Ruxton is both a film producer and a co-founder of the environmental organization based in the UK known as the Plastic Ocean Foundation. She joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1997 after working for the World Wildlife Fund in Asia for seven years, and was part of the celebrated “The Blue Planet” team.
After leaving the BBC, Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre 1,500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, which discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained. She then began fundraising to film a documentary focused on the problem of plastic.
“A Plastic Ocean” is scheduled for international release in September 2016, and Ruxton hopes to take its message forward through education and conservation programs. She gives presentations around the world to students of all ages, and to businesses and corporations to raise awareness of this issue.