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This Girl’s Thing Is Picking Up Plastic–She’s Not Your Typical 10-Year-Old

Lilly Platt moved to Holland where her grandfather began teaching her to speak Dutch. To help her learn numbers, they collected pieces of plastic trash and counted them.

She no longer needs the practice but she’s still picking up plastic. She calls her effort “Lilly’s Plastic Pickup”

She hopes her efforts not only help to reduce plastic in the oceans directly but also to inspire other people to refuse single-use plastic and to pick up plastic waste for recycling.

You’re going to love Lilly. Be sure to watch the video at the top of this article.

Lilly Platt with her plastic.

Interview with Lilly Platt, the Founder of Lillys Plastic Pickup.

The following is the pre-interview with Lilly Platt. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: Our goal will be to make Lilly Plastic Pickup  a nonprofit

Revenue model: Lilly is 10 and we hope as she gets older we will make Lillys Plastic Pickup a nonprofit organisation.

Scale: Lilly work is all done because its the right thing to do. She has pickups with various groups and individual, regularly skypes with schools in different parts of the world and makes podcasts. She also travels to different places to take part in cleanups.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Litter/trash is everywhere and Lilly helps to clean up. Everywhere she goes she picks up plastic. On the weekends Lilly does a big pickup it’s then sorted and recycled properly. Grandpa taught Lilly that anything thrown on the ground will somehow make its way into the waterways and then the sea. As all plastic isn’t biodegradable the effects of plastic on wildlife and marine life are devastating. This is one of her motivating factors to pick up plastic.

Expert Tips:

Tip 1: As youth ambassador of the plastic pollution coalition my first tip is you should always try and refuse single-use plastic like straws, plastic bags, disposable coffee cups, plastic water bottles

Tip 2: As part of my initiative Lillys Plastic Pickup I have made a 1,2,3 to help you remember what to do when you see trash on the streets. 1. Spot it 2. Pick it up 3. Put it in the bin!! See its simple

Tip 3: My grandpa is just the greatest ever and he told me in everything ALWAYS be Kind!

More about Lillys Plastic Pickup:


Lillys Plastic Pickup is an initiative founded by Lilly Platt. Lilly is 10 years old and an international environmental champion. Lilly picks up plastic in order to keep it out of the waterways and the ocean and inspires others to do the same and with the hope that removing it from the environment, wildlife will be protected.  She is Youth Ambassador for the Plastic Pollution Coalition, water charity HOW Global and world ambassador for children for World Clean up Day. Lilly lives in Holland.

Lilly Platt. Photo Credit: Eleanor Platt

Lilly Platt’s bio:

Twitter: @lillyspickup

Instagram: @lillys_plastic_pickup

Lillys Plastic Pickup is an initiative founded by Lilly Platt. Lilly is 10 years old and an international environmental champion. Her anti-plastic initiative has caught the eyes of local, national and international media. It has also resulted in Lilly being named Youth Ambassador for the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Child Ambassador for water charity HOW Global and just recently World Ambassador for children for World Cleanup Day. Her continued cleanup efforts have inspired many and Lilly has followers all over the world, notable followers are Barbara Hershey, James Cromwell, former president of the Seychelles James Michel and Prime minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggernath. Lilly has been invited to meet Dr Jane Goodall on several occasions. Lilly was invited to take part in the Plastic Whale Conference in Norway with Sky Ocean Rescue and she befriends Afroz Shah. Many media agencies have made videos about Lilly and her work. Lilly most recent activity is going on school strike on Fridays for Climate change #FridaysForFuture movement and she stands alongside Greta Thunberg in Stockholm who she has also befriended. Lil4is named in the tops 100 influencers tackling plastic pollution at no.28. In her role as Youth Ambassador for the Plastic Pollution Coalition Lilly tries to encourage people to refuse single-use plastic- she put together a reusable bamboo straw and spork set that people can take with them and use instead of single-use straws and cutlery.
Lilly lives in Holland.

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