Zara and Ashton are siblings, who have been passionate about the ocean and marine life from an early age. In 2020 they attended their first Ocean Heroes Virtual Bootcamp, and then again last summer. They have been gradually evolving their campaign to raise awareness about 'hidden plastic' that not only hides everywhere in our environment, but breaks down into smaller & smaller pieces known as microplastics. (even tinier ones are called nanoplastics!) Since they started making videos and developing the Hidden Plastic website two years ago, more information is coming out each week about the dangers of these non-biodegradable materials, which have been found throughout our seas and even in human blood. Everywhere!
Zara recently turned 13 years, and reached a milestone she's been waiting to achieve for over three years...to become a Junior PADI Open Water diver! She is very artistic (see Artivism below) and loves designing creations with natural fibers and sustainable materials. Zara produces new knitted creatures and crystal jewellery every week! Eco-wrap.org was started by her in 2019 to solve the problem of disposable (and often plastic-coated) gift wrap, and the full product line can be seen below.
Ashton is a technically-competent 11 year old, who does the lion's share of the video editing, website work and composes the music for Hidden Plastic videos. He has a tortoise named Sammy and a Porg named Walter that appear regularly in videos. Besides making creative music with Garageband and his Pioneer DJ mixer, Ashton hosts the DIY "Den of Awesomeness" YouTube channel about inventions he designs. He started "Crypto Kids" YouTube channel in 2021 to inform people about the future of finance...and also make them laugh!