Plastic Free July: With the Vortex crewPlastic Free July: With the Vortex crew

Story & Photos: icebreaker x Vortex

July 5, 2019

The Vortex Swim has set sail on its epic mission to chart the polluted seas of the Pacific and raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. We caught up with the crew for Plastic Free July, to find out how this passionate team of environmentalists do their bit for the planet by joining the movement to natural. Spoiler alert: there’s much more to avoiding single-use plastic than just refusing plastic bags.

Corbin Marshall, photographer/videographer
How do you move to natural?
I pick up a ton of garbage throughout the day and always try to be mindful when being a consumer.
Top plastic-free tip:
Try and shop locally, like at farmers’ markets.

Juliette Humer, microplastics scientist
How do you move to natural?
I borrow, buy second-hand, or ethically and sustainably-made clothing, I buy groceries for the week from the local farmers’ market in my own bags, and make snacks for my friends to counteract the common packaged snacks sold at the supermarket.
Top plastic-free tip:
I bring my own cup, straw, utensils and to-go containers with me wherever I go.

Hannah Altschwager, operations and communications manager
How do you move to natural?
I have learned so much about plastic pollution through my involvement in the project that has inspired me to move to natural substitutes and to shop sustainably with natural fabrics in my wardrobe.
Top plastic-free tip:
See what you can make at home to replace plastic items and always carry reusable utensils.

Adam Hill, photographer/medic
How do you move to natural?
I swap the easy, conditioned choices we all make unconsciously with everyday consumables and replace them with eco-friendly alternatives.
Top plastic-free tip:
Start small: change your razor, change your toothpaste and more importantly, change your mind-set.

David Langdon, social and digital strategist
How do you move to natural?
To me, it’s all about choices. Each day I am confronted with hundreds of choices – from the people I spend time with to the products I buy. I have challenged myself to consider the effects of these decisions and how I can make choices with the environment in mind as opposed to what is the most convenient.
Top plastic-free tip:
Instead of buying plastic shampoos and soaps look for unpackaged bars or shampoos in sustainable containers.

Claudia Müller, marketing manager (land crew)
How do you move to natural?
I try to cut out all single-use plastic items in my daily life and move to reusables and natural alternatives. I bring a set of bamboo utensils with me. I only buy clothes made out of natural materials or re-/upcycled materials to reduce the amount of microfibers that are being washed into our water supplies when we do our laundry.
Top plastic-free tip:
A reusable water bottle; I carry one with me wherever I go and haven’t bought a plastic bottle in over two years.

Tyral Dalitz, first mate and expedition manager
How do you move to natural?
From five years of being a traveler I’ve learnt to live a minimalistic life. I try to make conscientious purchases and not fall for fast social trends.
Top plastic-free tip:
Take a reusable coffee mug with you.

Joshua Muñoz, photographer/videographer
How do you move to natural?
Over the past two years, I’ve stopped buying unsustainable fish. I have also become so much more aware of single-use plastics and the negative impact they have on our earth.
Top plastic-free tip:
Buying a wooden toothbrush is just as simple as buying a plastic toothbrush.

"Start small: change your razor, change your toothpaste and more importantly, change your mind-set."

The Vortex Swim Plastic Free July

Drew with his stick sunscreen.

The Vortex Swim Plastic Free July

Adam and his eco razor.

The Vortex Swim Plastic Free July

Hannah with a reusable straw.

The Vortex Swim Plastic Free July

Yoav using a beeswax wrap.

The Vortex Swim Plastic Free July

Tyral drinking from his reusable coffee mug.

The Vortex Swim Plastic Free July

Josh with refillable shampoo and conditioner.