Plastic Patrol was set up in 2016 and we have already made great strides to remove plastic waste from over 60 countries around the world. We combine community action with disruptive technology to gather important data for scientific research into waste that escapes into nature. With your help we can continue our mission to stop pollution at the source.
Plastic pollution is an environmental catastrophe affecting life in all forms, including ourselves, across the world. By 2050, the weight of plastic in the ocean could be two times the weight of all the fish that live there. We are responsible. Plastic is entirely man-made and so every piece of plastic you see littering the planet is a direct result of our actions.
We want a future where our environment is not threatened by single use materials. A future where people and nature thrive. A future for adventure and life free of pollution.
Plastic Patrol combines community action, technology and science to clean-up, understand and solve the problem. We work in three key areas:
• Citizen science using the Plastic Patrol app to collect data on pollution
• Developing partnerships with businesses, organisations and individuals to raise awareness and help implement sustainable practices
We plan clean-ups all over the world to bring communities together, for people who want to do their bit and have a little adventure at the same time. The clean-ups can be inland or on our waterways. Every clean-up, where waste is seen, photographed and shared and then cleared away, helps our environment.
In 2016 Lizzie Carr, aka Lizzie Outside, launched Plastic Patrol after seeing how flooded our waterways are with plastic pollution. She is a natural born adventurer and has dedicated herself to exploring the UK by paddle board, using her journey to highlight and educate on wider environmental issues affecting our land and waterways.
Lizzie has completed some amazing expeditions. In May 2016 she became the first person in history to paddle board the length of England’s waterways, solo and unsupported. She finished the 400-mile journey in 22 days, plotting over 2000 photos of plastic pollution she encountered and earning international recognition from both the media and general public for her efforts.
In April 2018 Lizzie paddled the length of the Hudson River in America to highlight the plastic pollution issue globally.
#PlasticPatrol began on a paddle board but has grown to be a global movement of like-minded people working together on land and water to protect the environment we love.