GarbageScows.com

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 GarbageScows.com 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


09 March 2012

Indignation




A number of years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time. After a week or so of adventure in the sun everyone but my 6-year-old son and I headed home. The two of us had a couple of days to hang out together and we got a chance to go to the southern tip of the island and gaze out to the watery horizon of the Pacific. It was wonderful in almost every way. The one sobering and sad thing about that day was the plastic trash littering the rocky coast.

The questions my son asked about the piles of trash, and the answers I gave, still sort of haunt me to this day. The only answer I could give him was, at its root, an admission that humans are simply short sighted, slow to understand the impact of our actions and ignorant of the oneness of all life on the planet. Don't get me wrong, I also reminded him (and myself) that humans are also wonderful (like all other forms of life). But when I think of our visit to that spot the memory is mixed and mixed up.

Maybe that's what is necessary for change to take place.

Kaj

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