Plastic Pollution
September 17 2013

Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

by Bill Hickman

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 in their daily lives.

As part of “Rise Above Plastics Month,” the Surfrider Foundation and Teva will host the 3rd Annual “One Foot At A Time” plastic cleanup and art contest. This unique contest challenges participants to collect one square foot of trash from their beach or community, and then use that material to create a unique mosaic sculpture using one of the six downloadable templates on the “Rise Above Plastics Month” website. Surfrider Foundation will judge the photos of the submissions and the top picks will win a host of cool gear from Teva, Firewire Surfboards and the Surfrider Foundation.

We are encouraging Surfrider Chapters and others to participate by hosting a beach cleanup or including the One Foot At A Time contest as part of an already planned cleanup in October.  Maximize participation and awareness of your event by promoting it on Facebook with this cover photo or by printing out an event flyer that you could post around town.  We’d love to help get the word out about your event on our website and social media so please email event info to!

Surfrider Foundation will also offer a “Rise Above Plastics Month” membership special so that those who join, renew or donate can ”Green Your Halloween.” From October 1 – 15, those who join or renew their Surfrider Foundation membership or make a donation for $35 will receive two Halloween-themed reusable ChicoBags. These are the compact reusable bags that started it all for ChicoBag. They are easy to remember, and the Original design makes it east to stow by featuring an integrated pouch that allows the entire bag to fit easily into one’s pocket. These “frightfully” exciting reusable bags feature a fun Halloween-image on one side and the Surfrider Foundation logo on the other, and can be used for Trick-or-Treating, grocery shopping or picking up trash at a “One Foot At A Time” cleanup.

For more information on the Surfrider Foundation’s “Rise Above Plastics Month” presented by Teva, including information on “One Foot At A Time” and the membership special, please visit