Plastic Free Summer Festival coming to Freo and Cott

In a bid to reduce plastic pollution in our cities and beaches, local governments are coming together to raise awareness of this pervasive problem.

Internationally renowned marine biologist and Young Australian Scientist of the Year, Dr Jennifer Lavers is coming to Perth on 16 and 17 January 2015 for the two day Plastic-Free Summer Festival to share her passion and knowledge on marine plastic pollution and its impacts on wildlife. As seen on the ABC’s Catalyst program Dr Lavers has explored some of the world’s most remote islands looking at how human activities have impacted the environment, with a particular interest in marine plastic pollution and seabirds.

Plastic-free sunset movie
6.30 pm, Friday 16 January: Earth Carers, 40 Marine Parade, Cottesloe. Picnic, talk and outdoor movie “Divide in Concord”.

Plastic-free seminar
10.00–11.00 am, Saturday 17 January: Fremantle Town Hall. Seabirds and plastic pollution seminar by Dr Jennifer Lavers. One Planet photography exhibition, stalls and children’s activities.

Launch of Responsible Cafes initiative
10.00 am–3.00 pm, Sat 17 January: Fremantle Town Hall and Kings Square. Meet the local cafes supporting the Responsible Cafes initiative. BYO cup and grab a free coffee!

Beach cleanup and meet the scientist
12 noon-2.00 pm, Saturday 17 January: Cottesloe beach. Help clean up Cottesloe beach and join Dr Lavers for a forensic examination of beach litter. Free refreshments.

Organised by the City of Fremantle, Fremantle BID, WMRC Earth Carers and the Town of Cottesloe this free two day community festival offers events for all ages. It’s an opportunity to learn, be inspired, connect with your local community and be part of the global movement to reduce plastic pollution.

All events are FREE and PLASTIC-FREE! BYO water bottle and reusable cup.

For more information on the Responsible Cafes program, the Plastic Free Summer Festival or the City of Fremantle’s Plastic Free Initiatives please contact


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One Response to Plastic Free Summer Festival coming to Freo and Cott

  1. Nick says:

    I recently went to a festival in Switzerland where all the cups and plates were recycleable. Every beer or plate of food sold included a $1 bond for the cup or plate, and the person was handed a token. When you bring back your cup and your token you get your $1 back. There was no rubbish anywhere at the end of a 10,000 person festival. Clever.

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