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France Bans the Bag!

bag_oceanSurfrider Foundation activists and environmentalists are rising above plastics around the world.  With the help of Surfrider Foundation Europe, France has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags and disposable tableware.  According to the European Commission, one French person on average uses about 80 plastic bags a year.  This represents about 17 billion plastic bags – including […]

Sea-Worn Trash Art with Surfrider Activist Pam Longobardi

2014_9_Spout_ph1_WBPam Longobardi despises her artistic medium of choice. She considers it a global scourge that’s both tangibly harmful and potently symbolic of how our runaway consumerism is killing the planet. Longobardi makes art out of plastic–specifically, out of sea-worn trash that she’s hauled from beaches worldwide. She transforms the flotsam into powerful pieces, including the […]

Rise Above the Single-Use Habit with ChicoBag!

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 5.15.54 PMChicoBag aims to ‘rise above plastics’ by encouraging humanity to end its single-use habit — that is, the wasteful, throw-away habit that overflows our landfills and clogs our oceans.  By advocating for waste reduction and designing high quality, long lasting reusable bags, ChicoBag helps keep our oceans, waves and beaches healthy and plastic-free.  What’s more—  […]

Vancouver Island Activists ‘Comb the Coast’

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 3.34.15 PMNeed some inspiration to get involved this Rise Above Plastics Month?  Look no further than the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Chapter.  Each year, the British Columbia-based Chapter raises funds to bring a crew of volunteers to an out-of-the-way spot on the coast for a few days to camp, surf and collect as much trash and […]

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ Surf Off

RAP14_HBSB_22This past weekend, Surfrider Foundation supporters attended the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Surf Off” competition.  The “RRR Surf Off” encouraged competitors to learn about ongoing issues of litter on local city streets and beaches, pollution in the oceans, and focused on bringing family, friends and the community together for a fun-filled day at the beach. In conjunction […]

It’s Official! CA Gov. Brown Signs Bag Ban Bill

shutterstock_51415879On the eve of Rise Above Plastics Month, California’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags has become official. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270, the bill to ban single-use plastic bags and put a fee on paper bags. This is a historic victory that began at the grassroots level with constant pressure from local Surfrider Foundation […]

Plastic Fishnet Removal on Kauai Coasts

nets Anahola pickupSurfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter activists are making the most of a marine debris grant from the Hawaii Department of Health — over the past 13 months, volunteers removed over 13.4 tons of plastic fishing nets that had washed up along Kauai’s coastline.  But, the cleanup efforts didn’t stop there.  The group continued their coastal restoration efforts […]

Eco-Friendly Frames

SPYThis October, our parters at SPY ‘rise above plastics’ with their eco-friendly Recompose Sunglass Collection!  The SPY + Surfrider Helm frame, the greenest sunglass frame ever made, is constructed from 100% biodegradable Plantate™, an all-natural plant polysaccharide material.  They’ve even incorporated recycled packaging, an organic cotton protective bag and soy inks into the collection.  The […]

HB/SB Chapter Removes Plastic from Beach during Coastal Cleanup Day

CCD_HBSurfrider activists picked up thousands of pounds of trash this past weekend during California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Over 480 volunteers attended the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter’s event, removing more than 475 pounds of trash from the beach and sorting it for proper disposal. Among the debris were countless pieces of plastic waste — straws, bottle caps, […]

One Foot at a Time Winners

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 10.50.38 AMSurfrider Foundation would like to extend a warm thanks to all who participated in the “One Foot at a Time” contest during our third annual “Rise Above Plastics Month!”  We had some amazing submissions, and enjoyed your passion and creativity.  Below, you can check out the top six winners for each of our  template designs, […]

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