SoundWaters and vineyard vines participate in Coastal Cleanup Day

Following up on a productive and fun day of volunteerism led by company founders Shep and Ian Murray in June, vineyard vines’ employees will return to SoundWaters Coastal Education Center in Stamford to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup Day. SoundWaters and vineyard vines will partner to remove trash and debris from the shoreline of Cove Island Park as part of the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up waterways and the ocean. September 19, 2015 is the official International Coastal Cleanup Day but individual cleanups occur throughout the month.

Long Island Sound is a vibrant economic and recreational resource for our region and provides a habitat for a wide variety of animal and plant life. With more than 23 million people living within 50 miles of the Sound, pollution and debris is one of the biggest issues threatening the health of the Sound and the animals that call it home. Trash in our waterways and oceans is a serious problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash in the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup.

vineyard vines employees and SoundWaters staff will collect trash and debris from the shore, weigh, sort and count what they find and submit the information to an international database to compile the Ocean Trash Index. Volunteers have collected data for the Index since 1986, and the numbers are used to raise awareness, identify hotspots for debris or unusual trash events and inform policy solutions.

About Sound Waters

SoundWaters was founded in 1989 with the mission to protect Long Island Sound through education. As the leading science and environmental education organization in the region, SoundWaters’ hands-on programs engage over 27,000 students annually at their Coastal Education Center, on their 80-foot, three-masted schooner and at schools, community centers and field sites throughout the region. SoundWaters is located in Cove Island Park, 1281 Cove Rd., Stamford, Connecticut. See our latest adventures here: http://www.soundwaters.org/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoundWaters.

About vineyard vines

vineyard vines®, a company best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, was founded in 1998 on Martha’s Vineyard when brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with corporate America to start making ties that represented the Good Life. In addition to signature neckwear, vineyard vines offers a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Products are sold in over 600 specialty and department stores worldwide, through a seasonal catalog at 1.800.892.4982, online at vineyardvines.com and at over fifty freestanding stores.

Alisha Milardo, vice president, education at SoundWaters, Shep Murray and Ian Murray, founders of vineyard vines learn about the science of horseshoe crabs before starting a volunteer day at SoundWaters.

Alisha Milardo, vice president, education at SoundWaters, Shep Murray and Ian Murray, founders of vineyard vines learn about the science of horseshoe crabs before starting a volunteer day at SoundWaters.

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