Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.
Plastic production fuels the climate crisis with increased greenhouse gas emissions and damages local communities where plastic is made with toxic air and water pollution.
Despite false and misleading claims by the makers of plastics, we cannot recycle our way out of this problem. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. plastic recycling rate is an anemic 8%. Instead more than 90% of plastics in the United States is buried, burned or released into the environment.
The solution to plastic pollution is simple: Reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic produced.
Surfrider LA is a founding member of the Reusable LA coalition that is working to advance upstream policies that shift our throwaway culture to one of reuse and refill economy.
You can learn more and get involved below.