Plastic Pollution
September 30 2013

Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

by Bill Hickman

The Surfrider Foundation is excited to announce that “Rise Above Plastics Month” is underway!  The goal for October 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.  Two main components of the month long efforts are the One Foot At A Time plastic pollution cleanup contest and a special Surfrider Foundation membership package!

As part of “Rise Above Plastics Month,” the Surfrider 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 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.

Surfrider 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 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 logo on the other, and can be used for Trick-or-Treating, grocery shopping, etc.

For more information on the Surfrider Foundation’s “Rise Above Plastics Month”, please visit