Together for the oceans

Plastic Patrol

Plastic Patrol is a global movement to clean up the planet, combining community action and innovative mobile technology to gather evidence against the source of plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is an environmental catastrophe affecting life in all forms. Plastic has been found in every ocean, from the coastline to the deepest trenches, in waterways and mountains, in the food we eat and even the air we breathe. By 2050, the weight of plastic in the ocean could be two times the weight of fish. We can do something about this.

The Plastic Patrol app (in the App Store or the Play Store) is a real world tool to gather important insight into the composition and distribution of plastic pollution. The free app can be used by anyone, anywhere, at any time. You simply take a photograph of litter and upload it the app’s map, inputting the number of pieces, types of litter and identifiable brands.

Plastic Patrol’s team of scientists review and analyse data you collect to better understand the hotspots where plastic is at its most harmful. With this kind of data, we can better mobilise clean ups, but more importantly, create vital evidence to help everyone, from you the individual to the large manufacturers to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

In just two years over 140,000 examples of plastic have been logged in the Plastic Patrol app in over 45 countries. Their goal for 2019 is to pick up and log one million pieces in the Plastic Patrol app, each piece representing one of the million animals that die every year at the hands of plastic pollution. Everyone can help - all it takes is for you to download the app, take a photograph of litter you find in nature and log it in the app.

Together we can end plastic pollution. Download the Plastic Patrol app, get outside, get adventurous and help clean up the planet.

To find out more about Plastic Patrol and get involved in their free wellbeing clean ups, visit



because it is important

OceanCare has been committed to marine wildlife protection since 1989. We have witnessed dramatic developments – and have enforced concrete improvements.

Through research and conservation projects, campaigns, environmental education, and involvement in a range of important international committees, OceanCare undertakes concrete steps to improve the situation for wildlife in the world’s oceans. In 2011, OceanCare was granted Special Consultative Status on marine issues with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.