Picnics Unwrapped, Plastic Oceans Australasia’s (POA) popular social campaign to raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution has come to an end.
For the second year, the Picnics Unwrapped campaign - an official Ocean Decade Activity – invited communities to host a plastic-free picnic throughout the month of September to raise awareness of the impact of waste in our waterways and oceans, whilst raising funds for critically needed education programs for remote, regional, and disadvantaged school communities in Australia.
Picnics Unwrapped aims to inspire people to shift to a plastic-free lifestyle to minimise our use of high- volume single-use plastic items to help reduce waste entering our ocean. The Picnics Unwrapped campaign was open from September 1 – 30th 2022 and offered multiple prizes and rewards for the best plastic-free picnics. In 2022, POA promoted the campaign in association with Ocean Generation throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Ricki Hersburgh, Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Australasia said “with close to 75 per cent of all plastic produced since 1950 ending up as waste and often spilled into our waterways, reducing the production and use of problematic plastics is the first and most crucial step to tacking ocean plastic pollution. Through the Picnics Unwrapped campaign, POA encourages behaviour change across all of society towards sustainable practices, both at individual and institutional levels.”
POA would like to thank Picnics Unwrapped Major Sponsor, Turn Systems, the world’s leading capture and reuse system and supporters Saltwater Picnic Co, The Atlantic Group, Sun butter Skincare, Hidden Sea, WAW hand planes, Heaps Good Packaging, Boomerang Bags, Good Edi Cups, Dr Bronner, Zorali, Replas and the Melbourne Aquarium for their in-kind donations and contribution. POA also recognises renowned artist Leeanne Splatt, food innovator Nadia Coetzee and chef Dannet D’Souza, Picnics Unwrapped 2022 ambassadors.
After much deliberation, judges Ro Ruxton, Sally Williams (Sustainable Sally), and Marina Debris are delighted to announce the winners. The first-place winning entries for each category are –
Best School Picnic – Two Mile State School
Best Corporate Picnic – Brookfield Place
Biggest Community Picnic – Petit ELC, Kew Best Presented Picnic – Sam Bryant Most Unique Location Picnic – Jenni Medland
Plastic Oceans Australasia congratulates all the successful winners and thanks participants for their commitment and efforts to reduce the impacts of plastic in our oceans by using less plastic packaging!
For more information about our competition announcement, prize sponsors or funds raised, please visit https://picnicsunwrapped.org.au