The mission of the Rise Above Plastics program is to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.


Giant Black Sea Bass by Lynn Wade


Lynn Wade handily won our local RAP Month Plastic Art Contest with her entry “Giant Black Sea Bass”. Here’s what the artist had to say about her work:

I chose the Giant Black Sea Bass as the main image because of its protected status. I feel lucky to have seen them while snorkeling at La Jolla Cove.  I have also noticed how attractive things like plastic bags and balloons look while waving colorfully in the water currents.  Understanding that sea life mistakes these objects for something edible, my intention is to illustrate the attractiveness and danger of plastics along with other trash in the ocean environment.  Any organism depending on the ocean encounters plastic and trash routinely. 
The items were collected at Ocean Beach,  San Diego and Oceanside Harbor while my son surfed.  Our family is avidly interested in various water activities.  We always leave the beach cleaner than we found it and participate in various clean up and awareness activities.

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Rise Above Plastic Grassroots Goals

We encourage YOU to help address these global issues locally with plastic reductions at home, school, work and for your entire community:

1. Connect with Rise Above Plastics by attending a Chapter meeting or follow our Facebook page.

2. Get involved and spread the word to friends and family about the problems with plastics.

3. Be a leader and have the biggest impact by directing a plastic reduction program at school/work or a plastic reduction ordinance with you local city council.

Check out the Rise Above Plastics Activist Toolkit under Resources for detailed tips and ideas.


Ten Ways To Rise Above Plastics

Here are ten easy things you can do to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment:

  1. Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water.  Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
  2. Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other disposable plastics.  Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at BBQs, potlucks and take-out restaurants.
  3. Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
  4. Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them.  A great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
  5. Go digital! There is no need for CDs and DVDs when you can buy your music and videos online.
  6. Seek out alternatives to plastic items.
  7. Recycle.  If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics.  Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
  8. Volunteer at a beach cleanup.  For a list of our beach cleanups, click here.
  9. Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
  10. Spread the word.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!


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