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The Plastic Bag Dominos Continue To Fall

March 02 2012

The Plastic Bag Dominos Continue To Fall

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

It's been a good week for the environment as more cities embrace meaningful plastic bag reductions. (For a list of ineffective plastic bag reductions, see yesterday's blog post) In Southern California, Laguna Beach finalized their plastic carryout bag ban while Carpinteria and Ojai passed first readings of their own bag…

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Voluntary Plastic Bag Reductions Don’t Work

March 01 2012

Voluntary Plastic Bag Reductions Don’t Work

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

As carryout plastic bag usage in the United States soars over 100 billion (115 billion now by one estimate), more cities and states are looking at ways to reduce litter and the impacts of plastic bags. Bag recycling programs have been set up across the country but as bag recycling…

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Hold On To Your Butt!

February 27 2012

Hold On To Your Butt!

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Hold On To Your Butt is a Surfrider Foundation campaign aimed at eliminating cigarette butt litter and pollution because of the impact on beaches and the ocean. Cigarette butt litter is a big issue because butts are the most littered item in the world and most butts are made of…

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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.

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Do you need a bulldozer to cleanup your beach?

February 08 2012

Do you need a bulldozer to cleanup your beach?

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I sure hope not. I have seen photos of large equipment scooping litter out of Ballona Creek in LA, insane plastic pollution in the Tijuana River Valley near the Mexican border at the Pacific Ocean and large beach raking machines are common in many tourist areas but these photos from…

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Plastic In The Food Chain

January 31 2012

Plastic In The Food Chain

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Remember the plastic bag sushi ad we posted last week? While it's a bit extreme, it does show the underlying truth that the ocean is turning into a plastic soup and plastic is entering the food chain through the fish we eat. While most people are concerned with larger types…

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Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

January 27 2012

Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics

Regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean on the West Coast as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles, protecting them from ocean-related development projects and pollution.

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New Rise Above Plastics Print PSA’s from Pollinate

January 24 2012

New Rise Above Plastics Print PSA’s from Pollinate

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Check out these great new print PSA's that Pollinate Agency in Portland, OR created for Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics program!

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Stiv on Bag Ban Campaign Planning

January 23 2012

Stiv on Bag Ban Campaign Planning

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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…

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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…

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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…

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What was the first plastic item that you touched this year?

January 01 2012

What was the first plastic item that you touched this year?

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Maybe it was a cheap champagne glass at midnight or the tv remote control after watching some of the celebrations. Maybe you slept through the turn of the calendar and it was your alarm clock or toilet seat first thing in the morning. For me, it was the case on…

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Flotsam Clusters - Nothing New

December 20 2011

Flotsam Clusters - Nothing New

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Check out this rad artwork! I'm usually hesitant to glorify trash and marine debris but I love this work from Lowell Nickel and wanted to pass it along. Plastic trash and litter is easily ignored by most people but these works highlight how durable and everlasting it can be. Next…

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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…

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Waste To Waves / Foam to Surfboard Recycling!

December 16 2011

Waste To Waves / Foam to Surfboard Recycling!

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Waste to Waves™ is an exciting new recycling program developed by nonprofit organization Sustainable Surf, that’s designed to turn waste materials into new, eco-friendlier surfing products. Partners for the initial launch campaign include Reef, SPY Optic, Marko Foam, Surfrider Foundation and Waste Management. Waste to Waves lets you “Turn Your…

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How To Trim The Plastic When Grocery Shopping

December 15 2011

How To Trim The Plastic When Grocery Shopping

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Day Without A Bag is today and the focus is to avoid carryout bags in favor of remembering your reusable bags. It’s the easiest way to Rise Above Plastics at the grocery store, but just the tip of the plastic iceberg. Here are some other tips to help trim the…

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Stocking Stuffer Alert - Reusable Glass Straws!

December 13 2011

Stocking Stuffer Alert - Reusable Glass Straws!

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Our friends at Simply Straws recently sent along a special batch of reusable glass straws etched with the Surfrider logo! Conventional plastic straws can be a dangerous single-use plastic item because it's really hard to recycle them and it seems they are often littered. Once littered they often start the…

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Celebrate Day Without A Bag THIS THURSDAY!

December 12 2011

Celebrate Day Without A Bag THIS THURSDAY!

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A Day Without a Bag is an educational grassroots event started by Heal the Bay in Los Angeles and hosted by Surfrider Foundation Chapters along with local community groups throughout the country. Held the third Thursday in December, we ask holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags…

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Hawaii Print PSA’s

December 08 2011

Hawaii Print PSA’s

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HUGE Mahalos to Kevin Whitton (Ed./Publisher) and Kyle Tanaka (Art Dir.) for sponsoring Surfrider HI's Rise Above Plastic ads in Green Magazine! Thanks to the Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter 'RAP' Comm., Sheila, Rob, Leilei, Robert, Lora L., Pasha P., Tia-Brooke F., Stuart C. and all those who helped design and…

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Rise Above Foam

December 07 2011

Rise Above Foam

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What lightweight single-use plastic is typically used for under ten minutes and can easily break into many pieces if littered? If you guessed expanded polystyrene foam, you are correct! These small pieces of foam run the risk of harming wildlife that mistake it for food. Even if someone has the…

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