The Go Pladdle team

Let’s Go Pladdle!

GoPladdle is a community interest company based in Poole and is the brainchild of local environmentalists Jake and Rosie.

Let’s Go Pladdle!

GoPladdle is a community interest company based in Poole and is the brainchild of local environmentalists Jake and Rosie.

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We’ve always been interested in the environment and had often felt dismayed and almost powerless at what what we saw as the pollution of the oceans. Anyway, a couple of years ago we were peering over the cliffs at Old Harry Rocks and watching some rubbish floating about on the waves when a family of kayakers paddle past. We put two and two together, got our own kayaks, joined a kayak club and started cleaning the harbour.

Since we began in June last year we have held several organised beach cleans, along with our own regular cleaning excursions, and have collected well over a tonne of rubbish including thousands of plastic bottles from a small area of protected coastline.

Unfortunately, cleaning alone is not enough. We can spend days clearing an area, only to find it covered in litter again within a few months. All that rubbish, those left behind shoes and lost lilos from tourist-filled beaches inevitably wash up somewhere else or, worse still, become submerged and hidden. We need to find ways to stop the litter getting there, and encourage people to stop producing so much in the first place.

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  • Beach pollution
  • Yacht in Poole Harbour
  • Little Egret in Poole Harbour
  • Arne Peninsula in Poole Harbour
  • Ocean pollution
  • Seahorses in Poole Harbour
  • Browsea Castle in Poole Harbour
  • Samphire growing around Poole Harbour

Plastic has its place, when used in the right way it is an incredible material. However it lasts a really long time, it won’t ever really disappear, just degrade into smaller and smaller pieces, to be consumed or absorbed by smaller and smaller life forms and thus become embedded in our food chain. If there are microplastics in the water, there’s microplastics in the fish. If we then eat those fish, it’s in us too. In recent studies it was found that 100% of the world’s mussels now contain plastic. A frightening statistic, but no surprise when 10 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year.

In response to this, we signed up for the SAS plastic free initiative in a bid to get Poole recognised as a plastic free community. It doesn’t mean we need to eliminate plastic entirely, but we do need to use it more sparingly and dispose of it in a responsible way.

Thanks to everyone that has got involved with this project, whether that be cleaning the beaches, harbour and surrounding area, helping to organise things or providing equipment and services. We really couldn’t do any of this without you and it just goes to show what a little co-operation and a lot of determination can achieve

Jake & Rosie xx

Drastic Plastic

  • Plastic Pollution
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The public’s awareness of plastic pollution has been massively heightened over the last few years. Thanks in part to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series on BBC but mainly due to years of campaigning work by groups such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Ocean Conservancy, the depth of pollution in our seas is now, quite rightly, high on the agenda.

Appalling images of snared and suffocated aquatic animals and drowned sea birds have distressed us all. We now have indisputable scientific evidence that plastics have entered the food chain, creating alarming long term health problems for all life, including humans.

Many of us have wondered what we can do to halt the noticeable increase in plastic pollution in our oceans and almost as many have questioned whether anything would make a difference. As an individual any efforts you make to cut down on single-use plastics, avoid plastic packaging and recycle wherever possible may seem like a  drop in the ocean (if you excuse the pun). But together we can make a difference, not just in reducing the amount of waste we generate but also in cleaning up the plastics already in our oceans.

Plastic straws

Plastic Free Poole

Many local businesses, schools and organisations in the Poole area are looking at the single-use plastics they use and taking steps to reduce them. This could be something simple like switching to wooden cutlery, eliminating sauce sachets or changing their packaging materials. Every tiny change still makes a difference.

One straw might not make a huge impact, but 500,000 (around the population of Poole) most definitely would. We are inviting everyone to join the plastic free movement and remove or find an alternative for three items of plastic used in their premises. Businesses can contact us for further details and a plastic free business toolkit.

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Thanks for your Support

We couldn’t have achieved half of this without support from a number of local companies and organisations. A million thanks to all those below for helping us financially, with providing equipment and basically just backing us in this great cause. It just goes to show what can be achieved when we all work together.