Plastic Picking Totals!!! – Dr. Plastic Picker

Plastic Picking Totals!!!

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.

You can also see my monthly totals September 2019, October 2019, November 2019 December 2019 January 2020

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

From August 30, 2019 to February 18, 2020.

153 Bags of Ocean Bound Plastic Diverted

590 Items Salvaged

*Top 10 Ojbects Total Fate
Aluminum Cans 200 Recycled
Plastic Bottles 96 Recycled
Sand Toys 109 Gifted
Flip Flops 20 Gifted
Clothing Items 39 Donated
Toys 16 Gifted
Glass Containers 22 Recycled
Hats 8 Donated
Tennis Balls 18 Gifted
Swim goggles 6 Gifted
Office supply Item 8 Reused

Last updated February 18, 2020 at 7 PM!

*Table last updated February 1, 2020 (will update at the end of each month).

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 including Boyan Slat of the Ocean Clean Up who are trying to combat climate change, 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 or twitter @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.