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Media Release: Picnics Unwrapped Challenges People to Picnic Without Plastic this September

Today is World Picnic Day and Plastic Oceans Australasia is celebrating this by announcing its new campaign to educate people on the impact of plastic called Picnics Unwrapped.

The campaign encourages people to run plastic-free picnics in September to spread awareness on the impact of waste in our oceans while raising money for Plastic Oceans Australasia’s education program.

Every year, 130,000 tonnes of plastic end up in Australian waterways and marine environments. This amount is increasing every year and the pandemic has increased people’s reliance on single-use plastic, a habit Plastic Oceans Australasia is trying to change.

Ricki Hersburgh, Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Australasia, says that it’s up to all of us to change our habits to help our oceans for future generations. “The campaign is a fun way to bring people together and learn more about the impact of plastic in oceans while also seeing how easy it is to say ‘No’ to plastic,” said Ms. Hersburgh. “We can all be part of the wave of change to stop plastic from ending up in our oceans.”

“Anyone can run a plastic-free picnic, you can plan it yourself or in a team, and Plastic Oceans Australasia have fun resources for people to download and use to spread awareness about their picnic and the message of reducing plastic.”

To take part in the campaign, register on the website at,

POA is an environmental not-for-profit organisation that works throughout Australasia. Its mission is to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’.

To learn more about Plastic Oceans Australasia’s Schools Education Program, click here.


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