Where’s your ‘hood?
I live near Manly in Sydney.
Why it’s so good?
The marine sanctuary and beaches.
1: Tell me about your campaign
Operation Straw is a two-part clean-up project designed to tackle single-use plastic in Manly Cove and beyond.
1. We go ‘STRAWkling’, which is a snorkel to collect straws and rubbish
2. We also talk to businesses in the local community to encourage them to reduce the amount of plastic they serve customers.
2: What ‘moment’ started this journey?
3: how did the idea grow?
We didn’t think the community would be that interested.
We decided to make it into a event which really helped turn Operation Straw into the fun and engaged community it is today!
4: Any Unexpected delights along the way?
5: How can we get involved?
As a customer, you have more power than you think. Let your favourite venue know you’d love for them to stop using plastic straws.
6: Where to next?
7: Tips & Adivce
Pick one problem, work out your goal to change it, and go from there.
8: your legacy
What do you hope your legacy will be?
That I’ve successfully contributed to a world where sea turtles are less grumpy and the issues impacting them are somewhat alleviated.
9: staying positive
How do you stay positive when you’re feeling discouraged?
Jump in the ocean for a snorkel or scuba, even when it’s cold! I’ve really found this not only helps me with staying positive in regards to sustainability, but also for my mental health. Nature is so important for our physical and mental wellbeing.
I also love talking to other people in my community doing great stuff and checking out awesome examples of art and design for the planet.
10: favourite quote
“If all we do is clean up, that’s all we’ll ever do.”
Heidi Taylor from Tangaroa Blue said this and it really resonates with me and reminds me how important it is to stop single-use plastic at the source!
Well there you have it, a little Spark to brighten your day. Thank you Harriet!
Operation Straw is such a perfect example of a community coming together to tackle a problem in a positive way.
Feeling inspired, but overwhelmed with where to start?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Download our toolkit and let’s get started (Harriet wrote the social media chapter… she’s one of those ridiculously talented people and also runs Grumpy Turtle Design)
Harriet believes in conservation through creative communication. She has worked in communications and design for some of Australia’s leading environmental organisations, including 1 Million Women and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, and has spearheaded several environmental initiatives, the most recent being Operation Straw.
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