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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?

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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

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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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Teach Kids About Plastic with a Hands-On Sand Dig & Scavenger Hunt!

March 20 2012

Teach Kids About Plastic with a Hands-On Sand Dig & Scavenger Hunt!

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A few years ago the Portland Chapter was asked to attend the Portland Children’s Clean Water Festival, where over 1,400 kids come and learn all about water in one day! With hundreds of other booths and games to play, I was going to have to make something fun, engaging and…

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Rise Above Plastics this St. Patricks Day!

March 15 2012

Rise Above Plastics this St. Patricks Day!

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St. Patrick's Day is a festive time for many people and a perfect day to truly be green. Leave the dye out of the river, but bring out the green clothes for sure. On the plastics front, leave the disposable items at home when you go to the local parade.…

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Tsunami Debris – Coming to a beach near you?

March 12 2012

Tsunami Debris – Coming to a beach near you?

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This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan with devastating force and sadly took thousands of lives. As Japan continues to rebuild the most impacted areas, much of the international chatter over the past few months has been about a field of…

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Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

March 03 2012

Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

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This past week Surfrider Foundation staff visited Washington DC to promote our federal priorities on Capitol Hill. As a grassroots organization, our federal priorities stem from the work of the over 80 local Chapters in the United States. The common issues that have risen to the top of our local…

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The Plastic Bag Dominos Continue To Fall

March 02 2012

The Plastic Bag Dominos Continue To Fall

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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

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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

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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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