Plastic Picking Totals!!! – Dr. Plastic Picker

Plastic Picking Totals!!!

Some of my more memorable bags of trash!

Come to this page to see my running total of TOTAL BAGS of ocean plastic pollution diverted, and TOTAL SALVAGED ITEMS! Imagine, these might have floated away to join the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or landed in the stomach of your favorite marine animal.

From August 30, 2019 to August 31, 2021.

534 Bags of Ocean Bound Plastic Diverted

1665 Items Salvaged

*Top 10 Ojbects Total Fate
Aluminum Cans 841 Recycled
Plastic Bottles 315 Recycled
Sand Toys 221 Gifted
Flip Flops 27 Gifted
Clothing Items 140 Donated
Toys 34 Gifted
Glass Containers 76 Recycled
Hats 13 Donated
Tennis Balls 36 Gifted
Swim goggles 7 Gifted
Office supply Item 60 Reused

Last updated August 31, 2021!

*Table last updated August 31, 2021 (will update at the end of each month).

You can also see my monthly totals September 2019, October 2019, November 2019 December 2019 January 2020, February 2020 , March 2020, April 2020, May 2020, June 2020, July 2020, Aug 2020, Sept 2020, October 2020, November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 , March 2021, April 2021, May 2021, June-July 2021, August 2021

If you are interested, you can see my accounting for my Secondary Environmental Net Positives September 2019, October 2019, Novmeber 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, March 2020, April 2020, May 2020, June 2020, July 2020, August 2020, September 2020, Oct-Dec 2020, Jan-March 2021, April-July 2021

About Me!

I am a 40-something general pediatrician, married, and mother of 2 great kids. I found myself immersed in the modern dilemma of too much work, not enough time, constant inputs from emails/social media/work patient messaging, not enough sleep, slow middle age weight creep, and back pain. I joined weight watchers, tried Keto, and contemplated joining one of the various fitness programs when I realized something was broken. Then inspired by the young climate activists, I realized that joining a gym or a weight loss program was a waste of time.

Why not use my human energy to help the earth? Why not donate the money I would spend on gyms/weight loss programs to environmental causes This is my journey to help reduce plastic use and clean up ocean plastic, one walk at a time. Picking up ocean plastic, looking for the large and small pieces amongst the waves and kelp in the quiet of the Southern Californian mornings, has inadvertently healed me. I learned to reprogram my brain to slow down and notice each small piece of plastic. Walking along the shore in the sand and thinking my own thoughts and thinking about the world has helped me help myself. I feel better, and I think I am helping the earth and the community. This is my journey, and I hope you will join me.

You can follow drplasticpicker on instagram @drplasticpicker or contact me via old fashioned email at Just like my internet hero lenpenzo, it’s just me @drplasticpicker and not an army of internet bots so I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can. If you are a patient, this blog is for entertainment purposes and environmental advocacy only – so please go through normal procedures to contact me at the office.

Dr. Plastic Picker in real life also advocates for the environment as part of the American Academy of Pediatric Climate Change and Health Local Chapter Committee Chair. I am also a Girl Scout Troop Leader. And lead our organization in pediatric quality measures, pediatric anti-vaping and anti-tobacco measures, and pediatric asthma care. Surprisingly I have found that all of these loop back to environmental health.

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