For nearly 6 years, My Plastic-Free Life has been a one-woman show. Wait. That’s not right. This blog would not exist and would have no purpose and probably no content without all of you. But what I mean is that in terms of actual blogging, responding to emails and blog comments and forum posts and challenge participants, keeping up with social media, scheduling interviews and talks, and doing all of the other work involved in keeping this ship afloat, it’s just been me. And I still have to do my accounting job to keep a roof over my head.
So it is such a relief to finally have some help this summer. I met Ericka Alicea a few years ago after giving a presentation on plastic-free living for a class at San Francisco State University. Ericka will be all over this site, moderating and responding to comments, posting in the forum, responding to email, and conversing on Facebook and Twitter and other social media sites. She’ll also be working with me to get a Trader Joe’s campaign off the ground finally. (Yay!)
Here’s a little about Ericka in her own words:
Greetings! I’m Ericka Alicea, Beth Terry’s new intern. I’ll be helping out with managing her blog, myplasticfreelife.com. I’m currently a student at San Francisco State University where I’m majoring in Geography; my focuses are environmental studies, renewable energy and sustainability. I first met Beth when she gave a talk to my ‘Geography of Garbage’ class. Yes, this is a real class and I wish everyone had the opportunity to take it. I run into plastic challenges everyday and enjoy learning new ways of limiting my plastic consumption and becoming a better steward of the earth. Besides being a student I’m also a home brewer, snowboarder, weight lifter, and dessert maker. I look forward to interacting with members of the blog and hope for the opportunity to even meet some of you.
Please welcome Ericka and leave a comment with any words of encouragement or questions for her.