My family always enjoyed the outdoors. When I was young we went camping a lot. Whether it was out on Fraser Island, up at Double Island on the Sunshine Coast or inland to the country. We were always getting out there. I think that’s what instilled in me a love for the natural world.
Growing up I was a bit of a rule breaker. I liked going ‘against the grain’. Once I was able to go out and explore on my own, I was off. Exploration has been a theme throughout my life so far.
I had a goal to visit all the 7 continents. One thing that was a constant through accomplishing that goal was that humans (myself included) had a problem with waste and overconsumption.
Upon realising this I started on a journey to reign in my consumer behaviours and channel that energy into trying to find solutions for the issue we are facing as a species with waste.
This led me to start a small business, The Developing Clean, with a goal of “Raising Awareness & Inspiring Change” which then led me into a volunteer role with an epic Not For Profit that works in Marine Conservation, Seaside Scavenge.
When I arrived in Sydney at the beginning of 2017 I didn’t really know anyone and so I quickly sought to make connections. Since I had recently started my own journey into the world of environmental do-goodery it was easy for me to find some of the local heroes. I came across AJ Linke who is the founder of Seaside Scavenge.
I reached out to AJ and before long was volunteering my time with the Seaside Scavenge. I was tasked with business engagement and also helped volunteer at a couple of local events.
Skip forward to the end of 2018 and AJ was ready to bring on a Seaside Scavenge employee. I was humbled that she thought of me.
Seaside Scavenge is a waterway cleanup and clothes swap event where litter becomes the currency to purchase pre-loved clothes, books and more at our pop-up market.
Seaside Scavenge includes the community by inviting local musicians to create a friendly vibe throughout the day as well as asking local community groups to facilitate plastic-free living and marine conservation talks.
156,630 Cigarette butts saved from washing into the ocean
7,712kg of pre-loved stuff diverted from landfill
10,157kg of litter picked-up from our waterways
109 businesses have taken the plastic-free pledge to avoid at least one single-use item
5,242 legends who’ve helped us out
36 communities where we’ve hosted a Scavenge
Seaside Scavenge has recently launched the ‘Spring Into Scavenge’ program which will empower communities around the globe to run their own Seaside Scavenge and become custodians of the ocean.
I would tell them that we can do a lot about the problems we face! Indeed we are doing a lot.
Here’s a couple of pointers for the do-gooders who are keen to create a positive impact:
Visit Support The Scavenge to find out more.