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Project: Clean Water

Day Without a Bag

Let's get rid of single use plastic bags in Orange County!

Project Description

San Clemente and Dana Hills High School students participated in the Day Without a Bag Day in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter. The event took place at Ralph's in San Clemente. 

Check out this great video courtesy of the San Clemente Times

Concrete Goals

Raise Awareness at retail and grocery outlets aimed at the general public as well as retail staff on the environmental impacts of single use plastic bags while encouraging the use of reusable bags.

Hand out reusable bags as alternatives.

Specific Plan

Identify Event Locations including making sure it was legal to be on the premises

Recruit 30 people to participate

Identify two spokespeople for the event to speak with the press.  Make sure they have all the information needed so they are well versed

Have handouts available to distribute about Rise Above Plastics and Day Without a Bag

Notify the press about the event

Project Leaders

Madi was our SCHS Club Chair and focused the clubs efforts on our Rise Above Plastics Campaign. In addition to this effort she has testified to the San Clemente City Council and state representatives in Sacramento. 

Lulu is the our current DHHS Club Chair and has been active in our Rise Above Plastics Campaign.  She has actively participated in numerous outreach efforts as the "Bag Monster".  She has also met with state representatives in Sacramento. 

Promotion & Documentation

Local Newspapers - San Clemente Times and Dana Point Times.

SOC Chapter's website

Facebook & Twitter outreach

Club email lists including Surfrider's general member list

Lunch tablings at their respective schools announcing the event

Capture event on video and posted to YouTube



South Orange County Chapter- Social Meeting, Member list and tabling materials

Secured reusable bags from South Orange County Chapter as donation