Plastic Free Byron formed in August 2016 after a Byron Shire-wide Plastic Free July campaign sent positive ripples throughout the community. The collaborative efforts of 8 organisations saw diverse demographics of residents, tourists and business operators reached with the powerful campaign. In 2017 we undertook community audits to assess the single-use plastic being used at retail and hospitality locations.
In 2018 we are happy to launch our Byron Borrow Bags program and our Plastic Free Byron Directory.

Sasha Mainsbridge

Sasha traded in a corporate life in Melbourne for life by the sea with her two young sons in 2012 after a 13 year career in insurance. She has redirected her skills in business analysis and leadership coaching to working with small and medium businesses who see the growing desire from consumers for businesses to improve their impact on their community and the environment – both local and global. In late 2014 Sasha moved her family to the Northern Rivers because she saw the Byron Shire was unusually open to accepting that change is urgently needed.

After surveying the needs of the community Sasha launched her organisation, Mullum Cares, in late 2015. Mullum Cares has had huge success on many fronts in Mullumbimby and continues to be a supporting agent for positive change. 

Alice Forrest

Alice is a marine biologist and conservationist, committed to protecting our oceans and planet from plastic pollution. Her desire to protect our wild places stems from a love of nature and the ocean, which is also why she moved to the beautiful Byron shire. In the past she has worked in a range of environmental conservation roles, both in volunteer and paid positions, including the Wilderness Society, the Two Hands Project, Sea Shepherd, Northern Rivers Wildlife Rescue and ORRCA. Her research as a marine biologist has taken her to many of the oceans wild places, and she recently completed her research into ingestion of marine plastic by commonly eaten South Pacific fish. She also believes that changing behaviour and consumption are critical, and frequently speaks at schools and community groups about positive actions they can take to help protect our planet and live more sustainably.

Nat Woods

Natalie has worked in the government and not-for-profit sectors for a number of years, both in Australia and China, most recently working in Sydney as a Campaign Coordinator at both WWF-Australia and GetUp! Australia. Natalie is a Co-founder of Clean Coast Collective, a not-for-profit committed to shifting consumer behaviour away from unnecessary plastics and cleaning up existing marine debris. Now working in Freelance Marketing for a number of social enterprises (and running Clean Coast Collective), Natalie is passionate about how not-for-profits can better market themselves to a population overwhelmed by the myriad of social and environmental issues present in our society.

Dan Smith

Daniel’s background is in government and finance, having worked in the federal government in Canberra and in a number of different finance roles in Sydney and the Northern Rivers. Daniel Co-founded Clean Coast Collective in 2014 after becoming aware of the devastating amount of marine debris and plastic pollution in our oceans and on our coastlines. While running Clean Coast Collective on the side, Daniel is an accountant in the Northern Rivers and is passionate about helping small businesses, social enterprises and not-for-profits manage their finances effectively and transparently.

Caitlin Weatherstone

Caitlin grew up in the Northern Rivers region with a passion for the natural environment and went on to study a postgraduate degree in Wildlife Science, Conservation and Tropical Ecology. In 2014, Caitlin founded environmental education business, Wild Search Byron Bay, and strives to connect women and children with nature through rewilding, nature play and conservation activities. Caitlin currently volunteers for several local marine and wildlife conservation organisations including Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers, ORRCA, Clean Coast Collective and Shark Watch NSW and works for the Byron Bay Surf Festival.”

Enriquetta Marquez

Enriqueta grew up in Argentina, with a love for the simple things: nature, arts and social change. She studied cinematography at University of Buenos Aires, and has been travelling and exploring different realities. Settled in Australia in 2012 and in 2014 started Bolsa Bags (BB), a small business focused in repurposing soft plastic waste, giving it a second chance by extending its life cycle to create awareness, educate and express herself. She was an active  member of the first Plastic Free July campaign in the Byron Shire and is now part of this amazing project.

Paul Crebar

Paul has been working in the hospitality and retail sector for over 15 years. During this time he has worked from customer service roles through to being a HR Consultant and HR Manager – and everything in between too. He has been involved in system design and change programs to create more efficient, productive and cleaner systems throughout many of these organisations.  Now as a social entrepreneur his passion lies in creating connective opportunities for people to rekindle the love and connection they have with our earth. He is a founding member of Fair Food Byron, a co-founder of Byron Seed Share, the Creative Director of Luminous Youth Village and the Communications & Events Manager at Santos Organics. Having worked on a multitude of plastic awareness campaigns and education programs he has the ability to assist with the delivery of organised and structured programs. He lives with his wife and family in Wilson’s Creek.

Marcus Thornton

Marcus is a passionate ocean defender.  During the week you will find him on the job site as a carpenter, and on the weekends look for him running beach cleans as a marine debris survey coordinator. His connection for the ocean is kept strong with his love for surfing and free-diving. Both of these activities have shown him first hand just how amazing and diverse the ocean is and amplified his personal interest in protecting it.

With this connection to the ocean, he has become aware of the issues that all of our oceans face. It is with this passion he is doing what he can to help the ocean and her beautiful creatures prosper.