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Posted On: 26th Oct 2008

Plastic Plymouth Fix on ITV

Fixer Orla-McKeown Carter
Design for the sculpture
Artist Maggi Squire

Orla Mckeon-Carter from Plymouth feels discarded plastic bags ruin the scenery of her hometown and has started a campaign to stop people from littering.


Her story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (W) in October 2008.


With the help of her team, the 16-year-old wants more to be done to protect local beaches and the surrounding environment.


‘Fifty years ago, if you walked through Dartmoor, it would have been just beautiful scenery.


'Now it is normal to see a plastic bag stuck in a hedge or something,’ says Orla.


‘It’s not a nice sight to see a lovely landscape with plastic bags dotted around.’ 


Appearing in the broadcast piece is Kevin Mott, a local Cleansing Officer from Plymouth Council, who explains the damage plastic waste can cause the environment.


‘Two thirds of what we pick up is plastic, quite simply because it doesn’t degrade,’ he says.


‘It’s bad news for any marine animal swallowing plastic waste because it can block their digestive system, and effectively starve them to death.’


In the ITV piece, the Fixers enlist the help of local artist Maggi Squire to help create a bird sculpture from the carrier bags they find around the beach - encouraging people to think about how much rubbish they discard.


‘I tried to think of a way that we could use masses and masses of plastic bags,’ explains Maggi.


‘If it’s slightly quirky, people are more likely to come over and have a look.’


Put together at the Drake Circus Shopping Centre, the completed sculpture is now part of an art exhibition at the London Wetland Centre.


Orla adds: ‘With the support that I have received from Fixers, I hope the public will understand more about this campaign and help me make Plymouth plastic bag free.’


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Find out how Orla's campaign turned out by watching her TV story
one year after starting her Fix.

Author: Cara Laithwaite


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