Plastic Pollution
October 17 2012

RAPTOBER - A Month Long Challenge to Rise Above Plastics

by Bill Hickman

For the entire month of October the Surfrider Foundation is celebrating Raptober.  We’re sharing plastic related facts, as well as tips on how to reduce your individual plastic footprint in an effort to raise awareness about the need to Rise Above Plastics to help protect the marine environment.  RIGHT NOW there is a special Surfrider Foundation RAPtober membership package so it's the perfect time to join or renew your membership.  All month long you can share your own tip on how to reduce your plastic footprint on Surfrider’s Facebook or Twitter page for a chance to win cool gear from Rusty!

RAPtober membership package:  During the week of October 15th, join or renew your membership to the Surfrider Foundation for just $30 and we’ll give you your  choice of men’s wallet or women’s pocketbook by The People’s Movement.  Handmade from upcycled plastic bags collected from the beaches and oceans in Bali, every wallet and pocketbook unique in its colors and patterns; a true one of a kind piece.  Surfrider Foundation’s RAPtober membership special is on sale FOR THIS WEEK ONLY!

One Foot At A Time plastic cleanup contest: This fun and exciting event, will bring together volunteers from across the country to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution by removing pieces of plastic trash from our environment one square foot at a time, and the collected material to create unique mosaic sculptures.  Participants will then be asked to then photograph and share their sculptures with the world. Surfrider Foundation will be awarding their favorite submissions with a host of prizes courtesy of our friends at Rusty and The People’s Movement.  Join a local Surfrider beach cleanup or simply participate on your own at your local beach, park or special place.  Click Here for all of the details and maybe you could win big like last year's grand prize contestent!

Why host RAPtober?  Plastics have undoubtedly helped us to manufacture, package and ship goods more easily, for less money, and in some cases more safely than ever before.  But plastics pose a significant threat to our planet as well.  The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare.  Plastics do not biodegrade.  Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, into smaller and smaller pieces.  When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc – killing millions of birds and animals annually.

In response to this problem, the Surfrider Foundation founded its Rise Above Plastics campaign.  Our goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and focus on finding solutions.