HUGE Thanks to the Day Without a Bag Volunteers!

What in incredible day to make reusable bags out of old t-shirts!  A big thanks to all of the awesome volunteers that took a ton of time out of their schedules to make this event happen.  Thanks to Humboldt Baykeeper for partnering with us in this really exciting event.  Check out pictures from the event on their FB page:

Thanks to all the grocers that invited us to table: Wildberries, Eureka Natural Foods, Ray’s Arcata and McKinleyville.  Thanks to Sandy and MaryLou Flippin for their generous donation of ink and to the Eureka Rescue Mission Thrift Store for donating t-shirts.  Finally, thanks to all the people that signed our petition for the bag ban and that care about our marine environment.  You people rock!


Day Without a Bag Today! Bring a T-Shirt and We Will Make You a Bag! 11AM – 1PM

Today!  Bring your old t-shirts into Eureka Natural Foods, Wildberries, Ray’s Eureka, Ray’s Arcata from 11AM-1PM.  Volunteers from Surfrider Humboldt, and Humboldt Baykeeper  will transform them into a re-usable shopping bag and screen print the Ban the Bag Humboldt logo onto them.   Remember to sign the petition for a local ban on single use plastic bags.  Check out other Day Without a Bag events happening today  in California here.

Check out the carbon footprint of single-use plastic bags in Arcata

Lonny Grafman and his students in Engineering at HSU determined that 3-5 million plastic bags are used annually in Arcata!  Yikes!  Follow the link to the website to an interactive database where you can manipulate the input data and observe the outcomes.

Big thanks to Dr. Grafman and his students for compiling this compelling data.

Surfrider Joins Coastal Currents on KHUM Today! Tomorrow is Day Without a Bag!

Listen to Coastal Currents on KHUM today at noon to hear all about Day Without a (disposable) Bag.  Tomorrow, Thursday, December 15 from 11AM – 1PM, Humblodt Baykeeper and Surfrider will have tables at four grocery stores in Humboldt asking shoppers to forgo disposable bags.  The fun begins when YOU the shopper brings in old t-shirts and WE the volunteers cut and sew them into a reusable bag and screen print them with our “Ban the Bag Humboldt” logo.  If you want the logo on a t-shirt to wear, bring in a shirt and we will screen print it for free!  Bring your friends and family! Please donate your old t-shirts for the event!

Locations Are: 11AM – 1 PM at Eureka Natural Foods, Wildberries, Rays Arcata and Ray’s Mckinleyville.

Great Turnout for Mad River Beach Clean-up!

Thanks to all the volunteers who rallied on Saturday out to Surfriders Mad River beach clean-up.  Volunteers raked through several left over beach fires and collected thousands of nails with magnets.  We even found piles of burnt plastic and furniture..yikes!  By the end of the clean-up the beach was in much better shape!  Thanks again!

The thousands of nails found from beach fires are left over from people burning wood pallets. Burnt pallets leave a mess of nails making it unsafe to walk on the beach.

If you missed out on this months clean-up take note that Surfrider has a clean-up on the second saturday of each month.  Next month is our adopt-a-highway clean-up  on January 14.  We meet North of Trinidad off  HWY 101 on Seawood Drive road exit.  We always provide supplies!

Gear Swap Tonight at Far North Climbing Gym during Arts Arcata!

Come by the Far North Climbing Gym on 10th St. in Arcata during Arts Alive for the Annual Gear Swap.  Buy, sell, trade, reuse, recycle!  Stop by the Surfrider table and sign our petition to bag single-use plastic bags in Humboldt County.  This is a great party you will not want to miss.  See you there!

Clean the Beach. Get a t-shirt.

If you’ve been contemplating spending this Saturday morning helping to clean Mad River Beach, the Tobacco Education Network has offered an incentive.  Come on down and help save the ocean’s creatures by collecting trash and the Network people will send you home with an über-cool t-shirt.

Meet us at Mad River Beach at 10:00 am.  We’ll have bags for paper, butts and plastic trash as well as rakes and magnets to clear nails from firepits.  I promise that, after you’ve filled a 5-gallon bucket with old nails, never again will you burn pallets on the beach.