Plastic Pollution
October 03 2011

Raptoberfest is here!!

by Bill Hickman

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 the Rise Above Plastics program.  Our goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and focus on finding solutions.

For the entire month of October the Surfrider Foundation and our friends at Rusty will be celebrating RAPTOBERFEST!  We’ll be sharing plastic related facts, as well as tips on how to reduce your individual plastic footprint.  Share your own tip on how to reduce your plastic footprint on Surfrider’s Facebook or Twitter page and you might win cool gear from Rusty!  Check out all of the details at

We also be offering a special RAPTOBERFEST membership package that includes a limited edition t-shirt for the regular membership price of $25!  At the $50 membership level you get all of the member benefits, limited edition t-shirt AND a ceramic Rise Above Plastics beer stein!!  CLICK HERE to check out the membership specials.

Raptoberfest kicked off this past weekend with a special One Foot At A Time cleanup day sponsored by Clif Bar.  Volunteers nationwide picked up plastic litter from beaches, parks and other special places then created cool mosaics with them to win cool prizes from Rusty.  Some early reports are coming back from places like South Padre Island in Texas that show it was a great success.  Thanks to all that participated!