#PlasticPollutes

Where is Away?

May 2011

Have you ever tried going a single day without using plastic? It ain’t easy…In this short film, we take a trip to the north shore of Oahu to see how our use of single-use disposable plastics is connected to Hawaiians, marine-life, and the environment as a whole, and what we can do to help solve plastic pollution.

Here are some mind-boggling facts for you to consider:

  • Yankee Stadium can be filled 3 times in one day with the trash that is disposed of in New York City alone
  • The amount of plastic produced from 2000 – 2010 exceeds the amount produced during the entire last century
  • 60,000 plastic bags are consumed in the US every 5 minutes
  • 2 million plastic bottles are consumed in the US every 5 minutes
  • 6 million pieces of trash enter the ocean every single day (most of it plastic)

Want to change this? Check out our “Take Action” and “Resources” section on this page to get involved!

Take Action

Take Action Now

1

Share this video.

The more people who know about this issue, the more effective we can be.

2

Lead a Less Plastic Life.

Here are a few easy changes you can make:

  • Carry reusable shopping bags.
  • Ditch bottled water. Drink out of reusable bottles or glass jars.
  • Stop using plastic produce bags. Cloth bags are a good option.
  • Put food in reusable containers instead of plastic bags. Leave the containers in your car so you can use them when needed at your local grocery store, deli, or restaurant.
3

Help Pass an Ordinance for Plastic Reduction In Your Community.

The Rise Above Plastics Action Toolkit by the Surfrider Foundation is a great resource to get you started.
Download the toolkit here.

4

For Educators & Students: Use the “Bag It” Education Packet to Learn More & Promote Change.

We encourage you to watch the documentary, Bag It, and use their curriculum toolkit to further explore the problems and solutions to plastic pollution.

ToolKit

Order a Toolkit

There are several toolkits available online for free!
Bag It: Screening ToolKit
Surfrider Rise Above Plastics Action Toolkit

Host A Show

Want to host a screening? Great! Here are 5 steps to get started:

1

Setup a computer and stream it online with friends in the room.

If you can’t make this happen we would be happy to mail a DVD, it just might take some time because there’s a good change we’ll be out shooting on location for a new film.

2

Choose your space.

You can show the film in your backyard, living room, school, university, church, library…wherever…just make sure there’s a power supply!

3

Set up the technology.

The space you choose will determine the technology you need. The basic components are: power supply, computer with hi-res digital copy of movie, speakers, digital projector or TV, appropriate cables, and screen. If your space doesn’t have all the necessary components, you can rent equipment on the cheap.

The basics: connect the video signal from your computer to the projector/TV; connect the audio signal from your computer to the speakers/TV. If you’re renting a projector, the company can tell you the details of how it works. Easy peasy!

4

Host the event, discuss, and take pictures!

This is the fun part. Enjoy and don’t forget to take pictures of the screening!

5

Send us your pictures!

Let us know how your screening went… email pictures to kyle@surfingforchange.com and tag us in social media posts on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/surfingforchange
Instagram: http://instagram.com/surfing4change

Other Resources

Find out more

Bag It

http://www.bagitmovie.com/
Great documentary and educational website.

Rise Above Plastics

http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/rise-above-plastics
Great campaign by the Surfrider Foundation.

Plastic Pollution Coalition

http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/
A global alliance of individuals, organizations, and businesses working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts.