Peg sparks mission to solve plas­tic prob­lem

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sub­mis­sion process by cre­at­ing easy-to-use forms and she’s worked on projects to en­gage young­sters in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

The stand-out of which has been the plas­tic bot­tle kayak project, she says.

‘‘We have taken all th­ese plas­tic bot­tles and de­signed and cre­ated th­ese kayaks which we then take out on an ex­pe­di­tion,’’ Reynolds says.

‘‘It is that sort of in­no­va­tion and ad­ven­tur­ous at­ti­tude which we ac­tu­ally need to solve the pol­lu­tion prob­lem.’’

This year the group of young en­vi­ron­men­tal en­thu­si­asts will pad­dle through the Abel Tas­man Na­tional park in their plas­tic bot­tle kayaks.

‘‘Not only are we re­ally fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing zero waste we are go­ing be­yond that and look­ing to be waste-pos­i­tive so ac­tu­ally col­lect any rub­bish we come across.’’

Go­ing above and be­yond for her pas­sion is some­thing Reynolds is used to now.

‘‘I do want to find a way to make it so as I’m not just vol­un­teer­ing my en­tire life away, I do need to pay rent, eat and live.

‘‘But for young peo­ple it is a time in your life where you can say: ‘ I’m not go­ing to set­tle for the com­fort­able job, I am go­ing to fol­low my pas­sion’.’’

Photo: ROSE CAW­LEY

Chang­ing mind­sets: Florence Reynolds, 22, fol­lowed her pas­sion and started up Plas­tic Diet to pro­mote so­lu­tions and aware­ness of the coun­try’s plas­tic prob­lem.

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