Category Archives: Rise Above Plastics

Reusable Bags 4 Youth 2016-2017

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Our Reusable Bags 4 Youth Program is starting up again for the 2016-2017 school year. Elementary school students spend time researching and learning about the dangers of plastic pollution in our waterways and then we provide them with the tool to help them and their families Rise Above Plastics with a reusable shopping bag provided by Surfrider Foundation, Virginia Beach… Read more »

Fisherman Island Clean Up

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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 »