Rise Above Plastics

Rise Above Plastics and Ban the Bag in Bellingham!!!


Our Rise Above Plastics Campaign is aimed at reducing the single use of plastics.  There’s a long list of detrimental effects plastics have on our marine environment!

Links and articles about plastics as related to the oceans, the animals, our bodies, recycling and ‘bio-plastics’ can be found at www.seaofconsequences.blogspot.com and http://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/c/rise-above-plastics


  • There is at least 8 times more plastic than plankton in the Northwest Pacific Gyre.  This area where all of our trash accumulates is now twice the size of Texas.
  • Each year an estimated 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die as a result of eating or being strangled by plastic and other marine debris.
  • The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually, requiring an estimated 12 million barrels of oil.
  • Americans consume 45 million water bottles per day, when most of the time tap water can safely quench our thirst.   Only 10% of those water bottles get recycled.

More Facts Page

Did you know? If you have a plastic product that says PLA on it, that means it is compostable! But make sure you throw it in the Food Plus! Recycling, not your backyard compost! PLA needs industrial composting conditions in order to biodegrade.

Quiz yourself on your new knowledge

In Sum

Since plastics do not biodegrade, but only break into smaller pieces and are being ingested at an alarming rate by marine animals, they are wreaking havoc on our oceans and marine life, which we depend on for our existence. Because it is crucial to turn these numbers around, we are asking for your help in our efforts.

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