FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Did you know it takes 500 years for an average-sized plastic water bottle to fully decompose? One young girl who loves to fish is making it her mission to help save the planet sharing her recycling tips with other kids.

At just 7 years old, Kaya Mystic Walker is a fishing fanatic.

"I fish every single week," Walker 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. Walker invited her friends to a beach cleanup.

“I tell my friends, pick up this pick up that but they’re not listening to me,” Walker told Ivanhoe.

She also encourages them to use stainless steel straws over plastic.

“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,” Diaz said.

Walker also teaches kids about upcycling — repurposing items that usually end up in the trash, like 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, Walker continues to inspire kids to lower their carbon footprint.

“You always say no to plastic,” she says.

Walker proves you’re never too young to make a difference.

Over 100,000 marine animals die every year getting entangled in or ingesting plastic, so Walker 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 or check out Walker's Instagram page.

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