Happy Earth Day! + News From Titan Straps

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Earth dayIt’s Earth Day, & We Are 1% for the Planet!

It’s been a minute since we’ve sent out any Titan Straps news. But it’s spring. Migrating birds are reappearing, trees are budding out and today is Earth Day! I’ve spent the last few decades exploring the outdoors, solidifying my commitment to protecting the health of our planet. We became a proud member of 1% for the Planet in 2020, and since then we’ve supported Protect Our Winters, the Surfrider Foundation, Save Bristol Bay (a Trout Unlimited project in Alaska) and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

I discovered my passion for the outdoors as a child, exploring the Chugach Mountains on foot with my father, and then other parts of Alaska by ski and bicycle. It was in the early 2010s, while on a 300-mile Lost Coast tour from Yakutat to Cordova that human degradation of our environment hit me hard. We pedaled fatbikes on pristine beaches for hundreds of miles. But we unfortunately also found smaller bays full of sea garbage (aka “marine debris“) when paddling our packrafts. Discarded junk from ships and fishing boats had come up the Gulf of Alaska and jammed up these ocean cul de sacs.

“Marine debris is more than just everyday garbage — it includes toxic chemicals and materials from plastic products, building materials, industrial waste, land-based runoff, shipping and oil spills, and any other non-natural, solid material that ends up in the ocean,” according to the National Park Foundation. This nasty stuff can strangle, entangle or cause digestive blockages in whales, seals, turtles, fish and birds, among other wildlife.

It pained me to see this much trash. However, with the recent growth of Titan Straps, I have been able to make a small difference supporting organizations preserving and protecting the places I love and where I play. Imagine if every person chipped in whatever way they could. Earth Day would take on a whole new meaning.

New Hires: Liz Sampey, Lizzy Scully, YOUR NAME HERE?

As it’s springtime, we want to share some other fresh, exciting news. We started an ambassador program, which will be comprised of multi-sport adventurers and people in the trades (and both if possible). Please meet our first team member, multi-sport adventurer Liz Sampey. Liz is embarking on a pretty wild ski-packraft adventure to Alaska today. Follow her progress on Instagram. We have also invited multi-sport adventurer, craftsman and photographer Steve “Doom” Fassbinder to join the team, along with Jon Yazzie, a badass bikepacker, guide and founder of the Navajo Youth Bikepacking Series. We will be featuring them in the upcoming months.

We’ve also hired a Communications Director, Lizzy Scully, who brings a wealth of business, marketing and PR experience to our small company. She worked in the past for Revelate Designs, Alpacka Raft and Hyperlite Mountain Gear, and currently runs Four Corners Guides, a seasonal multi-sport adventure guide service.

Finally, we are hiring a shipping/customer service person! At small companies, every employee wears many hats. This is a great opportunity for a passionate outdoorsman or woman to get a foot in the door in an outdoor industry manufacturing firm. Learn more about the job!

Happy Spring!

We hope you have a fantastic spring and a wonderful Earth Day.

Expect to receive monthly emails moving forward with excerpts from the Titan Talk Newsletter (sign up now!). Feel free to opt out anytime, of course. But if you stick around, we promise to provide good quality content, announcements of giveaways (we’re having one in June with our partner, Acme Tools 😉), new product releases (coming this fall!), stories from myself and our ambassadors, how-to construction tips and other useful information for adventurers and people in the trades.

Check out our new @titanstraps_construction Instagram page, where we will be following ambassador Doom’s container home build over the next few months. And, as always, follow our adventure page @titanstraps!

 

Happy Earth Day from Cameron Lawson

Sincerely,

Cameron Lawson

Titan Straps Founder/Owner since 2010