Plastic Pollution


Thanks to everyone that came along to the film screening of Straws last Sunday at 4 Pines Truck Bar in Brookvale. If you couldn’t make it on the night here is a little recap and some actions that you can do to keep our sea plastic straw free!


Straws is a wonderful documentary that covers all you need to know about the history of straws, the impact of plastic straws in the oceans, the cost of plastic straws in the hospitality waste-stream and the benefits of going plastic-free. There were some wonderful interviews, including The Last Plastic Straw founder, Jackie Nunez and the turtle researchers that pulled a straw out of a turtle’s nostril, Nathan Robinson and Christine Figgener. But the highlight for me was the inspiration school student Max Muchum who started the #nostrawchallenge (#sinpajillaporfavor) in Costa Rica. His call to action was just so simple- he can’t do this alone. In the movie, as he is making bamboo straws for local restaurants, he realizes that he can’t possibly talk to every venue in Costa Rica. Just like I can’t reach every restaurant, bar and café on the Northern Beaches. That’s where we need your help!


We were inspired by Kiera Murphy, the sustainability lover at 4 Pines Brewery. She leads the way in using business as a force for good and shared the story of straws at 4 Pines. Although they are well known for their beers, they do have cocktails and sodas and these are all straw-free. There are paper straws on standby for those with medical reasons that absolutely need a straw but otherwise most drinks can be drunk without a straw. 4 Pines is also going to be partnering with community groups to help support clean-ups on the Northern Beaches so we are looking forward to using any supplies they can donate for our next beach clean!

We also heard from Farley MacDonald, founder of Convenient for Who and the straws petition on to Northern Beaches Council. She was selling Sprocket & Steel straws for another inspirational teenager, Kiara who started her own business after watching the documentary “Garbage Island”.

We were also lucky to hear from Harriet Spark, aka The Grumpy Turtle, about her love for the ocean and how she faces the overwhelming plastic problem every day. As a local beach cleaner who knows that straws are entering the water at an alarming rate every day, she proposed that we all “be the change” and keep going, because awareness is growing.


There are more than 1000 signatures on the petition and we added another 63 on the night. If you haven’t already signed the petition, please add your name here!


Metal, bamboo or paper!

Here are some places to get your hands on these alternatives: Sprocket & Steel, Greenpack.

This list is clearly not exhaustive and we’d like to set up a supplier list for all plastic alternatives, so if you want to be on the list, drop me a line.


Anyone can help our campaign! Next time you’re at your local café, bar or restaurant, ask for “No plastic straw please” and start the conversation. If you know a place that would like to raise awareness about straws and start the transition away from straws, we have “No Straw Thanks” posters that they can use. It can be downloaded from Plastic Free Manly soon or drop me a line to have this customized for your town. We also have “Proudly Plastic Straw Free” posters if it’s a venue that has already made the change.


We are lucky to receive funding from the legends at Sea Life Trust and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, who also kindly donated a family pass to the aquarium for our raffle. Taronga Conservation Society also donated tickets for our raffle. We had some cool 4 Pines Brewery Tour and caps donated for the raffle. And a rad waterproof Patagonia bag that everyone was frothing over! Thanks so much to these supporters that helped raise money for our campaign through the raffle. These funds will go towards the screening rights for the movie and our plastic pollution campaigns.

We look forward to seeing you at the next event- a beach clean, aquarium tour and outdoor movie screening of A Plastic Ocean!

Written by Alicia Lloyd, Project Manager of SO Manly

International Coastal Cleanup

Thanks to all of the legends who joined us and Dive Centre Manly yesterday for International Coastal Clean Up day! We had a massive turn out and positive to see not as much plastic collected as usual. Could be also due to our pals at Surfrider Foundation Manly for their amazing clean up efforts throughout the week.

A big shout out and thanks to Convenient for who? for petitioning to reduce straws along the Northern Beaches Straw Petition (if you have not signed please jump on to the page now); Sprocket & Steel for their stainless steel straws and Czech NetBag for the oh so loved flexible cotton stringy reusable bags!

A huge thanks to Infinity Bakery for donating all of the fresh bread rolls; and Nonna's Gourmet Sausages & Deli and Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher for providing us with the delicious sausages.

It is wonderful working with organisations and individuals throughout the community towards reducing plastic waste. Anyone can make a positive impact!

Thanks to our supporters and collaborators: Plastic Free Manly SEA LIFE Trust ANZ Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Tank the Turtle

What an enthusiastic and wonderful bunch of little Eco Warriors!! Thanks Brookvale Childrens Centre for having Tank and the team come to visit and talk about ways we can help reduce plastic.

If you would like Tank the Turtle to come and visit your school or pre-school please get in contact at with us at SO Manly or Plastic Free Manly.

Plastic Free July Cleanup

What a great start to Plastic Free July! A HUGE thanks to the +60 underwater and beach cleaners, and team at Dive Centre Manly, who came down to Manly Cove today and helped clean up our beautiful coastline. Another big thanks to Cathy Griffin and Czech NetBag for your support today.

Beach cleaners collected over 25 kilos of trash, and soft plastic wrapping and fragments made up more than half of this. Divers hauled in a mammoth amount and apart from the ridiculous amount of plastic collected some notable finds included broken paddles, shoes and a stuffed whales tail ..the whale tail will now become an honorary mascot!

Take the Plastic Free July challenge and keep it simple, achievable and sustainable

Thanks to our supporters and collaborators:
SEA LIFE Trust ANZ Manly Sea Life Sanctuary Plastic Free Manly

World Oceans Day 2017

A HUGE thank you to the crew that joined us on World Oceans Sunday afternoon to help clean Manly Cove.

It was a soggy afternoon, and after a few days of crazy weather the build up of rubbish was clear to see!

All up we collected over 20 kilos of rubbish (in just over an hour) and some interesting stats include:
- 100 + ear cleaners
- Over 150 straws
- More than 200 bottle tops
- 5 planks of wood
- 30 + plastic tile spacers were collected.

Cheers everyone, your efforts were amazing!

We love our beach cleans but we know this is a bandaid solution. Plastic Free July is approaching so its time to refuse single-use plastics and switch to better reusable alternatives!