The Haystack Rock Awareness Program has created a wearable art jewelry line crafted from marine debris named “Trash Talk,” intended to support the program and spark conversations that lead to more environmental stewardship.

Participants are invited to collect microplastics — small plastic trash that washes up on our beaches — and donate it to be repurposed into wearable art jewelry.

The Haystack Rock Awareness Program is also accepting donations of old or broken jewelry that will be reused in these new pieces. Microplastic collections and old, broken jewelry should be placed in a bag or container and left in the garbage bin labeled “Haystack Rock Awareness Program Marine Debris,” located at the back entrance of Cannon Beach City Hall next to the Dumpster. Include contact information.

One gallon of beach debris is sufficient material to host two to five workshops, make more than 30 pieces of jewelry or one art piece.

The art and jewelry can now be purchased online through the Friends of Haystack Rock’s new Etsy shop. A selection of specialty pieces is also being sold through the Cannon Beach Art Gallery. The funding received through this project supports the Haystack Rock Awareness Program’s ongoing efforts to provide high quality student and citizen science programs and to spread awareness to all visitors.

For more information, contact Pooka Rice, Haystack Rock Awareness Program Outreach Coordinator at 503-436-8079, email lrice@ci.cannon-beach.or.us.

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