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DC Passes EPS Foam Ban

July 15 2014

DC Passes EPS Foam Ban

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The DC City Council just passed the Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013, including a ban on EPS foam. The DC Chapter & others supported the bill but they had to fight last minute industry efforts to weaken it. They used a unique website and Twitter. http://banthefoam.org/

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El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

September 18 2013

El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

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Last night El Cerrito took a big step towards sustainability and plastic litter reduction by finalizing two ordinances - one to ban plastic checkout bags and another that bans polystyrene food containers at restaurants. California is on the leading edge of plastic litter reduction with over 80 municipalities covered by…

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Do you like sea turtles?

August 20 2013

Do you like sea turtles?

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Of course you like sea turtles, I think it's really hard not to like them. I was in Hawaii over the weekend for the Hawaii Chapter Conference and took an extra day to escape Waikiki and head up to the North Shore of Oahu. It's a surfing mecca in the…

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More Evidence of Plastic in the Food Web

July 24 2013

More Evidence of Plastic in the Food Web

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In the past few years there have been numerous studies and necropsies documenting ingested plastic in fish species that people eat. The latest study from the University of Hawaii focused on large predatory fish from offshore waters around Hawaii over a six-year period. Ten species were investigated and seven of…

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Summer Target: Foam Coolers

July 03 2013

Summer Target: Foam Coolers

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One great way to help reduce plastic pollution on Independence Day and all summer long is to avoid buying one of those cheap polystyrene coolers. They are not durable, typically don't carry much and are a nightmare to cleanup once they break into small pieces. If you are reading this,…

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Mana Kai Film Series

June 14 2013

Mana Kai Film Series

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MANA KAI (means 'Spirit of the Ocean' in Hawaiian Language) is a short film created by Surfrider activist Pasha Reshikov exploring the relationship of humans and the ocean, touching on the spirit of the oceans and their response to human pollution. Mana Kai is told through the story of a…

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How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take To Kill A Dolphin?  4.

June 06 2013

How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take To Kill A Dolphin?  4.

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A disturbing story was recently reported in New York where a "dolphin had swallowed four plastic bags and it starved to death because the bags disrupted its digestive process." Plastic bag reduction opponents often claim that impacts to wildlife are overblown. The reality is that it's tough to get solid…

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China Leads the Way. Or Does It?

June 06 2013

China Leads the Way. Or Does It?

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Reducing plastic pollution is a global priority as the ocean is turning into a plastic soup. Many people see reducing plastic checkout bags as a great first step. While there are over a hundred local checkout bag ordinances in the U.S., no state government has acted yet to reduce plastic…

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Worldwide Beach Litter Stats - Plastics Lead The List

May 22 2013

Worldwide Beach Litter Stats - Plastics Lead The List

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The Ocean Conservancy recently released the totals from last years' worldwide Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) and each of the top seven items picked up are typically made from plastic. CCD provides a one day snapshot of beach litter with over half a million volunteers picking up over ten million pounds…

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With Us - NYC Expands Recycling!

April 25 2013

With Us - NYC Expands Recycling!

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On Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg hosted a press conference to announce that New York City is expanding its household recycling program to include all rigid plastics, not just #1 or #2 bottles and jugs. This will be a great opportunity to divert materials from the landfill and provide more recycled source…

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2013 Rise Above Plastics Program Plan

January 15 2013

2013 Rise Above Plastics Program Plan

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Here is a four minute video that provides an overview of the Rise Above Plastics program and our goals for this year. If you are not involved with a Surfrider Chapter, you can find the closest one at www.surfrider.org/chapters.

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New Year Rings In With Plastic Reductions!

January 02 2013

New Year Rings In With Plastic Reductions!

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2012 saw an increased groundswell of local actions across the county aimed at reducing plastic litter and some of the ordinances took effect on January 1st. Corvallis, OR; Alameda County, CA; Laguna Beach, CA and Barrington, RI all have banned single-use plastic checkout bags at grocery stores. In San Marcos,…

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RAP on Openline

October 30 2012

RAP on Openline

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Last month the good folks over at KROQ invited us over to chat about the Rise Above Plastics program and ways to reduce plastic pollution. Check it out here to find out more about Surfrider, Rise Above Plastics and what you can do to help turn the tide on plastic…

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Plastic on Mars and the Arctic Seafloor

October 25 2012

Plastic on Mars and the Arctic Seafloor

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Why are we taking plastic pollution to the ends of the earth and beyond? David Bowie famously asked whether there is Life on Mars but before we can confirm that either way we have managed to litter plastic on the red planet. Meanwhile, a study was recently released showing an…

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Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Foodware!

September 25 2012

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Foodware!

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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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China Gets Tough on Plastic Recycling

September 20 2012

China Gets Tough on Plastic Recycling

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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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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

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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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Last Call for California

August 27 2012

Last Call for California

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LAST CALL for Californians to take action on supporting two important plastic reduction bills before the legislative session ends on Friday. SB 568 would phase out expanded polystyrene foam foodware statewide and AB 298 would ban plastic checkout bags statewide. These are two of the most prolific litter items found…

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LA Unified and Jamba Juice Ditch Expanded Polystyrene Foam!!

August 23 2012

LA Unified and Jamba Juice Ditch Expanded Polystyrene Foam!!

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Two major announcements lately show the public demand to ditch expanded polystyrene foam is stronger than ever! A determined ten-year old has convinced Jamba Juice to replace their foam cups with more sustainable ones and determined students at an LA area middle school convinced the entire district to ditch the…

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Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

August 22 2012

Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

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There are just nine days left in the California legislative session, which means just nine days left for bills to be passed before going to the Governor for final approval. Two groundbreaking plastic pollution reduction bills are weaving through the Capitol in Sacramento and need your support to pass! It's…

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