Rise Above Plastics

Rise Above Plastics - Save the Ocean

  • What goes in the ocean goes in you.
  • Plastics kills 1.5 million marine animals each year.
  • Marine animals that survive from eating plastic, we could end up eating them.
  • Source: Surf Rider

The ocean is turning into a plastic soup.

Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres – a system of circulating currents in an ocean – concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.

Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue. Join us in protecting the coast and Rise Above Plastics! Check out the resources on these ‘RAP’ program pages, then get involved with your local Surfrider Foundation Chapter to help protect the coasts and oceans.

Plastic—it’s all around us.

It’s in our homes, our offices, our vehicles, our yards, our playgrounds. We use it to package food, bottle products, bag produce, make dinnerware and utensils, make toys….

Plastics have undoubtedly helped us to manufacture, package and ship goods more easily, for less money, and in some cases more safely than ever before.

But, plastics pose a significant threat to our planet as well.

Part of the problem is plastic itself. The very qualities that make it an adaptable and durable product to use, also make plastic an environmental nightmare. You see, plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they photodegrade – breaking down under exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, into smaller and smaller pieces.

Bottom line: with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated, virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.

Rise Above Plastics Mission

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.

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 Surfrider Foundation Chapter meeting or following ‘RAP’ (Rise Above Plastics) on Facebook / Twitter.
  2. Get involved with your local chapter and/or 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 for detailed tips and ideas.

Eleven Ways To Rise Above Plastics

Be sure to check out the infographic above which provides eleven easy things you can do to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment.