|Chad Howell is a student at Grand Valley State University. Growing up on Michigan's east side and later moving to the Muskegon lakeshore, Chad has spent many summers enjoying the Great Lakes and warm Michigan weather. Chad enjoys the outdoors and going hiking, camping, and traveling across the state.||Jack Kleinrichert is a student at Grand Valley State University. Born and raised on a lake in Traverse City, Michigan, Jack has spent countless hours experiencing everything Lake Michigan has to offer. Jack also loves the outdoors, spending a lot of his time out on the water, boating, and fishing.|
Our Lakes. Our Future.
To preserve the Great Lakes via:
Of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes
Understanding & confronting the issues
Clean up your local beach & waterway
22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year
Plastic breaks down into microplastics that pollute our waterways
Over 40 million rely on the Great Lakes & we all consume microplastics through our drinking water
Textile waste is the largest source of microplastic pollution in freshwater
The average American throws away 82 pounds of clothing each year
The average consumer keeps each garment for half as long as we did 20 years ago
We look to make waves by:
Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our upcoming clean-ups
Continue to research and develop the most sustainable methods of fashion
Striving toward a cradle-to-cradle solution for our clothing post-consumer
Chad was on a fall hike along Lake Michigan when he came along plastic scattered along the beach. He had some knowledge on climate change realities, but this close-to-home encounter sparked a realization - and the creation of Forever Great.
Founder, Michigan Native, and GVSU Alum. Chad has a passion for the Great Lakes, sustainability, and fashion - leading to the creation of Forever Great
Photographer, videographer, and creative thinker. Nic captures the Forever Great lifestyle through his lens.
Videographer, editor, and ideas guy. Chris specializes in short-form video content and brings energy to our team.
Artist, entrepreneur, and GVSU student. Donte brings design ideas to life through his digital artistry.
People & Planet
Our processes put people and the planet at the forefront. We support living-wage jobs in the Americas - with a long-term goal to bring production to the midwest.
Each shirt contains U.S. plastic waste from 8 plastic bottles. Made by our friends Recover Sports, bottles are turned into fabric in North Carolina and clothing is finished in Guatemala.
Fabric made from U.S. cotton manufacturing waste and brought to life in Los Angeles, CA. These products are fully traceable within U.S. borders.
We are constantly looking to improve our practices and decrease our footprint.