The “PAWS ON PLASTIC’ campaign turned five on Monday, November 20, 2023 and local commercial and PR photographer Iska Birnie was there to capture the moment.

To mark the day, PAWS ON PLASTIC asked dog owners to not only pick up a couple of pieces of LITTER while walking their dogs, but to also post a beautiful photo on their social media using ♯happybirthdaypawsonplastic and invite others to join them in signing up on our charity’s website and following Paws on Plastic across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

With 12 million dogs in the UK, the potential is HUGE! Imagine the impact if we all took a couple of minutes to pick up litter when we are out walking anyway.

PAWS ON PLASTIC’s celebrations also took place locally in Stonehaven, the home of Paws on Plastic, by the stunning Dunnottar Castle with some local members, their dogs, and photographer Iska Birnie.

Heather McLaughlin, Campaigns Coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "Everyone at Keep Scotland Beautiful sends a huge congratulations to Marion and all those who support Paws On Plastic as they celebrate their fifth birthday and we have been inspired to see how the initiative has grown since we first worked together. It truly shows how big an impact little every day actions taken by people across the world can have as they pick litter while walking their four-legged friends.’’

About the Charity:

Founded in Stonehaven, NE Scotland, in November 2018 by Primary School Teacher, Marion Montgomery, while on long term sick leave from teaching, PAWS on PLASTIC, became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCO51306) in September 2021. The charity encourages dog owners to pick up a few pieces of litter on walks to protect animals, communities and our precious environment and it also educates on the consequences of littering, giving talks to schools, community groups and other organisations plus attending dog shows and community events in order to spread the message further.

For more info contact Marion (Founder/Chair, Paws on Plastic SCO51306)

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