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Watershed Adventures Of A Water Bottle

April 29 2013

Watershed Adventures Of A Water Bottle

Rise Above Plastics

Check out this great children's book that was recently published to help raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution and how kids can help prevent it. Jennifer Chambers does a nice job of telling a story that is compelling and interesting while the artwork from Jesse Auth illustrates the…

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What Does a Plastic Packaging Bill Look Like?

April 29 2013

What Does a Plastic Packaging Bill Look Like?

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The enormity of the plastic pollution problem in our oceans is staggering. Surfrider Foundation has been hard at work advocating for local bag bans, polystyrene foam foodware bans and regulations of cigarette butts, amongst other efforts. But what else can we do to make sure we are targeting other forms…

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With Us - NYC Expands Recycling!

April 25 2013

With Us - NYC Expands Recycling!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

On Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg hosted a press conference to announce that New York City is expanding its household recycling program to include all rigid plastics, not just #1 or #2 bottles and jugs. This will be a great opportunity to divert materials from the landfill and provide more recycled source…

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Down Cycled to Marine Debris

April 15 2013

Down Cycled to Marine Debris

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Plastics manufacturers tend to promote recycling as the holy grail for waste management. As more cities aim to divert more materials from landfills for good reason, more recycled material gets processed and needs to find a second life. Some materials can be made directly into the same products they came…

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Rethink Butts

April 10 2013

Rethink Butts

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The Surfrider Foundation has been fighting cigarette but litter since the 1990's when the San Diego County Chapter mobilized activists with their 'Hold On To Your Butt' campaign to end cigarette butt litter. Since then there has been great progress in some areas but cigarette butts continue to be a…

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Million Reusable Bag Giveaway

April 04 2013

Million Reusable Bag Giveaway

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Los Angeles is getting ready to finalize their plastic checkout bag ban and groups are ready to provide reusable bags 'Made in LA' for the masses. California Greenworks, in partnership with Green Vets LA and Homeboy Industries, proposes the “Million Reusable Bag Giveaway” pilot program, to create and distribute 25,000…

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Ocean Plastic - A Marin Art Show

April 01 2013

Ocean Plastic - A Marin Art Show

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This Saturday April 6th, Ocean Plastic, an art show sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation Marin County Chapter, opens in Sausalito! As part of the opening day festivities there will be an artists reception and an impressive list of guest speakers including Beth Terry, Daniella Russo, Chris Princetich and David Helvarg.…

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Top Plastic Pollution Bills in California

March 28 2013

Top Plastic Pollution Bills in California

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The California legislative session started off in full sprint this year, with Senators and Assembly members tripping over themselves to come up with bills that address coastal plastic pollution. At the end of the first quarter, we have several priority pieces of legislation that Surfrider Foundation supports in our efforts…

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Farewell Friend – In Memoriam of My Travel Mug

March 20 2013

Farewell Friend – In Memoriam of My Travel Mug

Rise Above Plastics

My friend of three and half years passed away this morning. He’d been on life support for quite a while, but I made him hold on. There was no one like him so it was hard to let go. We’d been everywhere together on a daily basis. We’d worked to…

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Can a First Coast City be the First City in Florida to Refuse Plastic Bags?

March 11 2013

Can a First Coast City be the First City in Florida to Refuse Plastic Bags?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Florida is a state that limits 'home rule' when it comes to plastic bags - municipalities are not allowed to enact a plastic bag ban or fee-based ordinance per state law. That did not slow down a group of Flagler College students who are working to eliminate plastic bag litter…

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Plastic Bag Freedom.  HUH?

March 07 2013

Plastic Bag Freedom.  HUH?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

America's Founding Fathers obviously did not have plastic bags in mind when seeking freedom, but in desperate efforts, some plastic bag proponents are trying to associate plastic bags with freedom. "On Tuesday, Rep. Drew Springer (Muenster) filed HB 2416 "The Shopping Bag Freedom Act" to give retailers and consumers the…

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Friday Inspiration

March 01 2013

Friday Inspiration

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It's a beautiful day in Southern California and I'm itching to head to the beach. But, some work needs to be done before I sneak out a little early this afternoon. Going through some emails and files quickly provided some inspiration to keep me fired up: some great outreach from…

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Appeals Court Rules for LA County Bag Ban and Against Plastics Industry

February 22 2013

Appeals Court Rules for LA County Bag Ban and Against Plastics Industry

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

On February 21, 2013, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the lower court judgment in favor of Los Angeles County in defending their municipal bag ban ordinance from an attack brought by the plastics industry, including Hilex Poly Co., in Schmeer et al v. County…

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Turn a T-shirt Into a Reusable Bag!

February 21 2013

Turn a T-shirt Into a Reusable Bag!

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Surfrider Chapters across the country have been reducing waste and creating reusable bags at the same time!! Sure, you can dump old or unwanted clothes at your local thrift store, but there are few ways to truly recycle t-shirts. There are lots of examples online, here are a few of…

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Stop The Plastic Invasion

February 15 2013

Stop The Plastic Invasion

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Surfrider Foundation Europe has developed another great ad campaign with Young & Rubicam Paris, France. This great graphic art is the theme for the international Ocean Initiatives cleanup efforts - Let's Reduce Our Plastic Footprint, The Sea Is Full.

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Home Soda - All It’s Fizzed Up To Be?

February 14 2013

Home Soda - All It’s Fizzed Up To Be?

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There was quite a bit of buzz last week around a rejected football game ad for a home soda maker. After being out of the office I finally took time to search it out and was a bit disappointed. While I had secretly hoped it might be too risqué by…

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Reusable Bags Are Dangerous?  Don’t Believe The HYPE!

February 11 2013

Reusable Bags Are Dangerous?  Don’t Believe The HYPE!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Over the past couple of weeks numerous stories and LTE's have focused on recent 'research' claiming a link between unwashed reusable bags and deaths in San Francisco. This flawed research builds on the misleading research started in 2010 between University of Arizona and Loma Linda University that was funded by…

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Plastic Sushi - Still A Hit!

January 30 2013

Plastic Sushi - Still A Hit!

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A little over a year ago we 'launched' a couple of new print PSA's created by our friends at Pollinate in Oregon. The plastic sushi piece was an instant hit on Facebook and was quickly shared over 20,000 times from various Surfrider Foundation related pages. Many people shared it again…

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Plastic Pollution Solution Kits

January 24 2013

Plastic Pollution Solution Kits

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This video provides an overview of the Plastic Pollution Solutions educational kit that was developed by 5 Gyres Institute and the Surfrider Foundation. These kits were initially intended for Surfrider Chapters and Marcus from 5 Gyres made extras so that additional Chapters or other interested activists can get one.

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2013 Rise Above Plastics Program Plan

January 15 2013

2013 Rise Above Plastics Program Plan

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Here is a four minute video that provides an overview of the Rise Above Plastics program and our goals for this year. If you are not involved with a Surfrider Chapter, you can find the closest one at www.surfrider.org/chapters.

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