Meet Nicole, the face behind Plastic Free Aussie
Nicole here, I'm an Adelaide girl living out my mermaid dreams as scuba diving instructor in Bali. My office, my happy place and my one true love in life is the ocean. In fact, I worked out the amount of hours I spend diving equates to living underwater for an entire month of the year.
The passion I have for the ocean is what drove me to set up this business. Sadly, part of my job means I am on the front line when it comes to seeing plastic pollution. Unfortunately, for most Aussies when it comes to plastic pollution there is a real disconnect, as it's very much out of site, out of mind.
One day in early 2019, I was brought to tears at the end of one of my dives. I was trying to teach, but my student and I kept getting tangled in plastic. I was horrified at what I was seeing. This dive site is usually frequented by Manta Rays, but that day the poor Mantas were nowhere to be seen as there was just too much plastic. That's when I knew I had to do something to help prevent this from happening.
Plastic pollution is definitely not just a problem that exists in Asia, the oceans are interconnected, meaning wherever you are in the world you can make a difference!