WHEN: Now until Earth Day, April 22, 2018.
WHERE: San Diego, city wide + Bird’s Surf Shed: 1091 W Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
WHAT: The Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter is announcing the launch of a movement in San Diego. With the launch of the Plastic Straws Campaign, Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics & Ocean Friendly Restaurants program are moving towards the City of San Diego to pass an ordinance mandating “straws by request only” and eventually a “plastic straw ban” in service establishments. In order to accomplish this and generate awareness, we are launching a “PLASTIC STRAWS SUCK” CAMPAIGN.
VISUALS: We are calling all hands on deck to inspire volunteer participation, educate consumers to take the pledge: No Straw Pledge (Click Here) and enroll organizations service establishments to only offer straws by request or better yet only offer paper straws if at all.
Current Ocean Friendly Restaurants will take the pledge to offer straws by request only and remove plastic straws from their restaurant. Surfrider has negotiated 50% off paper straws which equalizes the cost of plastic straws and paper.
New Ocean Friendly Restaurants will be registered into the program. 2018 goal of total Ocean Friendly Restaurants is 200 to have our 2nd celebration party: 200 Strong Ocean Friendly Restaurants.
Ocean Friendly Restaurant Blitz’s where volunteers will rally together to visit restaurants, talk to their owners about the campaign and get them to TAKE THE PLEDGE.
Speaking at local events and venues to share the campaign and initiative with the community.
Movie Screening of ‘Straws’ documentary April 6 2018 at Bird’s Surf Shed. The community will come together for the FUN: movie, beer, music with a purpose, and a panel discussion.
In response to increased plastic waste on beaches and in oceans, the Surfrider Foundation is launching plastic straw reduction/elimination campaigns around the world.
Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics & Ocean Friendly Restaurants programs will continue the policy campaign until either a “Straws Upon Request” ordinance or a “Plastic Straw Ban” is passed in the City of San Diego. Pledging restaurants will be entered to win a $1500 value Dreamshow Virtual Reality shoot of their restaurant.
WHY “PLASTIC STRAWS SUCK”?
–Straws are single use plastic made from petroleum
–500 million straws are used every day in the U.S which is enough straws to wrap around the Earth 2.5 times every day.
–Straws are rarely recycled or straw recycling is unavailable
–Straws are one of the most common items found during beach clean-ups
–Many customers do not want a straw, so why waste one?