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Sea Bags and 4ocean Int'l Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup Day happens each year on the third Saturday in September. It is one of the world's largest annual ocean and beach preservation events. This year the Sea Bags crew took to the coast of Maine to clean up our local waterways.

4ocean beach cleanup bag on beach in maine

On September 19th, Sea Bags teamed up with 4ocean to participate in International Coastal Cleanup day. Millions of people across the globe head out to clean up their local waterways and promote awareness about plastic pollution. Our crew headed to 13 different beaches with their 4oceans clean up kits to collect trash off the coast of Maine. We asked a few of them to share their experiences

"We are both brands on a mission, and we are proud to partner with 4ocean this year because it gives us another way to remove waste from the ocean while adhering to our brand pillars centered on sustainability and being an active member of the waterfront community," said Beth Shissler, President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Sea Bags. "We look forward to influencing positive change together with 4ocean for years to come."

Locations

Casino Beach (Cape Elizabeth, ME)
Head Beach (Phippsburg, ME)
Jonesport (Jonesport, ME)
Higgins Beach (Scarborough, ME)
Popham Beach (Phippsburg, ME)
Scarborough Beach (Scarborough, ME)
Ferry Beach (Saco, ME)
Island Beach (Casco Bay Islands, ME)
Pine Point (Scarborough, ME)
Kennebunk Beach (Kennebunk, ME)
Cliff Island (Casco Bay, ME)
Willard Beach (South Portland, ME)
East End Beach (Portland, ME)

"It felt really good do something positive for the environment. I love being at Popham, at any beach, and it felt like I was returning the love by cleaning it up after the busy summer it had. I'm grateful to have had the extra hands because in addition to litter, we found a large, heavy tangle of lobster trap and rope that had washed up on the shore. Overall a great afternoon - we got in a sunny walk on the beach, cleaned it up, and spent time together."

- Liana, Merchandiser & Inventory Buyer

sea bags team beach cleanup at popham beach

4ocean beach cleanup on beach in maine

"I'm amazed at how clean the beach can look at first glance, but once you search for trash, it's buried under seagrass, seaweed and sand. Just because it's buried doesn't mean it's not harmful. After just one hour of work, we hauled two cartloads of trash. We were glad to have contributed to making Maine even more beautiful."

- Laura Hnatow, VP of Marketing and Ecommerce

"My wife and I spend a lot of time in Jonesport, Maine, a true Downeast Maine fishing community, so it was a pleasure to give back by participating in the coastal cleanup day on the shores of Moosabec Reach. The "Reach" is home to numerous lobster and fishing boats, so our day of clean-up brought interesting (and heavy) finds. A large truck tire likely used as a bumper or bow guard that came free during a storm. Rope, rope, and more rope from the wayward lobster traps cut free from their buoys, and a 55-gallon drum that once carried the weight of a floating dock were our largest finds. The smell of the ocean, the sunshine on our face, and the gratitude of beautiful coastal Maine made it a day to enjoy. Life in Maine? we are indeed blessed."

- Paul Gori, Vice President of Retail Stores

sea bags employee with trash collected on waterfront

If you missed International Coastal Cleanup Day, you can still make a difference by purchasing a 4ocean bracelet. Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. Click here to shop 4oceans.