WHO ARE WE?
Plastic Free SA is a project run by The Boomerang Alliance, and we've been doing this kind of work for a while.
Boomerang Alliance is a national peak not-for-profit formed in 2003 with the aim of a zero waste society - to give local communities power in their struggle to stem the massive waste of discarded resources polluting our environment.
We have run successful campaigns around container deposit schemes, plastic bags, E-waste, toxic toxic tyre dumping, mircroplastics and microbeads.
Plastic Free SA is the South Australian pilot community of our Plastic Free Places Program.
THE PLASTIC FREE SA TEAM
Our team works on the ground (and behind the scenes) to deliver to our members the best advice, information and solutions to help them switch away from single-use plastic. This may sound simple, but in fact it takes a lot of work, knowledge, experience and passion to deliver this program!
Meet the Boomerang Alliance staff that make up this awesome team:
MELISSA RAYNER - PROJECT COORDINATOR
Melissa’s diverse background includes a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, over 20 years experience in hospitality, tourism and management, and numerous voluntary roles in the community service sector. She’s always had an interest in environmental and social issues, but didn't realise how much plastic litter was impacting our environment until she started traveling and witnessed some of the worst pollution around the world. Melissa realised she wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Upon her return, Melissa developed a social enterprise cafe model committed to lowering environmental impacts in the hospitality industry. The cafe was awarded Best Green Business by the City of Adelaide in 2019.
Melissa knows how busy running a food business is and the many hats a business owner and hospitality manager wears, and is committed to helping other businesses achieve their sustainability goals.
KELLIE LINDSAY - PLASTIC FREE PLACES PROGRAM MANAGER
Kellie oversees the management of the Plastic Free Places program (which Plastic Free SA falls under) and helps develop the systems and partnerships that drive it. Kellie obtained business and science degrees before pursuing an environmental career, further obtaining a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management. She has managed the program since its inception in early 2017, and prior to this, helped to implement successful campaigns for a container refund scheme and plastic bag ban in Qld.
‘The key to the success of this program has been direct engagement with our members and the behind the scenes work we do to make it easy for them to switch. We work to support them, to make it straight-forward, and deliver real solutions to these businesses'.
TOBY HUTCHEON - CAMPAIGNS MANAGER
Toby has worked on environmental issues for 30 years. He started at Greenpeace on the Nuclear Free Seas campaign, dividing his time between the office and the bows of nuclear warships. He was Greenpeace Australia’s first Action Coordinator, managed the Communications Division, and helped initiate the ‘green’ Sydney Olympics. Toby moved to Europe in 1996, working on the Chernobyl Campaign for Greenpeace International in Moscow.
Since then, Toby worked with the NSW Government on waste issues and ran a consultancy business, advising government on zero-waste initiatives.
Toby was the Executive Director of the Queensland Conservation Council from 2004-2014, and has tertiary qualifications in education, marketing and journalism. As the Boomerang Alliance Campaigns Manager, he creates the strategies and actions to run our successful campaigns, and works with governments on policy around plastic and waste. He believes that we can all make a difference.