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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!

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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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Are You A Bag Hero?

January 08 2013

Are You A Bag Hero?

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The Surfrider Foundation Coastal Bend (TX) Chapter has developed a great program to highlight community members who are using reusable bags. The Bag Hero program demonstrates how easy it is to bring your own bags and why it’s important. Each month they recognize an exceptional community member who has chosen…

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New Year Rings In With Plastic Reductions!

January 02 2013

New Year Rings In With Plastic Reductions!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

2012 saw an increased groundswell of local actions across the county aimed at reducing plastic litter and some of the ordinances took effect on January 1st. Corvallis, OR; Alameda County, CA; Laguna Beach, CA and Barrington, RI all have banned single-use plastic checkout bags at grocery stores. In San Marcos,…

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Federal Marine Debris Legislation Signed by the President

December 21 2012

Federal Marine Debris Legislation Signed by the President

Legal Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

President Barack Obama signed the Marine Debris Act Amendments (Farr - H.R. 1171) into law on December 20, 2012 as part of the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Act (H.R. 2838). The Marine Debris Act Amendments reauthroizes and amends the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act to create a marine…

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More Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts

December 18 2012

More Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts

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Last week we covered the groundswell of plastic bag ordinances sweeping through California and this week we are happy to report another international bag ban while legislators on the East Coast are looking to place statewide fees on carryout bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament voted to forbid the…

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Surfrider Foundation Supports Los Angeles County Bag Ban in Court

December 17 2012

Surfrider Foundation Supports Los Angeles County Bag Ban in Court

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Surfrider Foundation, by and through our Los Angeles County Chapters and along with a coalition of environmental groups, filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief in support of Los Angeles County in Schmeer v. Los Angeles County. In this case, the County of Los Angeles is being used…

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Plastic Bag Reduction Week in California!

December 14 2012

Plastic Bag Reduction Week in California!

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This week saw three cities in California move forward with different stages of a plastic checkout bag ban for grocers and retail food stores. After state legislators failed to pass AB 298 this year, the statewide bag ban, it is imperative for cities, towns and counties to continue the groundswell…

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The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

December 11 2012

The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

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Students at Santa Monica High School measured high bacteria levels and picked up more than 75 lbs of trash flushed through the Pico-Kenter storm drain by rain events in November. Read the press release they sent out documenting this pollution.

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Membership Special and Beach Trash Ornament Contest

December 06 2012

Membership Special and Beach Trash Ornament Contest

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Surfrider Foundation is currently running a great Holiday Gift Membership package and there’s just one week left to order to make sure it’s delivered before Christmas. It’s a great package for you or a loved one to show your support for clean water and beaches all year long. Also, Surfrider…

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Buffalo Exchange Goes Bagless!

November 30 2012

Buffalo Exchange Goes Bagless!

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Buffalo Exchange has officially gone “bag-less”. The company plans to discontinue all orders of disposable plastic bags for its 47 stores nation-wide. This keeps a good deal of plastic out of landfills and prompts customers to remember an earth-friendly alternative for the trip home. The company’s change in policy is…

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Plastic Pollution Makes National News

November 29 2012

Plastic Pollution Makes National News

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

Last night NBC News featured a story triggered by tsunami debris that put the spotlight on plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. While it's great to see more attention to the issue of plastic pollution, the story fell short of offering some solutions. Tsunami debris is a relative drop in…

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Plastic Beach Project - Understanding Plastic Pollution at 15 Beaches in the SF Bay Area

November 26 2012

Plastic Beach Project - Understanding Plastic Pollution at 15 Beaches in the SF Bay Area

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Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter activists developed a method to document trash collected during Surfrider’s local beach cleanups and conduct scientific research to systematically compare plastic pollution on 15 local beaches. The purpose of the project was to document the quantity and type of beach litter on local beaches to…

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Rise Above Plastics Holiday Tips

November 19 2012

Rise Above Plastics Holiday Tips

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Black Friday specials are in full swing and the joy of the holidays is knocking on the door. Are you going to be naughty or nice when it comes to your shopping and gift giving? The world's population is currently using 50 percent more resources each year than the earth…

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Canned Water?!

November 14 2012

Canned Water?!

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I often thought an 'ace up the sleeve' for the bottled water industry was that their usually unneeded product can come in quite handy after an emergency and/or natural disaster such as Sandy. But instead of plastic bottles, why can't water be put into cans? Aluminum cans have a higher…

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