South Jersey Chapter

Rise Above Plastics Program

Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean.  After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results.  Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.

Our mission is to reduce 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.

We encourage YOU to help address these globlal issues locally with plastic reductions at home, school, work and for your entire community.

Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue.  Join us in protecting the coast and Rise Above Plastics!  Get involved by supporting the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey’s Rise Above Plastics Campaigns and Programs:

  • Connect with Rise Above Plastics by attending a Surfrider Foundation Chapter meeting or following ‘RAP’ on Facebook / Twitter. 

  • Get involved with your local chapter and/or spread the word to friends and family about the problems with plastics. 

  • Be a leader and have the biggest impact by directing a plastic reduction program at school/work or a plastic reduction ordinance with you local city council.

Check out our Rise Above Plastics Activist Toolkit for detailed tips and ideas.

10 Quick Tips To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

  • Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water.  Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.

  • Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics.  Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.

  • Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.

  • Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them.  A great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.

  • Go digital!  No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.

  • Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.

  • Recycle.  If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics.  Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.

  • Volunteer at a beach cleanup.  Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.

  • Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.

  • Spread the word.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!