Zoe Bentley

Zoe Bentley Outreach Officer

Outreach Officer

My journey with the Final Straw Foundation began in 2018 when I began to regularly help as a volunteer. I had recently returned to full-time higher education after taking time out to raise my son. I have always had a passion for the natural world, and became acutely aware of how the current environmental crisis would impact our children’s future. Volunteering with the charity at this time gave me a voice to be able to reach out to the community on how collectively we can all make positive steps in preserving our fragile world. It has been a privilege to be part of the team and watch the campaign gain momentum, growing to become a leading voice in tackling plastic pollution on the south coast.

Originally from a biomedical science background, I have since become interested in earth sciences and am now a keen geographer. I completed a BSc (Hons) in Geography at Portsmouth University in 2020, where my dissertation focused on the causes and effects of microplastics in the marine environment around the Solent. I am now studying towards an MSc in Marine and Coastal Resource Management at Portsmouth University, with a view to carrying on researching marine pollution. As well as the marine environment, I am also interested in terrestrial ecology and habitat restoration and spent the summer of 2021 training in ecological consultancy work. I now work for the Final Straw Foundation as an outreach officer, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to help equip and inspire the next generation to make a stand against plastic pollution.