Join the Rubbish Rebellion!
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.
I do this via day trips, expeditions with #PaddleCleanup co-founder Erin Bastian of Evoke Adventure and have worked with National Sea Scouts Leaders and British Canoeing to give them toolkits to carry out their own #PaddleCleanup.
See below for how you can get involved, tips for doing your own Paddle Cleanup and how you can join Erin and I on a Paddle Cleanup Expedition.
Toolkit: ‘How to Paddle Cleanup’ in collaboration with British Canoeing is launching soon.
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Scroll down for information about past expeditions.
Paddle Cleanup 2019
In May this year we took to the open ocean and put our sea kayaks into the waters they are truely 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 / What can you do with beach clean rubbish? / Why bother with a Paddle Cleanup?
Featured in: Daily Express / Daily Mirror / BBC Scotland / BBC Sussex / Highland Times / Paddler Magazine
Paddle Pickup 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 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
Are you a Rubbish Rebel?
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.