Small GREEN Steps are proud sponsors of the 'Washed Ashore' marine debris sculpture project at St Andrew's Anglican College. Students were asked to make sculptures from plastic pollution gathered from local beaches.


Year 8 students participated as part of the Middle Years Project designed for students to finish off the school year with purpose. The project culminated in an exhibition of Year 8 collaborative artworks designed to raise awareness of the environmental impact of marine debris.


Each group of students created a sculpture constructed entirely out of collected, repurposed marine debris. Students also based their sculpture on their research of an animal that is directly affected by marine debris.


The winning artwork for the 2016 St Andrew’s Washed Ashore Sculpture Prize was awarded to ‘Basking in Garbage’ (Basking Shark) by Faith Roche, Charlotte Crow, Paris Ewing and Taylor Rouse.



Washed Ashore is a non-profit project based in the USA with a global mission of saving oceans and waterways from plastic marine debris by making Art to Save the Sea.


Washed Ashore was founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action.


Over the past six years, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.


Here are a few examples from around the world of some of the creative sculptures assembled from plastic pollution.