Plastic Patrol was set up in 2016 and we have already made great strides to remove litter from over 80 countries around the world. Plastic Patrol exists to protect our planet and wildlife by addressing the pressing threats of litter and the single-use culture. We are a community-focused, solution-orientated, non-profit organisation: a movement of people working for a cleaner future. With your help we can continue our mission to stop pollution at the source.
We are responsible. Plastics and other single-use materials are entirely man-made – every piece you see littering our planet is a direct result of our own actions.
We’re working to eliminate single use materials and litter, protecting our planet and wildlife for the future.
We believe that by working together (that means you!) and collecting evidence on litter found polluting the environment we can make Governments change policies and hold brands to account to stop them producing single use items.
How we work to achieve change:
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’s a 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.
In May 2016 she became the first person in history to paddle board the entire length of Britain’s waterways, solo and unsupported. In 2017 she was the first woman to paddleboard solo across the English channel. In 2018 she was the first person the paddle board the entire length of the Hudson River in America. Each of these world firsts has a purpose: to use adventure as a way to raise awareness and highlight environmental issues globally
These achievements have earned Lizzie international recognition from both media and the general public. Lizzie has written for publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian and the United Nations and appeared BBC Politics Live, The One Show, CNN and other global networks as a recognised and trusted voice on environmental issues.
In 2020 Lizzie was awarded the Prime Minister’s Point of Light and was awarded ‘Inspiration of the Year’ Award at the Stylist Magazine awards. She is also a LinkedIn Changemaker.
In August 2020, Lizzie is launching her much anticipated podcast, ‘Earthshakers’, that delves into the minds of people shaking up the planet.
#PlasticPatrol began as a one woman mission on a paddle board and has grown into a global movement of like-minded people working together on land and water to protect the planet.
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