Straight off the beach, twelve-year-old Arlian Ecker from Byron Bay, known as Plastic Free Boy, is on a mission to unite and educate children in schools about the problems and solutions of plastic pollution. His film ‘Plastic Alarm’ is shown in schools globally, empowering students to make decisions and take actions for a sustainable society and ecosystem. Arlian’s mission is so timely considering QLD’s recent plastic bag ban. We wanted to get to know Plastic Free Boy, so we sat down with him and asked him some questions.
I am a 12-year-old boy who wants to unite and educate kids about the solutions to plastic pollution so they can make better decisions for their future together.
I saw three sea turtles being released on my birthday one and a half years ago. I asked my mum why they were not in the ocean already. Her being a professional film maker asked me if I wanted to tell the story of the turtles, which then turned into the story of plastic. Together we worked for nine months on making the 22-minute film called ‘Plastic Alarm’, where I talk with other kids about the problems and solution of plastic pollution. My film is being shown to preschools, primary schools and high schools inspiring and empowering kids.
I want my film ‘Plastic Alarm’ to be shown every school in Australia and overseas. I want the kids to think about and work towards changing the waste they consume and what they take to the schools. I want the schools to improve their waste management and kids helping for that change, for example, by not wanting plastic straws any more. For the canteen to not to sell single use plastic to kids but come up with reusable solutions, which I can help them by directing them to companies that have good solutions. I am going to have a shop on my website as well in the future to make it easier to direct them to the businesses that sell good reusable products for example bees wax wraps.
You can donate money, which helps to keep going with our campaign and bring the film to schools. https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/plastic-free-boy-schools-2018/
The community can host screenings to educate the kids. The schools can show my film to students. My film is available on
I am going to host Plastic Free Boy beach clean ups and I would like kids to start Plastic Free Boy beach clean ups in their neighbourhood, and connect with me on Facebook to tell me of their projects. We’ve got this. We can do this! Then I want schools to connect with each other and learn from each other. There is always room for improvement and we love learning from other kids.
You can ask businesses to sell my Plastic Free Boy Keep Cups to people, so that adults are reminded that using a reusable keep cup is for their kid’s future, which saves 1.7 million disposable coffee cups being thrown away in Australia every single day - going into landfill, breaking into micro plastic leaking into ground water, rivers and beaches, ending up into the ocean, killing sea animals and coming back into our body through the micro plastic contaminated water we drink.
I will keep educating kids with videos on social media, getting people to follow me, so I can create a bigger movement, bringing musicians, artists, actors, brands and groups to work together with kids for our future. I want to make great films about the ocean, like David Attenborough in a cool way so kids like it. I want to be an ambassador for the ocean and its animals.
more info: https://plasticfreeboy.global/