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Press Release Dec 1, 2020 —–for immediate release—–

 

‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ partners with older Australians to protect oceans

Regis Aged Care, one of Australia’s largest providers of residential care for older Australians, has partnered with The Turtle Tribe to provide their residents all over Australia with a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one every three months.

The Turtle Tribe was founded in 2018 by 11 year old Queenslander Ned Heaton in response to the growing problem of ocean plastics.

Now 13, Ned says, “I dedicate this partnership to my dear neighbour Fran Doyle, who passed away at the age of 94 last year. She showed me that older Australians care deeply about the world they’re leaving behind, having witnessed environmental destruction over their whole lifetimes.”

“I’m proud to partner with Regis Aged Care to reduce plastic waste.  By 2050 scientists predict there’ll be more plastic in the o cean than fish, and we can’t let that happen. We need to change. We need to use less plastic.  And by partnering between my generation and older Australians, we are that change. Thanks to Regis’ leadership, 30,000 fewer plastic toothbrushes will be thrown out each year.”

The Turtle Tribe was recently named ‘Changemaker of the Year’ in the global ‘Be the Change’ awards, announced in London in 2019. Ned’s long term goal is to get plastic toothbrushes banned, having witnessed first hand how many are floating in the ocean and washing up on his favourite holiday beach. There are similar reports from around the world, such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the Galapagos Islands.

“There’s no need to make toothbrushes out of plastic,” says Ned.  “Bamboo ones work just the same, but biodegrade when you’ve finished with them. It’s that easy to make a difference.”

3 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out globally every year, that persist somewhere in the world for up to a thousand years, whether in landfill, the ocean, or on beaches.

Regis’s latest waste reduction program comes as a good news story after what’s been a very difficult year for the aged care sector, with the challenges of a Royal Commission and Covid-19.

Linda Mellors, CEO and Managing Director at Regis Aged Care, said “Regis Aged Care is delighted to be working with kidpreneur Ned Heaton to reduce plastic waste. Sustainability is of high importance to our residents, clients, families, employees and shareholders. Providing our residents with a new high quality bamboo toothbrush every 3 months is great for oral health as well as the environment. We are also keen to support other Australian entrepreneurs to improve products and services for older people.”

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For more info/pics

www.TheTurtleTribe.com.au

www.regis.com.au/sustainability/

https://www.regis.com.au/newsroom

https://agedcareonline.com.au/2020/11/Regis-and-The-Turtle-Tribe

Shane Heaton (Ned’s Dad) 0408 22 00 55

Regis media – Penelope Blamphin – 1300 998 100

Two tonnes of plastic pollution collected from Moreton Island National Park

 

A young entrepreneur, his charity partners, and a team of volunteers have just cleaned around two tonnes of plastic pollution from Moreton Island National Park. Budding kid-preneur Ned Heaton of Tamborine Mountain founded his first company, The Turtle Tribe at just 11 years old. He has created a business that saves the planet, turns a profit and supports a charity. And he’s not even in high school yet!

 

“I wanted to start a business that made a positive difference in the world.” says Ned. “I’m sick of finding plastic rubbish washed up on my favourite beaches, so I’ve decided to do something about it.”

 

“There are five trillion pieces of plastic rubbish in the ocean,” says Ned. “And three billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every year. I find them on the beach at Moreton Island National Park! Taking a better holiday than their former owners!” he chides.

 

Local charity, Ocean Crusaders, ran the clean-up operation with the support of other local businesses. Over two tonnes of rubbish was removed, including around 200 old plastic toothbrushes. Plastic rubbish washes up on the island’s wild ocean beach with every tide.

 

“Every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever used in your life is still in the world somewhere,” says Ned.  “They take thousands of years to break down. Bamboo toothbrushes work just the same, and biodegrade! It’s crazy to make toothbrushes, which have to be thrown away every three months, out of plastic. I offer people a free bamboo toothbrush to help them make the change, and sales of extra toothbrushes keep me in business.” 

Ned’s ultimate goal is to have plastic toothbrushes banned, but he realises that first he needs to make bamboo toothbrushes more widely available, so has pledged to give away one million bamboo toothbrushes.

 

With guidance from his parents, Shane and Cath, plus business mentors Ben and Sheri Jones of the Youth in Business program, Ned has already established a website, Facebook page, Linkedin profile, has hundreds of happy customers, his charity partner, and a factory in China manufacturing his own design of bamboo toothbrushes.  

 

Ned has been invited to present his business at the National Business Sustainability Conference to other corporate sustainability managers in Brisbane this April. “I love opportunities like this to connect with people,” says Ned. “Having a business you’re passionate about is a great way to do good in the world. I know I can’t solve all the world’s problems,” he says. “But maybe, just maybe, I can fix this one thing, and help to reduce plastic pollution entering the ocean.”

 

The Turtle Tribe has been shortlisted as a finalist in the international ‘Be The Change’ awards, judged in London this April by a panel of expert judges. Ten percent of Turtle Tribe profits go to his charity partner Ocean Crusaders, to support their beach clean-ups and education programs.

 

For more information and to claim your free bamboo toothbrush, “Before my pocket money runs out,” warns Ned, visit  www.theturtletribe.com.au

 

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Photos available by request

 

Contact details

Email  Ned@theturtletribe.com.au

Phone (Dad) 0408220055

Website www.theturtletribe.com.au

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheTurtleTribe.com.au

YouTube          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_qF6Frd27k&t=61s

Eleven year old kid calls for ban of plastic toothbrushes in Queensland

 

As a guest speaker at the CitySmart Climate Week Speakers Series last week, eleven year old Ned Heaton called on the Queensland Government to ban plastic toothbrushes, citing new scientific evidence1 that plastic pollution is contributing to climate change by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as it breaks down in the environment.

“And if you thought that was bad,” says Ned, “Check THIS out! Tiny plastic particles are now part of the ocean food chain. Someone eating a typical seafood diet now eats around 11000 toxic plastic particles every year.”

“And plankton are eating it too! It can kill plankton and prevent them storing carbon in the ocean, supporting the ocean’s whole food chain, and creating most of the oxygen we breathe,” claims Ned.

“ We simply can’t afford to make disposable items out of plastic anymore.”

He’s talking about bottles, bags, straws, coffee cups, cutlery, toothbrushes, cotton buds, balloons, and more.

The budding entrepreneur founded his first company, The Turtle Tribe, in 2018.

“There are five trillion pieces of plastic rubbish in the ocean,” says Ned. “And three billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every year worldwide. Lots end up in the ocean and I find them washed up on the beach at Moreton Island National Park where I go camping every year with my family.”

“Every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever used in your life is still in the world somewhere,” says Ned.  “They take thousands of years to break down. Bamboo toothbrushes work just the same, and biodegrade! It’s crazy to make toothbrushes, which have to be thrown away every three months, out of plastic. I offer people a free bamboo toothbrush to help them make the change, and sales of extra toothbrushes keep me in business.”

Ned’s ultimate goal is to have plastic toothbrushes banned, but he realises that first he needs to make bamboo toothbrushes more widely available, so has pledged to give away one million bamboo toothbrushes.

At a gala awards ceremony in London in April, Ned Heaton from Tamborine Mountain  was named ‘Changemaker of the Year’ by a panel of expert judges out of just five finalists worldwide. He was recognised for his ambitious plan to ban plastic toothbrushes and help reduce ocean pollution.

The young entrepreneur was part of a team of volunteers that recently cleaned two tonnes of plastic pollution from the wild Pacific Ocean beaches of Moreton Island National Park, including around 200 old plastic toothbrushes.

With guidance from his parents, Shane and Cath, plus business mentors Ben and Sheri Jones of the Youth in Business program, Ned’s business has already established a website, Facebook page, YouTube channel,  Linkedin profile, has thousands of happy customers, and a factory in China manufacturing his own design of bamboo toothbrushes.  Ten percent of The Turtle Tribe profits go to his charity partner Ocean Crusaders to support their beach clean-ups and education programs.

Ned says “I know I can’t solve all the world’s problems. But maybe, just maybe, I can fix this one thing, and help to reduce plastic pollution entering the ocean.”

“A non-plastic toothbrush is a great reminder to reduce your plastic use, twice a day, every day. And you know what else happens twice a day, every day?” asks Ned. “The high tide deposits more plastic on every beach in the world. It’s time to change.”

“I’m not begging manufacturers to stop making things out of plastic that don’t need to be. I’m here to tell them that change is coming whether they like it or not. The future belongs to the kids of the world, and if the adults don’t fix the world’s problems, we’ll have to. We are #GenerationChange”

For more information and to claim your free bamboo toothbrush, “Before my pocket money runs out,” warns Ned, visit  www.theturtletribe.com.au

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Ned Heaton was a guest speaker at the Queensland Government Climate Week Speakers Series in Brisbane.

 

1  Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet”, Center for International Environmental Lawhttps://www.ciel.org/plasticandclimate/

 

Contact details

Email  Ned@theturtletribe.com.au

Phone (Dad) 0408220055

Website www.theturtletribe.com.au

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheTurtleTribe.com.au

YouTube          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_qF6Frd27k&t=61s

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO Ned@TheTurtleTribe.com.au or call Shane on 0408220055

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