As a junior environmental scientist, I am gaining technical and practical experience in soil and water contamination. I am passionate about being able to clean up contaminated sites and I want to do that professionally. My undergraduate education background is in biology and earth science and I have had the pleasure of conducting research regarding the declining sea ice level in the Arctic Ocean. Specifically, learning that microbes can clean up contaminated soils is what led me to pursue a postgraduate degree in environmental science. It is alarming to know that our plastic waste is not degraded or reused appropriately and ends up in major water bodies. I want to continue to raise awareness about single-use plastics and look for alternatives that are healthier for marine life and for our home planet.