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Astral and Protect Our Rivers Announce a Nationwide Cleanup Effort to Clean Up the Outdoors

Photo Credit: Jessica Cuneo Photography

Protect Our Rivers and Astral are rallying their community of adventurers to participate in a nationwide cleanup effort to protect the outdoor places we love. On Saturday, September 18th, National Cleanup Day, they are hosting a DIY cleanup event, creating a virtual participation option for people across the country to get involved.

Astral and Protect Our Rivers share the belief that nature comes first and that all land and waterways need our protection. Both companies orchestrate cleanup initiatives throughout the year, and Astral is constantly designing and innovating products that have the lowest impact on the environment.

While thousands of companies have committed to reducing waste, more work needs to be done to combat the current plastic pollution crisis. Recent studies have predicted that at current rates, plastic will outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050 (World Economic Forum, 2016).

"Rivers and the outdoors provide us with so many incredible experiences. We rely on them for our livelihood and our most critical resources," adds Sarah Nelson, Founder of Protect Our Rivers. "I want future generations to have access to outdoor adventures and opportunities to discover the solace, adventure and beauty that nature provides us all. To make that happen, we need to do our part to protect them."

This DIY cleanup event aims to pick up as much trash as possible as a community and make a significant impact in combating plastic pollution, preserving the places we love for future generations.

"We are excited to partner with Protect Our Rivers, on a cleanup event where people can participate no matter where they are," says Caitlin Bjornstad, Astral's Community Manager. "We've put the tools and resources in place for participants to have a successful DIY cleanup. Picking up an outdoor space that matters to you is an effective way to leave the outdoors better than you found it."

For full details on this event and how to participate visit


About Protect Our Rivers

At Protect Our Rivers™, we believe in the essential role healthy rivers play in all our lives—not only for our natural ecosystem but for our humanity as well. We are a passionate collective of individuals and supporting organizations that believe in the power of rivers and the critical need to protect them. We work tirelessly to have a positive impact on lasting river conservation, through hands-on action, education and access. To learn more about Protect Our Rivers, please visit

About Astral

Since 2002, Astral has been on a mission to protect the maximum amount of soil and water and create products that elevate people's experience in Nature. We are committed to sustainable business and products that last. In the most simple terms, we are athletes, artists, and craftspeople. With your support, we will continue to build the cleanest, most beautiful, and highest-performing products you can buy. And our promise is always to put Nature First. Astral is strategically operated from Seattle, Portland, Asheville, and Saigon. To learn more about Astral or shop our products visit

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