Category Archives: Rise Above Plastics

Fisherman Island Clean Up

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Ryan on Fisherman Island

By Ryan Miller, Surfrider Foundation, Virginia Beach Chapter volunteer Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is a barrier island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Normally its gates are closed and beaches are not accessible to the public, for the protection of the natural habitats of its animals, including various birds and sea life…. Read more »

October is Rise Above Plastics Month!

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“Plastic lasts forever. It doesn’t biodegrade, and no naturally occurring organisms can break it down. As a result, churning in the five oceanic gyres is an estimated 100 million tons of marine litter which is there to stay. What’s more, an estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter enter the ocean each year.  This plastic pollution entangles, or is ingested… Read more »

Plastic vs. metal razors!

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It’s time to trade in your plastic razor and for a nostalgic, vintage-style metal razor!! The only part you have to replace is the razor blade itself, which costs approximately $10 for 100 replacements! Can you imagine the savings? That’s 0.10 cents per replacement and no plastic waste! I’ve found several companies that offer plastic free packaging! The razor is metal and much heavier… Read more »

International Coastal Cleanup Day

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It’s International Coastal Cleanup Time! Every year, volunteers from around the world participate in a cleanup that clears beaches and waterways of debris while recording data that contributes to knowledge of types of debris affecting our waterways and what needs to be done about it. The Ocean Conservancy has been leading the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) for almost 30 years and… Read more »



Rant by Christina Trapani, Rise Above Plastics Coordinator, Marine Debris Researcher This may be something you’ve never thought about: the second you let go of a helium filled balloon, you have littered. You may have never intentionally littered before and would never dream of doing so, but releasing balloons = littering. With graduation season approaching, this is a reminder to all kids… Read more »

Preventing Cigarette Litter at the Beach

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The Virginia Beach Chapter is participating in a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in partnership with Clean Virginia Waterways, the Virginia Beach Hotel Association, Virginia Green and Keep America Beautiful. This unique pilot project is taking place at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront where several boardwalk hotels are being provided with cigarette butt receptacles, pocket ashtrays and educational materials for their guests…. Read more »