Keeping It Clean With Patagonia

Words by Wayward

At Wayward, we’re perpetually in pursuit of adventure and have a love for the wild places that pique our curiosity and beckon us to get outside and explore. While we’ll always feel called to those far flung destinations, our roots run deep in the coastal city (and our hometown) of Seattle. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not hard to see why we live and breathe everyday adventure, as daily life is shaped by the natural beauty of our environment, including nearby bodies of water like the Puget Sound.

An inlet of the Pacific Ocean, the Puget Sound is a complex estuarine system of interconnected marine waterways and basins that are looked after by the dedicated team at Puget Soundkeepers. They patrol the waterways, remove thousands of pounds of marine debris and out of the 170 legal cases they’ve taken on against Clean Water Act violators, they’ve never lost a case. Mic drop moment, anyone?

Protecting the places we play in is important to us, so we didn’t want to ask our community waterkeepers to do all the conservation work. To help us keep things clean, we joined forces with the folks at Patagonia who gave $2,500 through their grant program to further preserve the waters of the Puget Sound through stewardship and education.

As a pioneering and visionary outdoor brand, Patagonia is in business to save our home planet with an inspiring mission “to build the best products, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Since 1985 they have given $100 million to grantees and emboldened grassroots environmentalists everywhere to continue taking action by providing the funds they need. While you could easily stop there, Patagonia’s deep passion for sustaining activism, has led them to take it a step further by teaching people how to better run their programs and campaigns so they are effective changemakers.

Called Patagonia Action Works, this branch of the company zeroes in on creating connections within local communities, because we are more likely to protect places we have an emotional and physical connection to than not. By fostering those relationships and listening to what those people and places are asking for, the result is an amplified voice that reflects an entire community. Through this, they develop a powerful call to action that incites change and resonates with others on both a national and global scale.

Patagonia’s unique approach has helped to move the needle in the right direction for so many organizations. We, at Wayward, are thrilled to be a part of the movement in our own community. Want to get involved? Join us for these opportunities to learn more about local water pollution and to take action and help keep our Sound clean.


Waste Reduction Workshop

April 3rd from 6pm-8pm

Wayward
204 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Join us for a free workshop at Wayward to learn about the issues of plastic in our waterways and how you can help! Get tips on how to reduce your consumption of single-use plastics and how to properly recycle and dispose of your trash!

RSVP Here

Learn more about water pollution and waste reduction from Puget Soundkeeper and Recology. Plus, a workshop on creating DIY tote bags from old t-shirts (bring your own or some will be provided.)

Patagonia Worn Wear will be there to give your outerwear a second life with zipper repairs and patching up holes or tears.

 

Beach Cleanup

April 27th from 10:30am-12:30pm

Myrtle Edwards Park
3130 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA

Wayward and Puget Soundkeepers will be hosting a beach cleanup to remove garbage and debris from the shoreline of Myrtle Edwards Park. All cleanup supplies will be provided!

We’d love to have you donate your time to help us keep the waterways clean and pristine. Sign up and get more details by visiting pugetsoundkeeper.org/events.

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