The fight single-use plastic waste brings in new supports each and every day, thanks to the work of environmental groups. OkStraw Paper Straws would like to recognize a true guardian of our hometown San Diego’s beaches: The Surfrider Foundation.
Founded in 1984, Surfrider is headquartered in California, and has chapters throughout the US, Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, and several countries. The Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego County chapter dedicates itself to protect its 72 miles of coastline. As beach-going San Diegans, we at OkStraw Paper Straws owe our deepest gratitude to Surfirder’s tireless work.
The Surfrider Foundation fights against single-use plastic waste through its Rise Above Plastic campaign.
Stop Plastic Waste at the Source
Part of the fight against trash harming marine animals is to stop it before it can enter the ocean. Surfrider hosts regular beach cleanups, removing over 31,000 pounds of trash in just the past two years. As important as beach cleanups are, however, we need to stop wasting plastic to begin with. Small steps like replacing plastic straws and bags with paper straws and bags keeps our beaches cleaner and healthier.
The Surfrider Foundation fights against single-use plastic waste through its Rise Above Plastic campaign. Surfrider has a list on its website of ten ways people can fight single-use plastic waste, including supporting plastic bag bans, bringing your own mug or beverage container, and cutting down on plastic packaging and straws. Keeping San Diego’s beaches and its marine animals healthy and safe is a monumental responsibility. We at OkStraw do our part to kick single-use plastics, one straw at a time.
Surfrider hosts an online pledge to stop using single-use plastic straws.
Surfrider maintains a list of local restaurants and cafes that qualify as Ocean Friendly Restaurants. Ocean Friendly Restaurants must follow proper recycling practices, they cannot use polystyrene containers, single-use tableware, or plastic bags. Ocean Friendly Restaurants must only offer straws on request.
Surfrider of San Diego County also hosts an online pledge people can sign to stop using single-use plastic straws. At OkStraw Paper Straws, ending the plastic straw is part of our company’s mission.
Surfrider of San Diego County also focuses on publicly advocating for the pollution issue affecting beaches in the border region. Sewage runoff from Tijuana, Mexico poses a serious health hazard to beachgoers on both sides of the border, causing beaches such as Rosarito, Coronado, Imperial Beach to be closed to the public. With no action being taken by the federal government, it is up to nonprofits like the Surfrider Foundation to raise the alarm, and combat this health threat to both San Diego County’s and Mexico’s beaches.
From campaigning to end single-plastics waste, advocating public action against coastal pollution, to hosting trash cleanups, the Surfrider Foundation takes a holistic approach to protect San Diego County’s Beaches. All of these efforts are a reminder that while the cause to end plastic waste is a major effort in itself, it’s just one of many battles that must be waged to protect our planet’s rivers, lakes and oceans. We at OkStraw Paper Straws would like to extend greatest appreciation to nonprofits like the Surfrider Foundation for fighting to keep San Diego America’s Finest City.