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.
SB 270 has passed the California State Legislature, a bill to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags. The bill is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for a final sign-off. This precedent-setting bill is the first bag ban to make it through a state legislature! Check out this blog post by our Legal Director, Angela Howe, for more information about the bill. While the legislature has acted, we are still waiting for the Governor to sign the bill into law. If you are a California state resident, please send a letter to Governor Brown asking him to “Ban the Bag” here.
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:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
- 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.
- Go digital! There is no need for CDs and DVDs when you can buy your music and videos online.
- Seek out alternatives to plastic items.
- 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.
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup. For a list of our beach cleanups, click here.
- Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!