FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Did you know it takes 500 years for an average-sized plastic water bottle to fully decompose?
One girl who loves to fish is making it her mission to help save the planet sharing her recycling tips with other kids!
At 7 years old, Kaya Mystic Walker, Hook 360 child ambassador, @fishing_princess_kaya, is a fishing fanatic!
"I fish every single week," Kaya said.
She learned to love the outdoors thanks to her dad.
"It's something that we bond over," said Tymagin Walker, Kaya's father.
Kaya's Instagram page caught the eye of Brett Diaz, the founder of an outdoor apparel company called Hook 360.
"When we met Kaya we were like, 'Wow, this girl really loves fishing,' " Diaz said.
Brett wanted conservation to be the company's mission — even using recycled crayons to create the wax seal on the packages.
"We ship all of our orders in recycled paper. We use no plastic in any of our packaging," Diaz said.
When Kaya learned how plastic poisons our waterways and landfills, saving the planet became her passion. She invited her friends to a beach cleanup.
"I tell my friends, pick this pick up, but they're not listening to me," Kaya said.
She also encourages them to use stainless steel straws over plastic.
Diaz said, "If every child in an average classroom switched to a stainless steel straw, they would take about 17,000 plastic straws out of circulation every year."
Kaya also teaches kids about "upcycling."
That includes repurposing items that usually end up in the trash, such as using aluminum cans to make an herb garden.
"I learned from Kaya that it's good to clean up," Lyla Bohan said.
As a Hook 360 ambassador, Kaya continues to inspire kids to lower their carbon footprint.
"You always say no to plastic," Kaya said.
She is proving you're never too young to make a difference.
More than 100,000 marine animals die every year, getting entangled in or ingesting plastic.
Kaya is planning another beach cleanup soon. Brett's company donates a dollar of every item sold to coral restoration.
For more recycling and upcycling tips, go to www.hook-360.com. To check out Kaya's Instagram page, go to www.instagram.com/fishing_princess_kaya.