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