On August 11th, SEA Change partnered with the regional waste authority, Waste Check, to host our first ocean cleanup event in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
For every item purchased, SEA Change commits to removing three pounds of trash from ocean and waterway environments. With a cleanup goal of 609 pounds, 15 volunteers removed an impressive 892 pounds of trash from Churn Beach in Yarmouth County.
The trash collected included large amounts of fishing nets and ropes, plastic debris, buoys, lobster traps, and even an old futon mattress.
“SEA Change is all about building a community around the values of ocean environmentalism and conservation. The cleanup was a wonderful opportunity to connect with folks who are passionate about oceans and understand the importance of healthy oceans.
From my perspective, the cleanup marked the moment when SEA Change became a true social enterprise. It’s the moment we moved from an idea to taking real action that made a difference.”
Additional smaller cleanups will occur throughout the remainder of the summer, as well as in the fall on the west coast.
For information about past and future cleanup initiatives, please visit www.seachangeclothing.com/pages/cleanup.