The Toxicity of Surfing

The eco-friendly surf shop Envirosurfer created this really interesting infographic showing the impacts of surfing products and how they may be harming our environment . Check it out and let us know what you think.

Surfing Infographic by Envirosurfer

Created by Envirosurfer: Eco-friendly Wetsuits & Surf Clothing.

California, Ban the Foam!

What’s this all about?

California Senate Bill (SB) 568, introduced to help prevent foam litter in the marine environment, passed the CA State Senate in May and is headed to the State Assembly soon! Surfrider Foundation is a co-sponsor of this bill along with Clean Water Action and a big reason that this bill was able to make it through the State Senate was because of grassroots efforts from volunteers and supporters just like you!

What’s It Do?

SB 568 would prohibit a food vendor or restaurant from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a polystyrene foam food container starting in 2015. The compliance date for public schools would be one year later. The bill would also allow a city or school district that has a verifiable recycling program and recycles more than 60% of its foam foodware to continue to dispense food in foam after the ban goes in effect.

Why does it matter?

Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is pervasive in the marine environment and like most plastics, polystyrene is lightweight and floats. When littered, it can be carried from streets and through storm drains out to the ocean. 60-80 percent of all marine debris and 90 percent of floating debris are plastic. In the environment, the containers break down into smaller and smaller pieces and are easily mistaken for food by marine animals. On top of the plastic pollution issues, styrene was recently added to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services list of substances anticipated to cause cancer in humans.

How you can help:

1) Sign Surfrider’s online action alert which is updated for the State Assembly now.
2) Print out the petition and get signatures to help show support in your local community.
3) Follow Yes on SB 568 on facebook and suggest it to your friends!
4) Documenting foam litter that you see. More evidence is always helpful, you can email photos and stories to Surfrider Humboldt.

Cleaning Up Old Town, Saturday!

Clean Streets = Happy Oceans!

In an effort to promote community enhancement and encourage awareness of environmental issues, the City of Eureka will be sponsoring the City’s 5th Annual Mayday Community Clean Up Event.

Meet at the foot of C Street of Eureka on Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 P.M. Tobacco Free Humboldt will have a table where we will gather and plan our clean-up strategy. Volunteers will be picking up litter at Halvorson Park, Old Town, PALCO Marsh and Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary.

All necessary supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own re-usable gloves in an effort to reduce waste.

Let’s Team Up to Clean Up!

Happy Earth Day!

Be good to your Mama and her oceans!

Check out our Upcoming Events (to the right) to help us keep our lands beautiful!

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up, April 23rd

Feel like doing more than just looking at trash and wishing it would go away?  Well, here’s an easy way to get involved and do something about the problem.  Join Humboldt Surfrider volunteers with our Adopt-A-Highway clean-up!  It might not be a beach cleanup, but most trash finds its way into the oceans eventually.  We’ll be meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at the northbound 101 rest stop (a few of miles north of Trinidad, but before Patrick’s Point off-ramp). We’ll provide the gear. Must be 16 or over.

T-S: Humboldt County supervisors asking Humboldt Waste Management Authority to look at plastic bag ban

Donna Tam/The Times-Standard
Posted: 11/03/2010 01:51:28 AM PDT

After a visit from the “plastic bag monster” on Tuesday morning, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted to reaffirm its support for a single-use plastic bag ban.

The board voted 4-0, directing staff to include the issue on the county’s legislative platform and work with the Humboldt Waste Management Authority to develop a countywide program prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags. Supervisor Jimmy Smith was absent.

Surfrider Humboldt gave a presentation to the board, highlighting the environmental hazards of plastic bags.

”Plastic bags have a way of sneaking out of our garbage bins and even our landfills,” Surfrider member Colleen Clifford said. “They end up on the roads and getting entangled in shrubs, and they eventually make their way into our watershed.”

The presentation included a visit from the “plastic bag monster,” a woman covered in 500 plastic bags to illustrate the average American’s annual collection of plastic shopping bags.

Fourth District Supervisor Bonnie Neely said she favored having the Humboldt Waste Management Authority look at the ordinance first, since its board includes representatives from all municipalities in the county.

HWMA Director Jim Test said with the upcoming holidays, the next available meeting for a Surfrider presentation would most likely be in January.

Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy said she hopes a ban of this nature could extend to all plastics eventually, not just grocery store shopping bags.

”If we’re going to take a look at plastics and packaging, let’s see what we can do to really have a comprehensive push and what the long term looks like,” she said.

In another matter, the board approved amendments to an ordinance related to solid waste contracts.


Donna Tam can be reached at 441-0532 or

Surfrider and The Bag Monster speak to the Arcata City Council

Thanks to Laurie (a.k.a. the Bag Monster) and Larry who attended the Arcata City Council meeting to let our Councilmembers know how important we feel a single-use plastic bag ban is! You can watch their testimony from the October 20th meeting. It starts at 2:27:50.

You can let the councilmembers know how you feel about plastic bags at here.