Each fall, just as the leaves begin to change, volunteers in our hometown of Massachusetts come together to participate in COASTSWEEP – a statewide beach cleanup that takes place from September through November.
This season our team took the opportunity to get out of the office and spend a day cleaning up Crane Beach. Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Crane Beach consists of a four-mile conservation made up of sand, dunes, and pitch pines. Not only was it a unique opportunity to take part in a meaningful initiative, but it was also a great chance to enjoy the ocean with team members and coworkers.
Scroll below to see a few photos from the day:
Crane Beach is a more than 1,200 acre beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Our team set out to clean up the beach once the summer season ended.
On the surface, the beach cleanup seemed futile. The shore looked very clean. But as we walked along the beach we found rubbish and trash scattered everywhere. While walking the beach we stumbled across plastic bottles, pieces of styrofoam, soda cans, empty tubes of sunscreen, and other common items that were left behind after beach season came to a close.
Many of the items we found during our beach cleanup were dirty and gross, but there was one highlight. We came across a bright blue buoy washed up on the shore. The rope had frayed and broken loose and the body of the buoy was banged up, so we collected it for recycling, but we were all filled with curiosity as we wondered where it might have come from.
The beach cleanup was also the perfect opportunity for the ladies on the team to rock their Saltwater boots by salt water. You can shop them here.
A Q+A with professional stand-up paddle boarder Slater Trout, who is best known for his skill on the water as a fierce competitor.
Through a shared passion for all things related to the ocean, we’ve partnered with the ocean conservancy and marine research crew at Pangaea Exploration to explore the sea in search of ways that we can preserve and protect our beautiful blue waves.