A challenge to reduse your plastic footprint!
Take a step in the right direction with these 10 easy ways to get started:
Stop using plastic grocery bags. Each year over one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. Because these bags are so light and thin, they are easily carried by the wind out into the environment. Instead of taking a plastic bag when you shop, use reusable bags like the Halloween-themed Surfrider Foundation ChicoBags to get your groceries and other purchases home.
Stop using single-use plastic water bottles. In nearly all cases, the water out of your tap is just as safe – if not safer – than the water distributed in single-use plastic bottles. Instead, buy and use a reusable bottle and fill it with water.
Use a reusable travel mug each time you fill up for coffee (or tea). Use a reusable travel mug or to-go cup for your coffee, tea or other beverage purchases. Think of all the lids (as well as the waxed paper cups) you’ll save.
Recycle! In those instances where you must use plastic, please make sure to recycle it. Most plastics can be upcycled to make cool and useful items.
Reusable containers are rad! When it comes to lunch and leftovers, ditch the plastic bag and use reusable containers instead. Reusable containers are just as easy to use and far less harmful to the planet.
Buy food in bulk. Buying food in bulk helps to reduce the total amount of packaging materials consumed.
Always look for alternative packaging. Many items such as soft drinks, detergent, cat litter, etc. come in alternate packaging (such as aluminum or cardboard) that can be more easily recycled than plastic.
Say “NO” to pre-packaged single-serving portions. These types of products are among the worst when it comes to excess packaging.
Buy and sell secondhand. Clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, household supplies, sporting goods and many other consumer items can often be found through secondhand sources, thereby reducing the amount of new plastic entering the waste stream.
Join in our “One Foot At A Time” cleanup event. Help us remove 1,000 feet of plastic pollution from our marine environment. Check out the event page for more details and how to get involved.
SR Galveston and the the 4 additional Texas Surfrider Chapters are working hard locally and in Austin to protect our rights to open beachs. We are working on a central hub for information specifically dealing with TOBA and will update you as we know more. Send us an email to see what you can do to help!
SR Galveston began the Monofilament recycling program in 2011. The Galveston Parks Board has since taken on this initative.
SR Galveston now maintains 4 recycling staions; 29st St. Jetty, 33st St. Jetty, 37th St. Jetty, and 39st Jetty.
We need your help.
Who: members wanting to serve the oceans
What: maintenance of a monofilament collection bin
When: monthly checking of a single bin the week of our monthly chapter meeting
Where: the jetties between 29th and 39th you only need to check one ( as of now 37th and 39th are being checked)
Why: monofilament or fishing line not only is unsightly but also tangles around sea animals and surfers too. Clean oceans means happy beach goers and ocean lovers.
CONTACT Courtney Lee, email@example.com
SR Galveston partners with Island Paddle and the Mauli Ola Foundation, which began as a group of surfers who banded together to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis.
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