Constant Pressure, Endlessly Applied

Coastal Blog — Bag Bans

Plastic Videos

February 22 2012

Plastic Videos

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

One of the coolest parts of the Rise Above Plastics program is sharing some of the video projects that activists work on. Check out these great efforts from Marty Benson in San Diego County and Joanna Priestley/Create Plenty in Portland, OR.

Read Full Post

Stiv on Bag Ban Campaign Planning

January 23 2012

Stiv on Bag Ban Campaign Planning

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

I recently caught up with 5 Gyres Communications and Policy Director / Surfrider activist Stiv Wilson to get some of his insight on planning for a successful plastic reduction campaign. Stiv has a wealth of knowledge from sailing in three of the five gyres to being one of the many…

Read Full Post

Another One Bites The Dust - SLO Bag Ban Passes!

January 11 2012

Another One Bites The Dust - SLO Bag Ban Passes!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

San Luis Obispo County County Integrated Waste Management Authority had a 'super vote' for the first time in their history and a super majority of board members passed one of the first countywide plastic bag bans in the U.S. This one covers both the unincorporated areas and all incorporated cities…

Read Full Post

Ban The Bag on Portlandia

January 09 2012

Ban The Bag on Portlandia

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Cheers to the Surfrider Foundation Portland Chapter for making such an impact with their successful Ban The Bag campaign that it landed on the Independent Film Channel's hit series Portlandia! It's a funny show and this is a great parody on petitioning. New episodes Fridays at 10, check your cable…

Read Full Post

What does a 3% increase in violent crimes have to do with a plastic bag ban?

December 19 2011

What does a 3% increase in violent crimes have to do with a plastic bag ban?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Nothing, it's just a scare tactic. In advance of the Seattle City Council vote on a plastic bag ban for the city that passed 9-0(!), a major plastic bag manufacturer started running an opposition ad in Seattle newspapers that could be described as scare tactics. Why else would they include…

Read Full Post

BWTF Students Paddle Out for a Bag Free LA

November 30 2011

BWTF Students Paddle Out for a Bag Free LA

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School organized a paddle out to bring attention to the bacteria and plastic pollution that heavy rains in October brought to their beaches. Read their press release.

Read Full Post

Don’t cave in to corporate pressure!

November 14 2011

Don’t cave in to corporate pressure!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Over the past few weeks it appears that big corporations are flexing their wallets to help stamp out some plastic reduction initiatives. It started when a lightly viewed 'Refuse Plastic' PSA featuring last season's American Idol finalists was targeted. Next, a major plastics manufacturer poured money into small town plastic…

Read Full Post

Portland Bag Ban Takes Effect - Bring Your Bag!

October 18 2011

Portland Bag Ban Takes Effect - Bring Your Bag!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

This past weekend the much publicized plastic carryout bag ban took effect in Portland, Oregon. After the state legislature failed to act on a statewide bag bill, San Adams and the Portland City Council acted quickly to establish a local ordinance they have been working on for years. The Surfrider…

Read Full Post

How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags?

September 12 2011

How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Listed by Guinness World Records in 2010 as the 'Most Ubiquitous Consumer Item', many people view plastic carryout bags as free but there are hidden costs that can affect us all. First, it cost the stores money to purchase any type of bag they are giving you. Some stores view…

Read Full Post

Can you help stop plastic pollution?

August 08 2011

Can you help stop plastic pollution?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Surfrider Foundation recently released the 'Rise Above Plastics Activist Toolkit' to help Surfrider Foundation Chapters and everyday activists plan plastic reduction initiatives at home, work and in your community. It's a great resource guide that provides insight on the dangers of plastic pollution and how one person can help…

Read Full Post

Portland is next as the plastic dominos start to fall

July 21 2011

Portland is next as the plastic dominos start to fall

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Earlier this month news came out of Washington that the City of Bellingham banned plastic bags and put a fee on paper bags. Last week a similar story is coming out of Portland, Oregon. After state legislators failed to act on SB 536 this year, which would have enacted a…

Read Full Post

Bellingham Washington ‘Rises Above Plastics’ and Reduces Carryout Plastic Bags!

July 13 2011

Bellingham Washington ‘Rises Above Plastics’ and Reduces Carryout Plastic Bags!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Four months after initially presenting an ordinance to Bellingham City Council members to reduce single-use bags, on July 11th, the Bellingham City Council voted 7-0 in favor of the ordinance to ban carry out plastic bags and implement a 5 cent fee on brown paper bags starting July 2012. This…

Read Full Post

June 13 2011

Virginia’s Five-Cent Fee Fails To Gather Support

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The 2011 legislative session in Virginia featured three proposals to limit plastic bag use: an outright ban, a 20 cent fee on plastic bags modeled on Ireland’s ordinance, and a five-cent fee on plastic and paper bags as used in neighboring Washington, DC. The Surfrider Foundation’s DC Chapter, as part…

Read Full Post

June 13 2011

Maryland’s Proposes Five-Cent Fee On Disposable Plastic And Paper Bags

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Surfrider Foundation and their coalition work together to collect more than 5,000 signatures from Maryland residents to support a five-cent feel on disposable plastic and paper bags.

Read Full Post

June 13 2011

A Bill Whose Time Has Come…And Will Come Again

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Nothing symbolizes the Plastic Age and our disposable, throwaway culture more than the single-use plastic bag. How many of us have drawers or closets full of these colorful bags that we don’t know what to do with? And how often do we see these toxic tumbleweeds blowing in the wind,…

Read Full Post

June 13 2011

Oregon’s Statewide Bag Ban Fails To Make It Out Of Committee

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Building upon the great efforts led by the Portland Chapter over the past three years to ban single-use plastic checkout bags within the City of Portland, Senators Mark Hass and Jason Atkinson, and Representatives Ben Cannon and Vick Gilliam introduced SB 536, giving Oregon the opportunity to be the first…

Read Full Post

June 13 2011

California Legislators Address Marine Debris With SB 568

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Even though AB 1998 failed to pass out of the Senate last year, legislators are currently working to address another prevalent form of plastic pollution - Polystyrene Food Containers, with the introduction of SB 568.

Read Full Post

Keep It Up California!

May 18 2011

Keep It Up California!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Good news on the plastic pollution front: the City of Long Beach passed a carryout bag ordinance last night that will ban carryout plastic bags at supermarkets, large pharmacies and farmers markets within city limits. Meanwhile, SB 568 to ban styrofoam at restaurants sits in the state senate and ready…

Read Full Post

It’s a whale of a problem.

May 12 2011

It’s a whale of a problem.

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

As debates go on about reducing plastic bag usage in many places marine life continues to suffer. An alarming story recently came out of Puerto Rico regarding a Gervais beaked whale death while across the pond some high profile people are raising awareness.

Read Full Post

‹ First  < 2 3 4