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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!!

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

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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Bring The Bag Campaign Hits The Beach!

August 23 2012

Bring The Bag Campaign Hits The Beach!

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Promoting the use of reusable bags in Texas and beyond, the Surfrider Foundation Galveston Chapter recently gave away approximately 600 reusable bags! During the day they created a Bag Monster from single use plastic bags they obtained from the public along the seawall and beach.

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Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

August 22 2012

Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

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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Plastic Problems Under The Surface

August 20 2012

Plastic Problems Under The Surface

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If a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound? Yes. If litter sinks to the seafloor is it still marine debris? Of course it is. Many people simply look at the shoreline or glance at the water's surface to determine how clean a beach or other marine…

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Oregon Marine Debris Team Partnership Launched

August 07 2012

Oregon Marine Debris Team Partnership Launched

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

Spurred by a need to educate, activate and engage citizens in Japanese tsunami marine debris work in Oregon, Surfrider Foundation chapters in the region have officially partnered with other NGOs and academic groups to form the Oregon Marine Debris Team partnership and initiative.

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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and Joshua Radin

July 30 2012

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and Joshua Radin

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2012 marks the sixth year the Barefoot Wine and Bubbly has teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation for the Beach Rescue Project to help keep beaches, rivers and lakes barefoot friendly. This year Joshua Radin has been involved at various locations across the country as his schedule permits - a…

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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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