Planet Ahead

Planet Ahead

Environmental Education Our mission is to empower individuals to choose conscious consumption over convenience by providing easy alternatives and education.

Planet Ahead is a Northern Beaches based small business aiming to educate children and adults about the effects of over consumption on our living world. Planet Ahead facilitates educational events in childcare, corporate and community settings. We believe that knowledge is power. Through learning and sharing our knowledge, we hope to empower social change for a cleaner, greener, healthier, future. Planet Ahead is environmental education empowering change today, to create a better tomorrow.

Operating as usual


Its hottest July and 120,000 years and we are about to come into a dry El Nino. Learning about climate science in my degree is fu***ng terrifying. We desperately need to put more energy into combatting climate change on a collective and individual level. Donate to a charity combating climate change, consume less, eat less animal products, convert your electricity to a company that only uses renewables. Just do your best to do absolutely anything you can TODAY. Our survival as a species depends on it


An easy hack. 😁


Amazing idea!

Look at all the cool s**t humans could be doing right now!

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 11/04/2022

Yesterday I lost my star employee and best friend, Jeffrey. I've made a small shrine of food and toys at Flora Reserve that is free for anyone who needs it. Also would encourage everybody to adopt their pets- I've had 14 wonderful years with this chaotic menace of a dog and i will miss him immensely.


Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the people tested.

The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs. The impact on health is as yet unknown. But researchers are concerned as microplastics cause damage to human cells in the laboratory and air pollution particles are already known to enter the body and cause millions of early deaths a yearThe scientists analysed blood samples from 22 anonymous donors, all healthy adults and found plastic particles in 17. Half the samples contained PET plastic, which is commonly used in drinks bottles, while a third contained polystyrene, used for packaging food and other products. A quarter of the blood samples contained polyethylene, from which plastic carrier bags are made.

“Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood – ​it’s a breakthrough result,” said Prof Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “But we have to extend the research and increase the sample sizes, the number of polymers assessed, etc.” Further studies by a number of groups are already under way, he said. It is certainly reasonable to be concerned,” Vethaak told the Guardian. “The particles are there and are transported throughout the body.” He said previous work had shown that microplastics were 10 times higher in the faeces of babies compared with adults and that babies fed with plastic bottles are swallowing millions of microplastic particles a day. Read more here:


How awesome is this?


Please contact Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast if you live on "Northern Beaches", Sydney.

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 03/12/2021

Plastic Free Christmas Ideas🌲

- Old road maps and painters tape make for adorable wrapping
- Make labels made out of eucalyptus leaves with a hole punched through
- Try natural twine, jute, old clothes and hessian as ribbons
- Gift experiences rather than material goods
- Don't wrap gifts it all; instead make a small treasure hunt for your loved ones!

Get creative and have a happy and safe holidays. Comment your favourite ideas below 🎁♻️

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 31/08/2021

Love a keep-cuppa but dont know where to find one?
Support local businesses accepting reusables by tagging them in the comments below!

Alfonso’s Café -
Avalon Organics -
Bookacino -
Classic Coffee -
Franks -
Grazen Cakes -
Nourished -
Relish -
The Sneaky Grind -

Roseberry St Café -
Balgowlah Social -

Le Bayview -

Zubi @ Billy’s

Seachange Cafe -

Mulatto Coffee -

Outpost -

Gusto on the Beach -

Girdlers -
Seachange Cafe -
The French Basket -

Ambrosia Food Creation are using and accepting cups but no reusables at this time .foodcreation

Ink & Press Café -
Two Siisters -
Honeybee Boulangerie -

Cruise Espresso -
Little Collins Freshwater .freshwater
Three Seagulls -

The Old Civic -

Pure Wholefoods -
Girdlers -
Fusion Point -
Charlottes Café
Showbox Coffee -
Silos Espresso -
Bretzel Bar -
Sprout - .manly
The Bower Café -
Infinity Bakery -
Sliderz Café -
Manly Wine -
Ruby Lane -
The Hotel Steyne -
Deus Ex Machina -
West End Manly Corso - .manlycorso
Little Legends -
Kazzi -
Sketch -

Bare Whole Foods .wholefoods
Cafe Monaka .monaka
Golly Gosh
Pod Bar Espresso


Rusti Fig -
Cocoa Bar -


Sadly, it looks like this months clean-up will not be able to go ahead due to restrictions. That doesn't mean the that you cant get out and do your own clean up, any time, anywhere.
Even if its just swapping a single use item for a plastic free one at home. Do what you can manage and be kind to yourself and the planet during lockdown.

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 09/07/2021

Too Big, Too Small (2021)

By AJ Gough

 Acrylic paint, PVA, recycled timber, collected waste

 When I’m given plastic cutlery with my meal. When I get the plastic coffee cup when I dine in. When bought a phone, blanketed in Styrofoam. When I bandage my hands with polyester sports tape. When I buy my groceries. My impact on our world seems far too big.

 When I sign a petition. When I clean a beach. When I pay extra for a plastic-free alternative. When I recycle. When I bring my own bags. When I remember my coffee cup. When I fill ten buckets full of trash. I ask myself does it even matter? Am I too small?

 The truth is somewhere in between. This piece is an exploration into personal identity within environmentalism and feeling ‘right-sized’.


Photos from Planet Ahead's post 05/07/2021

My Mother The Land (2020)

Art by AJ Gough, Poetry by Phill Moncrieff

Acrylic spray paints, acrylic paints, reclaimed materials

Phill Moncrieff’s poem, ‘My Mother The Land (2000)’, provides an emotional insight into the maternal and inseparable connection that First Nations people have to Country. While a 40,000-year-old culture could never be summarised in a single poem, through his words I feel the love, pain and reverence he experiences in relation to the land.


Behold the butt butt.

An arty of today's Seaside Scavenge. What a wonderful day with 140kgs of rubbish removed from South Collaroy Beach.


An awesome recycling initiative for toothpaste and brushes at the
Where would you like to see a recycling unit like this?

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 11/05/2021

SLOW- A sign from the Earth; Part 2 (details) - Art by AJ Gough

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 08/05/2021

SLOW - A sign from the Earth; Part 2

PVA, recycled timber, and collected waste

For this sign, I've used items collected from beach cleanups that were intended to be reused.

Pens, silicone coffee cups, childrens toys, rope. No retention. Forgotten. Items created with good intention. They remind me to take care of what i have. Use it till it breaks. Repair it. Use it again.
I get excited when I go into shops and see the latest 'reusable' thing. Then i remember these items. I remember that i have all i need today. Mother Earth reminds me to take it slow.

Photos from Freegle's post 08/04/2021

You can recycle aluminium foil but you can only do that if there is enough for the recycling processing machines to identify it and separate it.
So save your foil and when you've got a ball the size of a tennis ball or bigger, then put it in the recycling.

Assuming you can recycle it. Check first.

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 30/03/2021

These boots were made for walking and that's just what they've done,
These days they're funky planters just a sittin' in the sun 🌱


Ahoy! Its competition time

Ive purchased 20 new litter pickers and i need help naming them. The most original names will get marked on each one. Break out your worst puns and sharpest wit or just get goofy in the comments below

Some to get you started;
Pick-olas Cage, The Picker of Dibley, Pickachu

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 07/03/2021

How cool are these guys nearly collecting their own body weight in rubbish from the lagoon?
🌏🙌 🇦🇺
A well spent with


Happy Mardi Gras 🏳️‍🌈

Planet Ahead is run by a nature nerd, who will marching in Mardi Gras Saturday, then marching down to Curl Curl Lagoon Sunday morning for day!

Looking forward to showing for who I am and the beautiful place I live


A lovely ceramic fragment to compliment the lantana. There is so often a beauty to what is left behind


A teaser of work in progress..

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 16/02/2021

I do need a hand!

Sadly due to rough weather this months cleanup had to be cancelled. Join me for at Curly Lagoon (Mar 7th) or Planet Ahead's Monthly Clean-up at Flora Reserve (Mar 13th)


How likely is it that I'm after finding this , blinking doll?


Any ideas on who this character is?

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 29/01/2021



Not sure where the best place to do a cleanup is? Follow water 🌊

Waterways, drains, river beds, creeks, beaches. I got this from reeds near my local river in 35 minutes!


If the people at this beach dont have anything on them, the beach definitely should not have anything on it either! Nudist Beach


Favourite find of the day; Can you name this dinosaur?


Roadside Renovations 🎨

"Any items collected by Council at your Bulky Goods Clean Up will be compacted, crushed and sent to landfill so the collection should be a last resort." - Northern Beaches Council

I love to revitalise council clean-up finds - a wash, a coat of paint, reupholstering or just some polish will give you a quality item FOR FREE.
Your trash = My treasure 🤷♻️🥰

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 17/12/2020

I am with my latest creation - a chalkboard

Thank you to everyone who guessed what i was making!

Photos from Planet Ahead's post 16/12/2020

What are you doing to your festive footprint this year? ♻️🎄

Ive been road maps, packaging and natural twine for (and adorable) wrapping 🥰


The non-recyclable I collect gets sorted by colour, washed and into art. What would you create with these creamy colours?


Recycling Station at
They take phones, batteries, toner cartridges and more! ♻️

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What is Planet Ahead?

Planet Ahead is a Northern Beaches based small business aiming to educate children and adults about the effects of single-use plastics and over consumption on our living world. Our mission is to empower individuals to choose conscious consumption over convenience by providing easy alternatives and information. In 2020, Planet Ahead, will be offering school incursions, family activities and waste reduction seminars on the Northern Beaches.

We believe that knowledge is power. Through learning and sharing our knowledge, we hope to empower social change for a cleaner, greener, healthier, future.

Planet Ahead is environmental education empowering change today to create a better tomorrow.

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