Klean Ambassador and photographer recently did a road trip from NYC to Maine, with an attempt to go all weekend during the trip. He gave us an honest account of his experiences and challenges out on the road, and shared some amazing photos of our bottles and displacing single-use.
A few months ago I woke up at my home in Brooklyn, New York to see everyone on the streets carrying distinct red plastic bags. I hadn't seen that in my neighborhood before but when I went for groceries later that day I realized the grocery stores had switched the color of the bags they were using. Later that week it was windy and soon I could spot those same bags in almost every tree in my neighborhood. It was early spring so the trees were still bare and it gave the impression that the trees were almost growing the plastic bags instead of leaves.
This saddened me and I spoke to another photographer friend about it while we were planning a photo trip to York Beach, Maine. On that same night, we were also discussing the lack of meaning and purpose in our work, photographing pretty faces to sell things often left us feeling hollow. It seems the marriage of all these concepts was just a happy accident but it was an important one for us. At that moment we decided to make our photo trip to Maine more than just pictures but also a chance to make a small change within ourselves. We decided to go disposable plastic free for that entire weekend and we wanted to collaborate with brands that were making a difference in the way their customers interact with their local environments.