It's Raptoberfest time
It's RAPTOBERFEST time.
The Surfrider Foundation will share plastic-related facts, including 10 ways to reduce your plastic footprint. Among them, of course, are using a reusable, stainless steel bottle instead of single-use plastic water bottles, bringing your own grocery bags, and saying no to pre-packaged single-serve portions. Plastic bags are the "modern-day tumbleweed," according to Surfrider. More than 24 billion pounds of plastic packaging is produced in the U.S. annually and almost immediately discarded after use.
I bring my own bags to the grocery store and am happy to report that the "plastic monster" under my kitchen sink is gone. A few stray ones here and there make it into the house, and they're recycled or reused. I try to bring my own bag to department stores as well, when I can. I also bring a reusable cup for my weekday iced latte fix, but could do better about not losing the reusable straw.
Here on Oahu, the Surfrider Foundation is holding a beach cleanup at Pokai Bay from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 9. While the photo above is from a mainland beach, rest assured that the same plastic spills out of trash cans at local beaches here (see pic above) — just go to pretty much any local beach on a weekend and you will see it firsthand.
So hold up your glass of beer, and help celebrate RAPTOBERFEST this month!