I launched the #PaddleCleanup campaign after taking part in an expedition to paddle the with of England in 2017. I instantly understood how paddlers have a unique access to the waterways and remote beaches and wanted to empower paddlers to lead the way on and off the water.
Nature, water, friends, fun and helping the planet – whats not to like about doing a Paddle Cleanup!?
The best way to get into beautiful parts of our waterways and make a huge impact by cleaning it up while you there.
Anyone can join in! I am a new paddler, its a perfect activity for nature connection, contemplation, meditation, fun, laughs and getting up close and personal with the bodies of water that feed our oceans and in turn the air we breathe.
How can you get involved?
Download the new Paddle Cleanup toolkit which will enable you to go to your local club and arrange one with them. Link above.
Alternatively, join one of the Evoke Adventure annual #PaddleCleanup expeditions run by the super inspiring Erin Bastian more details below.
Evoke Adventure Paddle for the Planet Expedition May 2020
I work with Erin Bastian to deliver ground breaking #PaddleCleanup expeditions. While I totally encourage any paddler to get out there and clean up, these expeditions take it to another level. I have met so many inspiring people and learnt so much about myself, the environment, paddling and our impact on the natural world on these trips. Head over to Erin’s business pages ‘Evoke Adventure’ to see testimonials from past trips. See the link below.
Do you have a passion for the ocean and helping the environment; have been in a kayak once or more, and loved it; have basic level of fitness and love being outdoors and camping? Then this is the trip for you!
A unique opportunity to paddle with Erin Bastian, a top kayak guide, coach and explorer who is passionate about evoking the adventure spirit in everyone and creating extraordinary expeditions. Alongside Clare Talks Rubbish founder herself who brings her expertise in sustainability, behaviour change and waste sollutions.
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Paddle Cleanup Scottish Summer Isles 2019
In May 2019 we took to the open ocean and put our sea kayaks into the waters they are truly designed for. We cleaned up remote beaches in the Summer Isles in Northern Scotland. Over one week we cleaned 8 beaches with the help of Kayak Summer Isles who are also responsible for some of the epic photos of that trip. We collected almost 5 tonnes of waste on those 8 beaches and 80 % of that was waste from industrial fishing industry.
5 things I learnt about the Summer Isles / 7 Ways we can help protect our last British Wilderness / Why bother with a Paddle Cleanup?
Featured in: Daily Express / Daily Mirror / BBC Scotland / BBC Sussex / Highland Times / Paddler Magazine
Paddle Pickup Length of Wales 2018
In 2018, Erin Bastian led us on another epic journey, this time we paddled the length of Wales (despite never actually touching Wales). We set off from Ellesmere Port and finished in Sharpness. This time we worked with the Canal and River Trust and we again found epic amounts of waste reflecting our supermarket shelves and daily lives.
How do you know your rubbish isnt polluting the ocean? / Top tips for repurposing your Paddle Cleanup rubbish / Equipment needed to Paddle Cleanup / How to turn river rubbish into sustainable catwalk fashion / Top five take aways from paddling the length of Wales
Featured in: BBC North West / BBC Radio Gloucestershire / The Argus / The Daily Mail / Canal and River Trust
Paddle Pickup width of England 2017
This was a world first female only expedition to paddle 300km from Coast to Coast the whole width of England. The original idea came from Erin Bastian and Bex Band and the kayak expertise provided by Erin’s company Evoke Adventure.
It didnt take long for me to realise there wasnt a plan for the waste we collected and so I took over the conservation element and the rest is history so to speak!
So where is the rubbish now? / My 10 takeaways from Paddle Pickup Coast to Coast / Who are the amazing women who took part and what have they done since?
Featured in: Observer Magazine / Evening Standard / The Argus / Twickenham and Richmond Times / British Canoeing
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Join the Paddle Cleanup / Paddle For Plastic Facebook Group to share and find tips and advice. What did you find? Share your photos. What did you do with the waste? What did you learn? Find out how to win a marine recycled kayak.
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The only thing that separates you from someone who is doing what you want to do is time! Start spending time doing the things that you want to do and eventually you will be that person too! Sounds too easy right? It IS that easy though.
It is time that manufacturers started to design products with the end in mind. If brands like Lush and Patagonia can make huge profits with sustainable values there is no reason why others can’t follow.
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Walking into the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London with bags of river rubbish was an experience I can’t say I ever thought I would have in life!