Exped LLC is a small company and we all happen to be paddlers with a passion for adventure. It saddens us to see trash in the waters and on the beaches where we paddle - whether that's far from home on a remote beach or on our home stretch of water. The stuff is everywhere! It's ugly, dangerous to life, and it needs to be removed. That's what is all about - removing the trash we see from the waters we love.

It's quite simple and our little tagline says it all:

Take only trash, leave only swirls.

When we paddle, we pick up trash in our human powered craft and we invite you to do the same. Spread the word and let's turn our kayaks and canoes into Garbage Scows!

See you on the water.

The team at Exped LLC
Seattle, WA

07 December 2010

Great Pacific Garbage Patch...interesting perspective

This is a cool website ( put together by the BBC that helps us see the dimensions of environmental disasters. In the example above, I've entered the zip code for Seattle and the area of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is then superimposed over that zip code to give me a better idea of the size of the patch. You can try it out for other infamous events such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Chernobyl radiation cloud.

While this is very interesting stuff, it can make our efforts to pick up a few pieces of garbage in our local waterway seem insignificant, but don't give in to this thinking. We can make a noticeable difference - just one boat picking up trash. It's the right place to start.

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