Raptoberfest fights plastic pollution

October 3, 2011 | Environment
Raptoberfest: say no to plastic

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. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare.

Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc – killing millions of birds and animals annually.

In response to this problem, the Surfrider Foundation founded its Rise Above Plastics campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and focus on finding solutions.

For the entire month of October the Surfrider Foundation and Rusty will be celebrating Raptoberfest. They’ll be sharing plastic related facts, as well as tips on how to reduce your individual plastic footprint.

To kick things off, on Saturday, October 1st, Surfrider Foundation and Clif Bar will be hosting the "One Foot at a Time" plastic clean-up effort – where volunteers across the country will be working to remove plastic waste from the environment one square foot at a time.

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