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, with the date to be confirmed due to Covid.

To celebrate the inaugural Picnics Unwrapped campaign, students and councils are invited to rsvp their interest in a special education day at the Replas Environmental Centre in Carrum Downs, where they will learn about the recycling process, circular economy, and how plastic impacts marine animals including digesting plastic and entanglement.

Students also have the chance to win a Replas Buddy Bench, worth over $1000.

Executive director of Plastic Oceans Australasia, Ricki Hersburgh, said she 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 Hersburgh. “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 5Rs; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repurchase.”

Managing director of Replas, Mark Jacobsen, said he 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 Jacobsen.

“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.”

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.

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.

For schools interested in attending the education event at the Replas Environmental Centre, go to


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