Because one person can make a difference


Plastic pollution in our oceans is a BIG problem. Although clearing our oceans and changing policy and law will take time, there is something we can do, right now, to make a positive difference – stop using so much plastic!

Plastic is a useful and robust material that does have a place in our world, but not as a single use material. Single use plastic is usually only used for a few minutes before it is thrown away.

Check out our pledge below and see if you can commit to making 5 small changes to do your bit for the world. And before you say that it won’t make a difference, believe us when we say it will. Every change in the world has stemmed from individuals.

A plastic water bottle takes an average of 450 years to degrade


160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second!

50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away

Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form

What can we do about it?

The Paddle Pickup team have made a pledge to make 5 simple changes that can make a huge difference to our plastic footprint. And it feels good. Every single use plastic we cut out is one less piece of rubbish that we are pumping into our world and our children’s future.

1. No straw, please

Hundreds of millions of straws a used a DAY. Next time you ask for a drink, say “no straw, please”. At home you don’t use a straw, right?

2. Never use a bag just once

5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. A horrible waste made worse by the fact that marine life often mistake them in the oceans for food. It’s simple – take a reusable bag with you every time you head to the shops.

3. Refill your bottle

Another contributor to plastic waste that clocks up into the hundreds of millions a day is plastic bottles. Tap water is available everywhere and most cafes and establishments are happy to refill your bottle – give it a go and find out for yourself.

4. Rethink your bathroom

There are lots of positive changes you can make with your toiletries. Swap your toothbrush for a plastic-friendly bamboo one, ditch disposable razors and check out the ingredients in your face wash – most contain thousands of plastics beads per bottle.

5. Tell someone what you know

If you passed on what you know about plastic and convince someone else to take the same pledge, you will double your positive impact on the planet. Just like that!