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Plastics do not biodegrade, but instead break down into small particles that persist in the ocean, absorb toxins, and enter our food chain through fish and other marine life.

Plastic is the most common type of marine littler worldwide. Up to 80% of the plastic in our oceans come from land based sources.

Change begins onshore. It begins with you.

Rise Above Plastics Month is a month-long initiative calling you — the public — to reduce your plastic footprint and raise awareness about the harmful effects caused by single-use plastics in our marine and coastal environments.

Throughout October, the Surfrider Foundation will ‘Rise Above Plastics’ by providing tips on how you can reduce your plastic footprint and simple ways to implement change in your daily routine. Take the Rise Above Plastics pledge to commit to using less plastics every day.

You can also join your local Surfrider Chapter’s annual plastic trash cleanup and enter Surfrider’s Plastic Art Contest. Show your creativity and help to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution. Enter to have a chance to win an epic prize pack including a Firewire Tibertek surfboard or Bureo skateboard, Spy + Surfrider Helm Sunglasses, ChicoBag and Surfrider gear.

Get the facts, take the pledge, find a beach cleanup and enter the Plastic Art Contest — and encourage your friends to join the fun!


The Rise Above Plastics program (RAP) is the Surfrider Foundation’s response to the problem of plastic litter in our ocean and marine environments. The goal of the program is to educate the public on the impacts single-use plastics have on marine environments, and how individuals can make changes in their daily lives and within their communities that will stem the flow of plastics into the environment. RAP also calls upon people to reduce their plastic footprint by reducing or eliminating the use of products such as single-use plastic water bottles and plastic bags.

Download the Rise Above Plastics Activist Toolkit to learn more and get involved.

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