20.4 C
Byron Shire
April 20, 2024

Plastic Free Boy inspiring schools

Latest News

Infrastructure for east end of Mullum

Mullumbimby was founded 135 years ago. In the 1960s sewerage was introduced, as was I suppose drainage infrastructure. Are...

Other News

We wonder why

Living in Byron Shire the majority of people continue to ask why is this organisation continuously letting this community...

Musicians and MLC support the save Wallum fight

As the drama unfolded between police and protesters at the Wallum Development in Brunswick Heads yesterday, people were drawn to the site by the red alerts sent out by the Save Wallum organisers.

Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program announces 36 projects

Bridge expansions, upgraded pumps, enhanced evacuation routes and nature-based projects are just a few of the 36 projects being...

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

Third village for Alstonville Plateau?

A proposal to assess the viability of a third village on the Alstonville Plateau was discussed at Ballina Shire Council's last meeting.

Statement of faith leaders following attack in Sydney

NSW Premier Chris Minns and Minister for Multiculturalism Steve Kamper have released a joint statement from a diverse group of NSW faith leaders, in an effort to calm tensions following the recent knife attack at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in south western Sydney.

Arlian, Plastic Free Boy, is inspiring people to reduce their use of plastic. Photo supplied.

Byron’s Plastic Free Boy, Arlian has been taking to the screen and was recently featured on Channel Ten’s The Project last Thursday as well as presenting his film Plastic Alarm to schools both locally and in Brisbane.

Having been to Brisbane last week he presented his film to hundreds of kids in different schools said his mother Karin Ecker.

His film is not only educating kids about the problems and solutions of plastic but creating an instant impact,’ said Karin.

A contribution of $5 per child is split between helping pay for the costs of making the film while fifty per cent of this stays at the school where Arlian has presented to help the school take on the challenge of improving their waste management.

‘Inspired by all this amazing feedback from now thousands of fans on the internet, Arlian is ready for action. The videos broadcast by The Project on Channel 10 and Uplift Connect has gone viral and reached people from all over the world. Channel 10 did a beautiful feature story, came up from Melbourne and filmed with us all day,’ Karin commented.

Byron Public goes plastic staw free

At Arlian’s own school Byron Bay Public School he and number of other students collected 200 signatures asking the canteen to stop using plastic straws.

‘A whole group of kids then proudly delivered the paper straws to the canteen. It looks like the plastic straw are history and Arlian, 250 kids, teachers and some parents have created a plastic straw free Byron Bay Public School,’ said Karin.

The school will now have paper straws and their supplier Al Packs has donated a box of 2,400 paper straws to the school and said the will not sell plastic stars in the future.

‘This is only the beginning,’ said Arlian.

‘We hope we can get kids to follow this in every school and become plastic straw free. In fact single use plastic free.’

Previous articleA different agenda
Next articleNo bloody way

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Save Wallum now

The Save Wallum campaign has been ongoing and a strong presence of concerned conservationists are on site at Brunswick Heads. How the state planning...

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in parliament on March 20, said,...

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.