WHO ARE WE?
We're glad you asked! 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. Our other communities are Noosa (Qld), Byron (NSW), and Perth (WA).
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:
Taryn Hansen - Project Coordinator
An Adelaide local, Taryn joined us after completing a double bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Arts, specialising in environmental management and community development.
She has always had a keen interest in urban environmental issues, recently completing a project in Cambodia working on solutions waste management problems in tourist dense areas. This saw her implementing a rotation model for beer bottles, working with regional breweries, pubs, restaurants, and local labour channels to identify the opportunities and barriers in the creation of a circular chain for bottled beer.
Back home in Adelaide, Taryn is putting her skills to good use as she works with our local businesses to help them shift away from single-use-use plastic!
Kelly Smith - Project Coordinator
Kelly joins us from working with businesses globally to implement software and guiding them through the change management process. She loves helping people achieve desired outcomes and has experience doing so in a variety of sectors including community development, marketing and hospitality.
Kelly is passionate about social justice, and since being confronted with the visible plastic pollution in the Philippines, she realised that our plastic problem was far more hidden. Her growing understanding of environmental issues saw her making changes in her own life and, as an activist, naturally wanted to see change extend beyond this.
As an Adelaide local, Kelly is excited to be back home using her skills and passion to help businesses shift away from single-use plastics!
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 our 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.
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