Kids Doing Rad Stuff: Ella Turns

What is your name?

Ella Turns.

How old are you?


Where are you from?


What is your favourite subject at school?


If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Swim really deep in the ocean like a mermaid and see turtles and help animals if they get in trouble.

What do you like to do?

Play with my Granny’s dog Daisy and have some fun on the beach and make sandcastles and go paddleboarding.

What’s your favourite thing to do with your family?

Picnic on our favourite beach and a trip on our little wooden boat around Salcombe estuary.

What is the best thing that you have done so far in the last year?

Being interviewed by the BBC TV crew about my plastic clever project.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

The Queen.

When did you and your mum start the Salcombe Plastic Clever campaign?

September 2017.

What made you want to start it?

We saw people throwing water balloons into Salcombe harbour and we wanted to inspire people to stop marine litter so we joined up with Kids Against Plastic.

When did you first learn about plastic pollution?

When my mummy started talking about it – we’d always be picking up rubbish every time we visit the beach and sometimes go on organised beach cleans too.

Do you ever do beach clean ups?

Yes a lot, to pick up plastic and other things so we can keep our beaches clean. And the local cafes sometimes give all the beach clean helpers a free hot chocolate.

How many organisations have become Plastic Clever so far?

In and around Salcombe we have 13 businesses signed up but that is growing all the time.

What do you do to tell other people about the problem?

Wildlife in the sea want to eat their normal food- turtles can eat plastic bags because they look like jellyfish and that’s not fair. So it is our responsibility to help the animals.

How did you feel to receive a letter from Sir David Attenborough?

Happy because it arrived so quickly and it was very exciting – he is a really special man and I really like watching him on Blue Planet II.

If you could change anything in the world, what would you change?

Stop plastic going in the water so we could have a clean sea.