By Nina Wu
It's Raptoberfest time.
That's the Rise Above Plastics version of Oktoberfest. The Surfrider Foundation kicked off the second annual "Raptober" celebration earlier last week - it's a month-long effort to educate and inspire the public to eliminate plastic waste from our oceans.
"Each year millions of seabirds, fish and marine mammals die due to ingestion of, or entanglement in plastic," said Bill Hickman, Surfrider Foundation's Rise Above Plastic Program Coordinator. "By dedicating the entire month of October toward educating the public on the effects of marine plastics, we hope to jump start their desire to reduce their own personal plastic footprints and the amount of litter reaching our seas."
Some simple things you can do (as illustrated by Raptoberfest cartoons) include:
>> If you see a friend drinking out of a plastic water bottle, encourage them to switch to a reusable water bottle.
>> If you see a a friend using a single-use plastic bag, offer them a reusable bag.
>> During the week of Oct. 15, join or renew your membership to the Surfrider Foundation for a discount of $30 and get a wallet or pocketbook handmade from upcycled plastic bags collected from Bali beaches.
Read more at "10 Ways" to reduce your plastic footprint.
Participate in the "One Foot at a Time" plastic cleanup challenge again. Here's how it works: Participants collect one square foot of trash from their beach or community, then use the material to create a unique mosaic sculpture using one of five downloadable templates on the Foundation's Raptober event website.
The Foundation will judge photo submissions of the sculptures. Winners get cool surfgear, including a surfboard, from Rusty.
Visit www.raptober.org for more about the contest.