Moments with Plastic Free Mermaid

Taking inspiration from her love of the Sea, Kate Nelson began her commitment to pioneering a movement to save our oceans & the planet. Join us as we chat with one of our most cherished Eco Intimate’s muses, @plasticfreemermaid to discover more about the woman behind the movement and her most sacred moments.Tell us, how did your journey as Plastic Free Mermaid begin?
I first learnt about plastics about 10 years ago when I was volunteering for a scientist at a non-profit in Santa Barbara California just after College. I learnt that plastic does not biodegrade and that it was collecting in the ocean. As an avid water woman (or a mermaid hehe) I surf, sail and free-dive - so to learn that the ocean, my playground and my temple was being threatened by a material that I used on a daily basis was rattling to say the least!
Of all the things threatening the planet, I decided to reduce my contribution to plastic pollution. So I quit plastics and it has been quite a journey for the past 10 years, as the definition of plastics continues to expand outward. Starting with straws, plastic water bottles, bags, cups and extending out as I noticed that all food packaging was single use plastics as well as bath products and cleaning products, so I have been cutting back more and more and sharing my journey as I do so.

 

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What do you love most about your 'I Quit Plastic' Journey and what motto do you live by?
I love how my lifestyle has connected to me deeply to nature and to my spirit - or my higher self. By not being able to just mindlessly buy plastic packaged foods and products, I have had to think and act more intentionally. It made me a more empowered being. It made me a more conscious consumer. I couldn't buy most products and items because plastic is so ubiquitous. So I had to make my own products. I had to learn recipes, I had to meet people who knew recipes, I have studied beautiful modalities to learn how to work with herbs, plants, flowers, oils and spices. This process of learning and growing connected me back to nature, connected me back to community, and connected me more deeply to myself. As I learnt what my body needed,  I learnt what I liked working where, what plants I had an affinity for. Instead of just buying buying buying, I felt what I truly needed or was drawn to, and made a more conscious choice to invest my energy, time and money to. I now lead a more holistic way of living, a simpler way of life, a more beautiful, fulfilling, quality experience of life. I am open. I learn more every day.

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Describe yourself in one sentence...

I am a mermaid committed to experimenting with how I can tread most lightly and most aligned with nature, sharing what I learn, to inspire others to think and live outside the box, break out of the monotonous consumer routine, stand empowered in their commitment to the planet. A magical mystical like being spreading positivity and solutions.

What does Self-Love mean to you?

Self-care is taking the steps necessary to be healthy, feel good, and survive this experience of life. Self love is the nurturing the pampering on top of self-care. Self-care is necessary for life, self love is necessary to thrive.

Do you practise moments of intimacy or self-love on a daily basis? What are your rituals?
Absolutely. I find that the mornings are the most 'sacred heart' of my day. I am one who tends to start the day with magic, honouring myself and the planet, to set myself up for success. I wake and drink a hot lemon water, I do yoga either in the dark, or first light streaming down from the sunrise. I meditate, I do breath-work. I might do Ayurvedic body massage with sesame oil if it is cool, or I use coconut oil its warm or Summer time. I oil cleanse my face, brush my teeth etc. I may go for a surf which makes me refreshed and revitalised. If I skip my routine I feel scattered and disconnected.

What is the quickest way to uplift yourself after a challenging or long day?

Yoga.

Who is the person who inspires you the most?

Rachael Carson

What does being plastic free mean when it comes to creating a beauty & self-care routine?

If you wouldn't try eating it - don't put it on your skin

What is the most important message for you to give the world?

Question everything.

Do you have anything new that you would love to share with our audience?

I just launched a new plastic-free course and certification program! I am only taking 10 people for this first round and it will be less expensive and more intimate as I receive feedback on how I should alter and adjust the course to be better.

A note to your younger self?

I loved the advice my girlfriend’s grandmother once gave us - “Be nice to everyone and don’t burn any bridges"

...and do yoga, drink water, breathe deeply - stay playful.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would that be?

I would hope that people would spend less energy attacking people and nitpicking on their side of the movement, and spend more energy connecting with the other side, having compassionate conversations to understand the other’s perspective, connecting with the humans instead of judging and creating more separation. Discussing solutions and offering support and being a positive light and leading by example. We do not need to create more separation or division. We need to connect. We need not to tear each other down. We need to work together. We need to understand each other. Make time for one another. Connect, learn, share, grow, support.

Can you humour us & tell us the first thing that comes to mind for each of the below?
My favourite…  
Book...

My current ultra guilty pleasure is reading the Game of Thrones series!! It is my “active recovery” activity after my brain goes hard on planet saving and plastic strategies all day. I read a lot of science and social movement strategy, so it’s nice to just let my imagination run wild with dragons and gallant knights before bed! 

Song is...

Anything by my dear amazing brothers Felipe Baldomir or Billy Otto!

Podcast is...

Love listening to the Water People by Lauren Hill and Dave Rastovich, Finding the Frothers by Benny Wallington, and custodians by Sara Rickards.

Movie is...

Recently obsessed with the Vice filmed lecture “The Third Industrial Revolution” but 2040 fully changed my life so if you need one, watch that.

I Want To
Travel to...

Surf trip in Indonesia

Have...

Land with a fresh water source where I can grow heaps of food and have spare bedrooms for all the mermaids to come visit and get grounded and connect to nature

Change..

Minds around convenience

Talk to...

EVERYONE about marine permaculture and seaweed farming! SO obsessed!

Help...
My brothers and sisters to step into their power, their truth, their higher purpose
Start...

More sing-a-longs

Become...

More organised

Break free from..

Plastic!! sorry I had to! It’s a hashtag and a movement! #breakfreefromplastic breakfreefromplastic.org

Currently I Am…
Drinking...

Hot cacao mushroom coconut cardamon cinnamon tonic.

Eating...

Warm grounding winter root vegetables in Curries and Dhals. Plus lots of gluten free baked goods! I have a wild sweet tooth. 

Listening to...

RUSS, it’s kind of poppy hip hop but I love it

Dreaming of...

Warm waters - But not from global warming. Just naturally warm tropical waters to surf and free dive in.  

Wearing...
Haha many layers. Sweaters, socks, all second hand.
 
Thank you to our beloved Mermaid Kate Nelson x 
You can follow Kate's journey via instagram @plasticfreemermaid or visit her online at I Quit Plastics