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Surfrider’s Top 10 Environmental Priorities

March 30 2015

Surfrider’s Top 10 Environmental Priorities

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens QUAD Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection

What’s on our agenda for 2015? Here are Surfrider’s top 10 environmental priorities for the coming year.

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State Legislation Survey - What’s Trending: Microbead Bans

March 27 2015

State Legislation Survey - What’s Trending: Microbead Bans

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Microbeads are a big topic this legislative session, and microbeads pollution is an important issue Surfrider Foundation is working to stop. Here is a sampling of various state microbeads bans in the works around the country.

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Act Locally - While You Still Can!

March 25 2015

Act Locally - While You Still Can!

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

There are many proposed laws going through state legislatures as we speak that would preempt local action for environmental protection, on issues such as reusable bag ordinances.

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Surfrider Hosts Florida Coasts and Oceans Day in Tallahassee

March 25 2015

Surfrider Hosts Florida Coasts and Oceans Day in Tallahassee

Coastal Preservation Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Water Quality

We promote reduction of single-use plastics

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Big Plastic Challenges California Bag Ban Legislation

February 23 2015

Big Plastic Challenges California Bag Ban Legislation

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In California, the new battleground for a statewide bag bill will take place on the November 2016 ballot. Even though the California State Legislature and the Governor approved a bill into law in the 2014 session, the plastics industry has launched a $3 million effort to strike down the state…

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Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

January 28 2015

Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam Water Quality

One in four pieces of trash in the rivers near our nation's capital are foamed plastic. The DC Chapter just helped to ban foamed plastic in Montgomery County, MD.

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The Oceans are Full of Plastic - What Now?

December 11 2014

The Oceans are Full of Plastic - What Now?

Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Surfrider is very concerned about the problem of plastics in the ocean. Plastics kill or injure large numbers of seabirds, fish and marine mammals through entanglement and ingestion. That's why we developed our Rise Above Plastics program to reduce the use of single-use plastics that end up in the ocean.…

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Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

November 07 2014

Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider members and staff visited our nation’s capital to lobby for a set of federal priorities related to the protection of oceans, waves, and beaches.

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The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

November 04 2014

The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. While these numbers are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans…

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California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

November 03 2014

California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Even though the ink has barely dried on SB 270, the state bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California and require a fee on paper bags, the bag industry has pledged to drag the law onto the state ballot in 2016.

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How to Rise Above Plastics: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

October 21 2014

How to Rise Above Plastics: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam Tsunami Debris

The reality of plastic pollution is that it is happening in every home, office, school and community. It’s plaguing our country. Plastic creates toxic pollution at just about every stage of its existence, from manufacture, to use, to disposal. Considering the facts, it’s no surprise that it’s the most prevalent…

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NOAA Study Finds Southern Californians Will (and Do!) Pay More to Visit Clean, Unpolluted Beaches

September 05 2014

NOAA Study Finds Southern Californians Will (and Do!) Pay More to Visit Clean, Unpolluted Beaches

Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Every year the Surfrider Foundation coordinates with the Ocean Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission on International Coastal Cleanup Day to sweep clean beaches all over the world. Chapters all along our nation’s coast organize monthly regional cleanups where volunteers pick up trash on local beaches. Members of Surfrider’s Blue…

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California Legislature Passes Statewide Bag Ban

August 29 2014

California Legislature Passes Statewide Bag Ban

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

California’s oceans, waves and beaches are about to become a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of the state legislature this week! SB 270, a bill to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags, has been approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

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DC Passes EPS Foam Ban

July 15 2014

DC Passes EPS Foam Ban

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

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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Face Petitions, Bag Legislation and Twitter

July 08 2014

Face Petitions, Bag Legislation and Twitter

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The NYC Chapter has been using Face Petitions to advance a bill for a 10 cent fee on disposable bags. Pictures of faces, a message on a sign about the campaign, and a few key hashtags and handles is all it takes.

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Message in a Plastic Bottle

June 09 2014

Message in a Plastic Bottle

Rise Above Plastics

This spring, Ken Campbell, hailing from the South Sound Surfrider Chapter, undertook a 150-mile journey around the Puget Sound to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean. His entire journey was made aboard a kayak he crafted by hand from discarded single-use plastic bottles.

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Aveda Cleans Up People & Beaches, Raising Money For Surfrider

April 08 2014

Aveda Cleans Up People & Beaches, Raising Money For Surfrider

Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics

Aveda salons and Experience Centers throughout So Cal are, again, raising money for Surfrider's Clean Water Program. They've raised $750,000 over the past 7 years!

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2014 Campaign Priorities

March 11 2014

2014 Campaign Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider has three major areas of focus in 2014: Clean Water, Ocean Protection, and Rise Above Plastics. Read more to see our specific plans.

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Using Diverted Waste to Prevent New Waste in Grand Haven, MI

March 04 2014

Using Diverted Waste to Prevent New Waste in Grand Haven, MI

Rise Above Plastics

The Lake Michigan Chapter has taken an opportunistic approach to reducing single-use plastic bag use in the city of Grand Haven, MI. Read the success story!

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California Senators Promote Bag Ban Bill for 2014

January 31 2014

California Senators Promote Bag Ban Bill for 2014

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

California State Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara recently announced support for legislation to ban single-use plastic bags and place a fee on single-use paper bags in California. These three Senators have partnered with the environmental community, the California Grocers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers…

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