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Surfrider Activists Urge Residents to Participate in Rise Above Plastics Day

DATE 6/24/14

Contact: Jason Rubin, Rise Above Plastics Co-Chair
Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter
Phone: (949) 235-7419

Surfrider Activists Urge Residents to Participate in Rise Above Plastics Day

San Diego, CA – Surfrider Foundation activists are urging City of San Diego residents to participate in the organization’s annual Rise Above Plastics Day on Thursday, June 26th by using reusable bags instead of plastic checkout bags.  Volunteers will be at four locations, from 5-8pm, handing out 5,000 free reusable grocery bags to shoppers.  The reusable bags were donated by the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department.

Ralph’s in Pacific Beach – 4315 Mission Blvd.
University Town Center Mall – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. (near Season’s 52 restaurant)
Von’s in Mira Mesa – 8130 Mira Mesa Blvd.
Northgate Market in Otay Mesa – 2909 Coronado Ave.

Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics Day is a grassroots educational outreach event designed to raise awareness and educate consumers about the impact that plastics have on our environment, health, and economy.  Participate by remembering your reusable bags and if you happen to have a few extra ones, give them away to a friend or stranger to show your commitment to protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches.  Or stop by one of our locations for a free bag.

"The goal of Rise Above Plastics Day is to inform the public about the harms of plastics in our marine environment, while promoting the habit of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store to help reduce the impact of single-use plastics.  We also strongly support an ordinance on plastic checkout bags and want to help prepare the public for this change by giving away free reusable bags," states Jason Rubin, Rise Above Plastics Co-Chair.

Each year, San Diego residents use approximately 500 million plastic checkout bags and less than five percent are recycled.  Plastic checkout bags are made from non-renewable resources and have significant disposal and cleanup costs.  Furthermore, plastics do not biodegrade, instead they break down into small pieces which are easily transported, litter our environment, and often mistaken for food by wildlife.  The impact of plastics on our marine environment and our community is significant and we have the option to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags—why not make a conscious effort to Rise Above Plastics everyday?

To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program, or to volunteer for a Day Without a Bag, visit or contact Jason Rubin at or (949) 235-7419.