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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.


October is Rise Above Plastics month, dedicated to raising awareness about the impact and danger of plastic pollution to our marine and coastal environments. Here’s what you can do:

Pledge to Rise Above Plastics
Change begins on shore – it starts with you. Learn the facts and take this pledge to use less plastic every day. Here are 10 ways you can reduce your footprint.

Plastic Art Contest Ro-trash-art-copy-600x800
Collect beach trash at a Surfrider cleanup or on your own, and turn it into art! Arrange, glue or puzzle pieces of plastic trash into a sculpture or a mosaic, then post a photo to Instagram #RiseAbovePlastics or email to The grand prize winner in the national contest will receive a Timbertek Firewire surfboard! Go to for ideas, rules and more information.
In addition, the San Diego chapter will be holding a local contest. Bring your artwork (or a photo of you with it if it’s bigger than a baby harbor seal) to next month’s Rise Above Plastics committee meeting on November 11th. The best piece, as judged by those in attendance, will win a prize and be featured on our webpage!

Tijuana River Action Month Cleanup, October 11th at 9am

Here’s your chaGoadCanyon_editednce to score some art-worthy plastic trash while removing a lot of garbage from Border Field State Park before it washes into the ocean. This is the final event of Tijuana River Action Month.
Come out to clean up and then join us for an after party. Sign up 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:

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!


 Help San Diego ban single use expanded polystyrene takeout and food containers!

Sign the petition today.




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