Norfolk Paddle Boards is delighted to announce that its founder Lee, has become a Community Guardian for Plant Patrol. Planet Patrol was set up in 2016 and they have already made great strides to remove litter from over 80 countries around the world. Planet 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 the help of others we can support their mission to stop pollution at the source. 

As a community guardian, Lee will be championing Norfolk residents and its visitors to help reduce the amount of litter on our streets and single use materials used within our daily lives. Lee is delighted to be working with Planet Patrol and has already carried out several solo littler picks in 2021 and would now like to encourage you to do the same. 

A message from Lee;

The government message is very much ‘STAY AT HOME’ and we support this and encourage this as much as possible, however, when you are out taking your daily walk or out in your front gardens or street, just take a look at what litter may be about. I, regrettably, had become unaware of just how bad the litter problem is in Norfolk. Partly due to me not actually ‘looking’. Yes, I can be one of those people looking at my phone rather than where i’m walking. I am getting alot better though.  I also believe I had become used to seeing it. Litter had become part of my cities landscape and it now blended into what i saw was ‘the norm’

Not acceptable, I know, however, I put the question to you; How much litter is there on your walk, if any, and were you surprised?

Having some OCD tendencies I now see litter all the time and want to pick all of it up. In truth, there isn’t enough time in the day for me to constantly be litter picking, so i’ve set myself the challenge to complete one a week. Achievable and it will make a difference. 

Making a difference is something that you may not think can be achieved by a single person, or single little pick, however, just like the virus….. numbers increase rapidly- in turn making a difference. 

Some Stats for you;

  • 16 million tonnes of plastic is predicted to enter our oceans in 2030, double the current rate. This does not include inland pollution or that by other materials like metals and glass.
  • It’s estimated that 5 trillion pieces of plastic are already in the ocean.
  • It’s estimated that plastic pollution is responsible for the deaths of over one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles every year.
  • 83% of tap water is contaminated with plastic fibres.
  • 95% of plastic packaging material value is lost to the global economy after a single first use, equivalent to £63 – 117 billion per year.

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. Litter isn’t always on the floor due to people dropping it. Mother nature and her winds can cause bins to blow open and rubbish to spread. Don’t get me wrong, people still litter unfortunately. More than two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day. The cost to the taxpayers for street cleaning is over £1 billion a year.

 

We have Litter pickers, gloves and bag hoops available for FREE to hire for a month! All i’m asking is that you become aware of what’s around you and help with picking up the litter, taking a picture and recording it via the Planet Patrol app so they can use that data in conversations with government and large producers of the litter pollution we collect, in the hope that solutions can be put in place to help reduce in years to come.

Get in touch today if you want to and can help! 

Happy Wednesday 

Lee