amount of meat I eat (that was a tough one for me) and I have always recycled.

I, like many others, felt that was enough; but in the last few years it has become apparent to me that we all need to do more. With so much plastic making its way into our rivers, lakes and oceans, we all need to start making the small changes that will make a big difference.

So here’s my promise to you, I will always be on the look out for new information, products, ideas and programs that can reduce our need for single use plastics and I will share what I find with you all, in the hope of creating a one-stop shop for reducing plastic consumption.

MY STORY

Growing up in Manchester, England, sustainability, recycling and carbon footprint weren’t really hot topics that my friends and family would talk about. The focus was mainly on football and our plans for the weekend. It was only when I went to university and then traveling that the conversations turned to more inspiring topics. This is really when my eyes began to open about our impact on the planet and I started to make small changes to ‘do my part’.

Traveling has played a major part in me becoming more conscious of my impact, with my first ‘taste’ of water pollution coming in Halong Bay, Vietnam. As we were taking the boat out to our island camp for the night, you could see plastic bottles, nylon sheets and even diapers floating around and while it didn’t stop us enjoying the amazing scenery, it did somewhat taint the experience.

Jumping Off a Boat in Halong Bay
Halong Bay

The next day, while kayaking with my girlfriend and some friends in Halong Bay, one friend grabbed my kayaking and began to rock it (there’s always one), this rocking got more intense when the others started laughing and joining in. As my kayak tipped, I tried to take a deep breath before going into the water, unfortunately, it was a little too late and I swallowed more water than I did air. After the initial shock and coughing, we continued to our goal of a small island about 1km away. After an hour or so walking around the island, I started to feel extremely nauseous. I won’t to into any detail but needless to say, the next few hours were not pretty!

THE TIDE IS CHANGING

Governments, scientists and companies are already out there trying to make a difference, with new laws, technological advancements and plastic free products, we are beginning to see the tide changing and I want to be able to bring this information to you and to a wider audience.

There are now bans and charges for many single-use plastic products, organizations are cleaning the oceans and beaches, and companies are coming up with new ways to recycle and reuse plastics. These are the things I like to read about myself and the updates I will be sharing with you.

There will be bumps along the way as we try to work out what are and are not viable alternatives to plastic, but by informing yourself now, you are well on your way to becoming part of the solution.

EDUCATION IS KEY

It is one thing to want to change your habits and another knowing how to do it. That is why I have created this site, to show you how to make the necessary changes that ,just by being here, I know you want to make.

I do understand that living completely plastic free in this day and age is almost impossible but, nonetheless, we can make a big difference by making some small changes in our lives.

So have a look around the website, see which changes will be easiest for you to implement at first and, together, we can build from there!

If you ever have anything to share in respect to your poly free planet I would love to hear from you at: simon@polyfreeplanet.com

All the best,

Simon

Founder of Poly Free Planet