Media Release: Joining forces to educate people on impact of plastic

Plastic Oceans Australasia and Replas are hosting an education day for schools and councils to learn more about the impact of plastic on our oceans.


To celebrate the inaugural Picnics Unwrapped campaign, students and councils are invited to attend a special education day at the Replas Environmental Centre in Carrum Downs.

They’ll learn about the recycling process, circular economy, and how plastic impacts marine animals including digesting plastic and entanglement as well as the chance to win a Replas Buddy Bench, worth $1,111.


Picnics Unwrapped encourages people to host plastic-free picnics at their schools, workplaces, and within the community to spread awareness about the impact of plastic on our oceans while raising funds for the Plastic Oceans Australasia Education Program.


Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Australasia, Ricki Hersburgh, is thrilled to have Replas join Plastic Oceans Australasia’s mission to change the world’s attitude to plastic within a generation. “This event was created to support individuals and teams in developing the biggest and best plastic-free picnic for their schools or workplaces,” said Ricki. “It’s so great to have Replas and the education team on board for this important cause as we know that plastic is so damaging for marine environments.”

“I want to encourage anyone to join the event at the Replas Environmental Centre or watch it online as you get to hear important presentations and learn how we can all follow the 5R’s; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repurchase.”


Managing Director of Replas, Mark Jacobson, is looking forward to welcoming schools and councils to the Environmental Centre. “Partnering with Plastic Oceans Australasia to bring schools, businesses, and councils together at the Replas Environmental Centre is the perfect kick-starter for Picnics Unwrapped,” said Mark. “Replas is proud to collaborate with industry leaders and bring to the forefront topics like ocean plastic, what we can do to combat plastic waste and the importance of a circular economy.”


Plastic Oceans Australasia and Replas will continue to work together as they begin a partnership to provide more schools with the Plastic Oceans Australasia Education Program and create self-led initiatives to reduce and eliminate plastic from schools.