Plastic Pollution, Bag Bans, Updates, CA Bag ban
October 16 2016

Reusable Bag Day is Thursday October 20th!

by Bill Hickman

Reusable Bag Day is an educational grassroots event hosted by the Surfrider Foundation and other groups. We are asking shoppers to give up plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags to help protect the ocean and keep California beautiful one bag at a time. At least ten of Surfrider’s California Chapters will be at local stores on Thursday handing out reusable bags.    

Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050! Single-use plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, are one of the most frequently cited items picked up at beach cleanups. Plastic poses a major threat to our marine environment, ecosystems and marine life. It’s now being found in seafood that can eventually land on our plates. A major problem with plastic is that it doesn’t biodegrade. It photodegrades and breaks into smaller pieces, meaning that virtually every piece of plastic ever produced still exists today in some form. It’s estimated that there are over 5.25 trillion particles of plastic spread throughout the oceans.

One easy solution to help reduce the plastic pollution that is impacting our ocean and marine life, is to replace plastic check-out bags with reusable bags. Surfrider Foundation volunteers will be at various locations in CA on Thursday, Oct. 20th, handing out free reusable bags to shoppers! Get your reusable bags now and remember to vote YES on Proposition 67 for a statewide plastic bag ban.