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September 2012

See You At The Summits

September 28 2012

See You At The Summits

Rise Above Plastics

This weekend and next the Surfrider Foundation is hosting West Coast and East Coast Summits to help our activists be better chapter leaders through shared experiences, peer interactions, tangible tools and training. It's semi invite-only as you need to be involved with one of the local chapters and there are…

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Portland, OR Chapter Installs Their First Ocean Friendly Garden

September 28 2012

Portland, OR Chapter Installs Their First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

After holding a class then conducting a planning workshop in the landscape to be retrofitted, volunteers came ready to build the garden - and celebrate afterwards with a BBQ!

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Skin Care In The Ocean

September 26 2012

Skin Care In The Ocean

Rise Above Plastics

If you live near the coast it’s quite likely that your skin care products end up in the ocean. It’s generally not a big issue as most ingredients are made from sources that biodegrade but that appears to be changing. Recently scientists have been documenting microplastics on beaches and in…

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Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Foodware!

September 25 2012

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Foodware!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

News stories are circulating stating that Haiti’s government has announced a ban on plastic checkout bags and plastic foam foodware. “This is a logical decision and makes sense,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said. “Importing, manufacturing bio-degradable items will benefit Haiti’s short, mid- and long-term environmental interest.”

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Lawn Gone Without Chemicals

September 24 2012

Lawn Gone Without Chemicals

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

When the City Parks Department expressed uncertainty about killing turf grass without chemicals, the Santa Barbara and Isla Vista Surfrider Chapters brought out their (pitch)forks and got cooking in the garden with the lasagna method.

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Bag-Related Legislation Comes out of Sacramento

September 20 2012

Bag-Related Legislation Comes out of Sacramento

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

This week California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1219 (Wolk) into law, extending the in-store recycling program for single-use plastic bags. Unlike the former version of this bill AB 2449 (2006), there is no local preemption for municipalities in California that want to require a charge for plastic bags.

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China Gets Tough on Plastic Recycling

September 20 2012

China Gets Tough on Plastic Recycling

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

The mantra that big business seems to push is ‘Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!’, but at what cost? Many of the shipping containers that bring us goods from Asia don’t want to head back empty and in 2010 the #1 export from the U.S. to China was ‘Waste and Scrap.’ China recently…

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Plastic Pollution Hangout

September 19 2012

Plastic Pollution Hangout

Rise Above Plastics

KQED SCIENCE recently hosted a Google Hangout round table discussion about the growing problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Much of the 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year is carelessly discarded and goes from landfills or streets to streams, eventually floating out to sea.…

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International Plastic Bag Reductions

September 17 2012

International Plastic Bag Reductions

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Plastic bag restrictions have been enacted in many cities and towns on the West Coast of the U.S. while international plastic bag reductions are picking up speed. There is no solid data on the number of plastic checkout bags used every year but estimates range between 500 billion and 1…

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City of San Francisco Wins Legal Battle over Plastics Industry

September 16 2012

City of San Francisco Wins Legal Battle over Plastics Industry

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The City of San Francisco successfully fended off a suit by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition that challenged their new broader single-use bag ban. This win will likely encourage other cities to stand up to industry scare tactics and enact broad local ordinances.

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Coastal Cleanup Day This Saturday!

September 11 2012

Coastal Cleanup Day This Saturday!

Rise Above Plastics

Just like every day is Earth Day for some people, every day is Coastal Cleanup Day for some of the regulars lucky enough to make it to the beach day in, day out. This Saturday September 15th is the chance for everyone to make it Coastal Cleanup Day by joining…

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Offshore Drilling: Obama Vs. Romney

September 07 2012

Offshore Drilling: Obama Vs. Romney

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

With the Presidential election just around the corner, let’s take a look at the respective positions of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on offshore drilling. What would each candidate’s Presidency mean for oil and gas development off our nation’s coasts?

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“Surfonomics” above the fold

September 06 2012

“Surfonomics” above the fold

Surf Protection Surf Economics

The Washington Post recently ran an excellent article entitled "Surfonomics" on the cover of their Sunday business section. Read all about it.

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Cheap Plastic Keeps Flowing In CA After Legislators Fail To Act

September 04 2012

Cheap Plastic Keeps Flowing In CA After Legislators Fail To Act

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Late last week both of the statewide plastic reduction bills weaving through the California legislature failed last week. While it’s a bummer these plastic litter reduction bills did not pass, it was great to see the efforts of Surfrider Foundation Chapter activists in some of the target districts: San Francisco,…

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