Hi and welcome to Trash Swag!
I am very excited that you are here reading this page. Trash Swag Inc. has been a longtime passion of mine and I am beyond thrilled that I can share my journey with you.
My whole life I have been drawn to the nature and love nothing more than spending my time traveling around the world experiencing life outdoors. Although I have been to many beautiful places, I have often found myself saddened by the vast amount trash that accumulates in these paradises. And I don’t mean your average litter that you see discarded on the roadside during a road trip, I’m talking about hills of garbage accumulated on the sides of roads, riverbeds, and just off the beaten trails. It’s shocking to watch waves of trash wash up on picturesque beaches day after day. Beaches with resorts where workers get our early with rakes to clean it up before the guests arrive.
Did you know that scientist estimate that 8 billion metric tons of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans everyyear? This plastic not only pollutes our paradises but kills endangered sea life. What’s really gross is that micro plastic particles can be found in about a quarter of all fish sold in the grocery stores and can cause serious health issues when consumed by people.
I remember a kite surfing holiday with my husband where there was more plastic junk in the water than sea life. I was thinking “there has to be something we can do to help”! That’s when I made the decision to change my habits regarding single use plastics and waste recycling.
Later, when finishing my undergrad studies, I worked on the concept of Trash Swag Inc. to affect greater change and impact on our consumer waste problems and the negative effects on the environment. The original concept was to make functional swim suits for women in water sports out of recycled materials. I wanted to remove the trash from the oceans (my favorite playground) and create a stylish swimsuit that didn’t give me a wedgie or fall down and embarrass myself in front of my male counterparts anymore.
However, Life Happened (Kids, Travel, Work, Etc.) and Trash Swag Inc., hit PAUSE!
Fast forward to today, six years later, and now I am finally at a place in life to make my passion a reality. I’ve tweaked the model a bit and diversified from swimwear to offer a variety of awesome eco-friendly products that have give back to amazing charities and initiatives. I am so happy you are here to share this journey with me and my family in working to promote environmentally friendly products and practices.
Trash Swag Inc.’s mission is to promote sustainability and systematic change for reducing environmental impact due to consumer pollution. We work with artists to create images that will educate and encourage recycling on our eco-friendly clothes which are 100% recycled from post-consumer plastics and reclaimed fibers.
I know this is a MASSIVE Mission but I believe that we can make a difference together. I hope you grow to love the Trash Swag brand and will work with us to clean up our oceans, minimize landfills, and love our planet EARTH!
~ Desiree, Sean, Liam & our furry child Avie McLaughlin