“My name is Nicole Garofano. I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. My research is focused on plastic food and beverage packaging material in small island developing states. My case study countries are Vanuatu, Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and the Seychelles.

I am also a WasteAid Associate, committed to improving waste management in developing economies, identifying and building on opportunities which are locally appropriate and sustainable.

I am part of a group of 300 women invited to participate in the all-women led and implemented global research voyage eXXpedition.

eXXpedition is undertaking research on plastic marine debris to build a global database to inform the design, use and management of plastic around the world. eXXpedition left the UK on October 9 2019 and is now working her way across the South Pacific to arrive in Cairns in June.

Read about the all-woman round the world voyage

As one of the research crew members selected from thousands to participate, my main goal is to fill a gap in my research – the presence of plastic marine debris in near shore and remote islands of Australia. I would also like to raise awareness of the challenges for developing economies who are limited to manage plastic effectively and contribute to making change further up the chain.

To take part in eXXpedition I need to raise funds.

I invite you to contribute to this research voyage on my Leg, Leg 14 from Cairns to Darwin. Our team sets sail on July 18 and will be busy collecting data for 12 days.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

Please visit GoFundMe. In the coming weeks, my new website useplasticbetter.org will be up and running. I invite you to follow me there.


My fundraising goal is AUD8000. 


What do you get in return for supporting my place on the eXXpedition?


$251-$500 – Listing on GoFundMe, my new website useplasticbetter.org and mention in my daily blog post while on the boat.

$501-$1000 – As above, plus if Corporate donor, your logo on my Crew page on the eXXpedition website, similar to Rachael on Leg 13 here. If not a corporate donor, your name added to my Crew page.

$1001-$3000 – As above, plus logo on back of UPF sun protective custom screen printed shirt to be worn by me on board and captured as part of the daily video blog; included in Contributor list for all of my pre and post-eXXpedition Community presentations.

$3001+ – As above including Contributor sponsorship with special mention on one day of my eXXpedition journey and at all of my press appearances pre and post-eXXpedition, including TEDx talk to be delivered later in 2020. Corporate donors will be eligible for at least one sponsored day of my eXXpedition voyage, promoting your company’s policies and actions for sustainability (subject to approval) on photo and video footage uploaded to the eXXpedition website, my website, and other social media including LinkedIn. Approved corporate donors will also be identified in my publications as mentioned above.

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