Ever wondered what it’d be like to snorkel, kayak, or paddle-boat with a lifetime’s supply of single-use plastic bottles strapped to your waist? That’s weird, us too!
In December 2020 Mike embarked on a plastic-busting road trip from Cairns to Canberra, with 3,109 plastic bottles in tow in a giant fishing net to show the crazy amount of plastic Aussies who join Zero Co could stop in their tracks. He meets with celebrities and politicians along the way, even an ex-PM! Read all about it here in this rad recap and watch epic interviews and highlight reels from the trip.
At Zero Co we're on a mission to stop 1 million single-use plastic bottles from ending up in landfill over the next 12 months. And to do that, we need 20,000 households to join us in the Great Aussie Plastic Purge.
We’ve created a range of planet-friendly personal-care and home-cleaning products that get delivered directly to your door minus all the single-use plastic. Our refill and return model replaces single-use with forever-use and it works just like the milkman: you order, we deliver, you return, we refill.
Our dispensers are made from plastic waste pulled from the ocean and our refill pouches are made from recycled materials diverted from landfill.
In January 2021, we called on Aussies from all walks of life to join us in the Great Australian Plastic Purge by buying a box of Zero Co products and purging their homes of single-use plastic.
Did you miss out on the purge? No worries! You can still buy your box of plastic-busting Zero Co do-goodies and win the war on waste at your place!
The Great Aussie Plastic Purge Road trip Stop #1: Great Barrier Reef
Ever wondered what it'd be like to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with a lifetime's supply of single-use plastic bottles strapped to your waist? Ha, us too!
Our first stop on the Great Aussie Plastic Purge Roadtrip was one of Australia's most famous icons.
Check out how it went and discover how you can turn a lifetime's supply of bottles into one bottle for a lifetime.
For more on what happened at the Great Barrier Reef check out Mike's interview with Dr Dean Miller, a marine biologist, film maker, photographer and the managing director of the not-for-profit social enterprise The Great Barrier Reef Legacy.
Mike also swung by and met with legend Christian Miller. He’s a conservationist, researcher, filmmaker and director of Parley.tv Australia, and gave us a tour of what we called his 'plastic graveyard' during the first leg of our Great Aussie Plastic Purge Road Trip in Port Douglas. Check that out here too!
The Great Aussie Plastic Purge Roadtrip Stop #2: Brisbane River
What happens in BrisVegas stays in BrisVegas.
Our second stop on the Great Aussie Plastic Purge Road trip was the bull-shark infested waters of the Brisbane river. We came, we saw, we water biked.
Turns out actually going anywhere on a water bike dragging 3,109 single-use plastic bottles is almost impossible!
Check out how it went:
The Great Aussie Plastic Purge Roadtrip Stop #3: Gold Coast
For the 3rd leg of our plastic-smashing road trip we stopped at the beautiful Gold Coast for a PADDLE AGAINST PLASTIC.
Mike got himself well and truly whip-lashed trying to surf with 3,109 single-use plastic (SUP) bottles tied to his waist. Turns out a lifetime of SUP really holds you back!
Check out how it went on the GC. Next stop Sydney!
On route from Gold Coast to Sydney, Mike stopped by the office in Byron Bay for a surprise visit from the plastic-busting legend Katinka Day! Katinka is the No Plastics in Nature Policy Manager from WWF Australia and is a total legend in her own lunchtime.
The Great Aussie Plastic Purge Roadtrip Stop #4: Sydney
The 4th leg of our plastic-smashing road trip took us to Sydney.
What do an ex-PM, a Bondi Surf Lifesaver and an Explorer have in common?
They all wanna help solve the single-use plastic problem, of course! From kayaking (badly) with Malcolm Turnbull, diving for rubbish with Barefoot Captain, to flag racing with Harries Bondi Rescue, we couldn't have wished for a better bunch of legends to chat with whilst we were in Sydney.
Next stop. The Nations Capital of course.
The Great Aussie Plastic Purge Roadtrip Stop #5: Canberra
3,109 single-use plastic bottles... That's one person's lifetime usage of just stuff like laundry liquid or handwash!
We embarked on the Great Aussie Plastic Purge Road Trip with all those bottles in tow to show how life s*cks with single-use plastic. It started in Cairns, and ended up in Canberra on Lake Burley Griffin in a paddle-boat with Josh Wilson MP Shadow Minister for the Environment. Just on time for a plastic-busting bill to be presented in Parliament.. And it passed! Yahoo!
The Great Australian Plastic Purge road trip came to an end on the front lawn of Parliament house, where Mike met with former Olympic athlete and MP for Warringah (NSW) Zali Steggall. Check it out.
For more on Zero Co's Great Australian Plastic Purge, check out our GAPP chats on the blog.