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Fed Up With Foam Litter? Pass SB 568!

July 30 2012

Fed Up With Foam Litter? Pass SB 568!

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

California Senate Bill 568 is groundbreaking legislation that would phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and drink containers at restaurants statewide by 2016. Sign our action alert and call your State Assemblymember to support this bill to clean up our beaches and support sustainable foodware products by phasing out the…

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Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

July 25 2012

Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Last night the Santa Cruz City Council gave their final approval on a plastic bag ban and expanded their existing foam foodware ban to include most disposable retail items made from EPS foam. The Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapters was one of the first to focus on plastic pollution issues…

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Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

July 24 2012

Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Three states have four big bills regarding plastic pollution in play and your help is needed! It's easy, all you have to do is pick up the phone and make a call, then sign and share an online action alert.

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More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

July 23 2012

More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

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Plastic bag legislation is relatively new but the results are coming in shows them to be effective in reducing plastic bags with little resistance from consumers. Recent reports from Long Beach, CA, Sunnyvale, CA and Quebec Province in Canada all show positive results. Whether it's a plastic checkout bag ban…

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Have a Plastic-Free Holiday!

July 02 2012

Have a Plastic-Free Holiday!

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Independence Day is this Wednesday July 4th in the U.S. and one of the best days of the year to get out and celebrate with family and friends. July 5th is often the busiest day for cleanup crews at beaches and parks across the country. One big reason is that…

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Fly or Die - with Chris Jordan

June 26 2012

Fly or Die - with Chris Jordan

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Chris Jordan the other day and he is an inspiration. His work has moved people in many ways and to get his insights allows you to appreciate his work on another level. Chris is leaving today to fly to the middle of the…

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First Ever Paddle Across The Gulf Stream!

June 15 2012

First Ever Paddle Across The Gulf Stream!

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Last week two surfers and activists from the Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter completed the first ever paddle across the Gulf Stream as they completed a 60 mile journey from Bimini in the Bahamas to Miami, Florida! Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history Saturday, June 9th, becoming the first to…

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Plastic Paradise

June 14 2012

Plastic Paradise

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Plastic pollution awareness is reaching new heights as plastic bag bans in Hawaii and LA have made headlines internationally. Plastic bags are the tip of the plastic pollution iceberg and just one of many components of the plastic soup swirling around the ocean, migrating toward the gyres and/or 'spit out'…

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It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full

June 04 2012

It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full

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A large amount of our rubbish ends up in the oceans and seas thus disturbing the planet's coastal ecosystems. Discover the dramatic consequences of marine litter on the environment and its species in this great ten minute video from Surfrider Europe.

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Illinois Call To Action - Prevent A Bad Bag Bill

May 30 2012

Illinois Call To Action - Prevent A Bad Bag Bill

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June 4th Update: IL SB 3442 bill thinly passed the House and State Senate so it now sits on the Governor's desk for final approval or veto. Ask Governor Quinn to veto this horrible bill by signing our action alert TODAY!

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LA and SB Move Forward with Plastic Bag Bans!

May 23 2012

LA and SB Move Forward with Plastic Bag Bans!

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The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara City Councils each voted this week to move forward with plans to ban plastic checkout bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and similar retailers within each of their respective city limits. Both cities have held a series of public hearings on the issue and…

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Does Recycling Increase Consumption?

May 22 2012

Does Recycling Increase Consumption?

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The world marvels at how much Americans consume, whether if it's a disproportionate share of world energy, lots of fresh water in our daily lives or throwing away over four pounds of trash per person per day. A recent study shows how providing recycling bins can lead to an increase…

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How Big is the Floating Island of Plastic in the Pacific?

May 17 2012

How Big is the Floating Island of Plastic in the Pacific?

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That's a trick question because there is no floating 'island' of plastic pollution but researchers recently released a study showing that plastic in the ocean has increased 100-fold in the past 40 years. Yes, that's correct. Plastic pollution did not double or triple during that time, it increased by a…

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Hawaii Becomes the First State in the U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags!

May 14 2012

Hawaii Becomes the First State in the U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags!

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When the Mayor of Honolulu signed into law the plastic bag ban on May 11, Hawaii became the first state in the nation where every county is covered by a plastic bag ban. This was not done by the state legislature, but instead by all four County Councils - a…

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Will your reusable bag make you sick?

May 14 2012

Will your reusable bag make you sick?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Nope – but any inanimate object could potentially carry a virus, germs, bacteria or mold. A recent report from Oregon documented norovirus virus was transferred on a bag of groceries that was being kept in a hotel bathroom. The report stressed that the carrier could be any inanimate object or…

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Phone In To Help Hawaii Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution

April 11 2012

Phone In To Help Hawaii Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution

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Hawaii stands poised to pass the nation's first statewide Bag Bill (HB2483). The bill would reduce the consumption of single-use plastic and paper bags through a small fee, and revenues from the fees would help fund watershed protection. Over the last four years, the coalition of supporters has grown to…

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Rise Above Plastics Goes Global

April 05 2012

Rise Above Plastics Goes Global

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Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics program started on the West Coast, has made an impact in coastal communities across the U.S. and now reaches to Europe and beyond. Surfrider’s Europe flagship event “Ocean Initiatives” held it's opening weekend from March 22 to March 25. The “Ocean Initiatives” are an awareness program…

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Week In Review: Videos and Kickstarter

March 30 2012

Week In Review: Videos and Kickstarter

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This past week saw some great plastic pollution awareness videos making the rounds along with a couple of Kickstarter plastic pollution projects worth mentioning. Not familiar with Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a funding platform made especially for creative projects with a clear goal that will eventually be completed, and something will…

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Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban

March 23 2012

Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing today, Judge James C. Chalfant upheld the County of Los Angeles ordinance to impose a single-use plastic bag ban with a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

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Happy World Water Day!  What’s It To You?

March 22 2012

Happy World Water Day!  What’s It To You?

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Today is World Water Day! Founded in 1993 by the United Nations, this global observance highlights the need for the care and management of the world’s water resources. This year’s theme, “Water and Food Security” seeks to highlight the relationship between water and global food supplies. When I think of…

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