This man is proof you can be the change you want to see in the world — here’s how he’s doing it!
Growing up in East Moline, Illinois, Chad Pregracke’s backyard was the Mississippi River, where he started working as a clam digger. Quickly, he realized garbage in the waters was not only a problem, but a problem that no one was taking on.
So, at 23, he decided to clean America’s rivers himself, starting the Living Lands and Waters nonprofit!
Living Lands and Waters
Two decades later — with the assistance of sponsors, a small team, and a whole lot of volunteers — Living Lands and Waters has removed over 10 million pounds of trash from water sources and has planted more than 1 million trees.
“All you need to do is change your world. That’s how the world changes.” – Chad Pregracke
The team not only removes everything from tires to appliances, but they also take the extra effort to recycle and dispose of the waste properly. On top of that, they host watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, and tree plantings, along with other conservation efforts.
How you can get involved
Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world. And they can use your help! You can volunteer at one of their cleanup events, donate, and use your voice to spread the mission.
And since we know how vital it is to keep waters clean, we’re so excited to partner with their team for a one-day only promo!
Use code CleanWater to get 10% off the Keep Our Water Clean Collection. And 5% of profits will be donated to the Living Lands & Waters nonprofit.
Keep Our Water Clean Collection:
- Leave Nothing but Footprints – Eco Tee
- Protect Our Ocean, Protect Our Future- Beach Tank
- Keep Our Sea Plastic Free – Eco Tee
- Protect Our Waters, Save The Planet – Colored Tee
- No Water No Life – Organic Crew
- Save Water, Protect Our Future – Colored Tee
- Keep Our Waters Clean, And The Planet Green – Organic Teehttps://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/what-we-do/
- Water Is Life, Protect It – Organic Crew
Check out Living Lands and Waters’ website to learn more about their amazing work.