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Final Marine Debris Strategy Released!

October 11 2013

Final Marine Debris Strategy Released!

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The West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health released their Final Marine Debris Strategy this week, with the help of Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, state and federal government, industry and academia. The goal of the strategy is to lay out a plan to effectively address ocean pollution with an…

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One Foot At A Time

October 10 2013

One Foot At A Time

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Have you heard of the One Foot At A Time cleanup contest where you could win great prizes like Teva sandals and a Firewire surfboard?! It's pretty simple, collect plastic litter from the beach or your favorite place to play outside and create an art piece with the templates we…

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Plastic Bags—> Bikinis

October 07 2013

Plastic Bags—> Bikinis

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Plastic bag recycling rates are typically in the single digits. When they do get recycled, plastic bags are often 'downcycled' into less desirable items such as benches that can't be recycled or part of a new plastic bag - not the whole thing. Sarah Bellums in San Luis Obispo, CA…

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Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe vote to ban the bag!

October 02 2013

Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe vote to ban the bag!

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Yesterday was a good day for reducing plastic bag litter as the Santa Barbara City Council and South Lake Tahoe City Council in California both voted to ban plastic checkout bags. The ordinances cover grocery stores and other food retailers while including a ten-cent fee on paper bags as the…

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Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

September 30 2013

Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

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The Surfrider Foundation is excited to announce that “Rise Above Plastics Month” is underway! The goal for October is to educate people on the threats single-use plastics pose to our marine environments, and challenge them to reduce their plastic footprint by making simple changes in their daily lives. Two main…

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Plastic Nest and Net Patrol on Kauai

September 26 2013

Plastic Nest and Net Patrol on Kauai

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Recently a Surfrider Kauai Chapter activist sent along this photo of a plastic nest. Not a nest with a few pieces of plastic, but a nest with "very uniform tough plastic fiber…with a few natural fibers." Hawaii is in the middle of the ocean, but basically on the edge of…

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El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

September 18 2013

El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

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Last night El Cerrito took a big step towards sustainability and plastic litter reduction by finalizing two ordinances - one to ban plastic checkout bags and another that bans polystyrene food containers at restaurants. California is on the leading edge of plastic litter reduction with over 80 municipalities covered by…

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Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

September 17 2013

Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

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Surfrider recently announced that October will be Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint! The goal of the month is to educate people on the threats single-use plastics pose to our marine environments, and challenge them to reduce their plastic footprint by making simple changes…

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Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

September 11 2013

Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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"Plastic Paradise" is an independent documentary film that chronicles Angela Sun's personal journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, celebrities, legislators and activists who…

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It’s great to recycle - when convenient.

August 29 2013

It’s great to recycle - when convenient.

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The plastics industry and major corporations want you to believe that recycling is the holy grail of conservation. If they keep pumping out products and we recycle it all, everyone wins! Right? The truth seems to be a bit more complicated than that. It starts with the realization that the…

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Do you like sea turtles?

August 20 2013

Do you like sea turtles?

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Of course you like sea turtles, I think it's really hard not to like them. I was in Hawaii over the weekend for the Hawaii Chapter Conference and took an extra day to escape Waikiki and head up to the North Shore of Oahu. It's a surfing mecca in the…

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Plastic Bags Kill….

August 05 2013

Plastic Bags Kill….

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While plastic bags are typically required to have a suffocation warning, unfortunately deaths from suffocating on plastic bags do happen, most often to kids. Just last week a story came out of Hastings, Michigan where a three-year-old boy died after playing with a plastic bag. These are horrible accidents that…

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Don’t Mess with Texas - Kermit Bans Plastic Bags

July 30 2013

Don’t Mess with Texas - Kermit Bans Plastic Bags

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Surfrider Chapters typically focus their plastic reduction efforts in coastal cities and towns because that's where our members are who see the impacts of plastic pollution firsthand and want to take action. You have to start somewhere and as a grassroots organization, that somewhere is our backyard. It's also great…

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More Evidence of Plastic in the Food Web

July 24 2013

More Evidence of Plastic in the Food Web

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In the past few years there have been numerous studies and necropsies documenting ingested plastic in fish species that people eat. The latest study from the University of Hawaii focused on large predatory fish from offshore waters around Hawaii over a six-year period. Ten species were investigated and seven of…

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Keep The Sea Plastic-Free

July 23 2013

Keep The Sea Plastic-Free

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It's summertime and the beaches are packed with people - and their stuff. On the way to the water today with surfboard in hand I came across a ziplock bag filled with cookies along the tide line. I'm not sure which family it belonged to so I just tossed it…

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Summer Target: Foam Coolers

July 03 2013

Summer Target: Foam Coolers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

One great way to help reduce plastic pollution on Independence Day and all summer long is to avoid buying one of those cheap polystyrene coolers. They are not durable, typically don't carry much and are a nightmare to cleanup once they break into small pieces. If you are reading this,…

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It’s Official, LA Mayor Signs Plastic Bag Bag Into Law!

June 26 2013

It’s Official, LA Mayor Signs Plastic Bag Bag Into Law!

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cemented his stellar environmental record by signing the plastic checkout bag ban into law. City Council has been working on the issue for ten years and finally passed an ordinance this year that will make LA the largest city in the U.S. to take meaningful…

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Pledge to Take Back The Tap and Rise Above Plastics!

June 24 2013

Pledge to Take Back The Tap and Rise Above Plastics!

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Summer's here and it's time to hit the beach! How you pack is going to determine how much waste you create so it's best when you choose to reuse. 'Pack In Pack Out' is a mantra seemingly lost in today's age and beach cleanups often collect lots of single-use/disposable and/or…

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Job Killer or Job Creator?

June 20 2013

Job Killer or Job Creator?

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People don't make plastic bags, machines do. I know that it takes people to run and maintain the machines then package the bags to be shipped but it is a highly automated process. On the other hand, people do make reusable bags. Quality reusable bags are stitched one at a…

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Surfrider Activists Stand Up To Fight Plastic Pollution in LA and Chicago

June 19 2013

Surfrider Activists Stand Up To Fight Plastic Pollution in LA and Chicago

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Tuesday was a big day for plastic bag reductions in two of the largest U.S. cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. The City of LA is very close to finalizing a plastic checkout bag ban they have been discussing for ten years while there are positive signs out of Chicago as…

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