We drew awareness to World Water Day and the troubling statistic that 1 in 8 people do not have access to clean water. Clean water is good, but that doesn’t mean we need to infiltrate the environment with plastic water bottles. Unfortunately, the growth of plastic pollution continues to devastate our earth in alarming rates. Sadly, every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.
Here are a few sobering facts regarding just plastic bags. Yikes.
Fast Facts on Plastic Bags
Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. Look at this link http://plasticbagbanreport.com/ that counts the number of plastic bags consumed this year (as of this writing, almost 113 billion).
About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute. The U.S. goes through 100 billion single-use plastic bags. This costs retailers about $4 billion a year.
Plastic bags are the second-most common type of ocean refuse, after cigarette butts (2008).
Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down and a single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade.
An estimated 3,960,000 tons of plastic bags, sack and wraps were produced in 2008. Of those, 3,570,000 tons (90%) were discarded. This is almost triple the amount discarded the first year plastic bag numbers were tracked (1,230,000 tons in 1980). (EPA)
So what does this mean?
The extremely slow decomposition rate of plastic bags leaves them drifting on the ocean for countless years. According to Algalita Marine Research Foundation, these plastic bags then cause the death of many marine animals (fish, sea turtles, etc.), when animals mistake them for food.
Moreover, when plastics break down, they don’t biodegrade; they photodegrade. This means the materials break down to smaller fragments which readily soak up toxins. They then contaminate soil, waterways, and animals upon digestion.
In order to stop this growing environmental hazard, we need to limit our plastic bag use and encourage a culturalshift away from use-and-toss culture. We encourage starting using re-usable bags since each reusable bag can eliminate thousands of plastic bags.
Finally, encourage your home state, similar to California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, to enact plastic bag bans, or impose a tax for those who need to use a plastic bag.
We can all make a difference with just these little steps. Let’s ensure the ocean and our marine animals are safe! Continue reading →
A Los Angeles City Council committee recommended last Wednesday that single-use plastic bags be banned from food store checkout lines across the city and that paper bags be phased out.
The council’s five-member Energy and Environment Committee unanimously passed a recommendation for a three-phase ban that would, if enacted, become “one of the most-far reaching measures in the nation,” according to Heal the Bay, a non-profit organization that advocates this ban.
The three phases of the ban are:
Phase 1: For the first six months a ban would be enacted for plastic bags only. These six months would be used to educate the public about the ban.
Phase 2: For the following six months a 10 cent charge would be placed on paper bags.
Finally, Phase 3: After 12 months, there would be an outright ban in all of Los Angeles on both single-use plastic and paper bags.
The recommendation was favored by the committee and supported by environmental groups, although some believe such a ban would be more destructive than helpful, citing a loss of jobs.
According to Councilman Dennis Zine, “The City would provide time to work with retail businesses to help them adjust, and consumers would need to adapt. People will adjust. They’ll adapt … and learn to take [reusable bags] with them.”
A vote on the recommended ban is expected in the full City Council in the coming weeks. We hope this decision will embolden other cities, counties and states nationwide to take action. The time has come to eliminate plastic pollution at its source in order to protect our environment and economy.
Here are some great totes that can replace those plastic bags!
The days are getting longer and the evenings are getting lighter. It only means that summer will be here before you know it. Get ready to hit the beach! But before you do, make sure you’re loaded with the right gear to make the most of your sun time.
Ladies, you will look even more like the sun goddess you really are with the women’s Roxy La Playa towel underneath your tanned body. The towel is made of 100% cotton, it features a logo print, a rope fringe hem, and is perfect for lounging poolside or by the beach. Surf Amore!
Protect your eyes with sleek Von Zipper sunglasses. Von Zipper’s Hoss sunglasses have black frames with grey lenses that provide 100% UV protection. They feature base 6 spherical lenses, a handcrafted acetate frame, and impact resistant CR-39 lens. They also have stainless steel optical hinges, and a wire injected temple core.
We didn’t even want to attempt to narrow down the swimsuits, but here’s a gorgeous dress for those of you who just want to hang out. The women’s Roxy Love Poem dress is made of 100% cotton. It features a retro slanted stripe, a halter top, an elastic waist, welt waist pocket, and a rope neck tie.
Don’t forget you’ll need to have the right pack to carry all your beach essentials, like this one from Nixon. It features a large-size easy access main compartment, front organizer pocket with additional interior zip pocket, outside zip stash pocket, audio pocket with cord port, Nixon mega-link shoulder straps, padded, reinforced & computer-stitched back panel, added webbing top handle, and custom molded zip pulls.
Want premium shred capabilities? Choose the Honolua Stretch Five boardshort, which is made from stretch material allowing for lots of movement and flexibility. They feature a drawstring closer, two tone stripe down the left side, single side pocket with button and velcro closure, and Honolua patch logo on the lower left side.
Get the maximum sun protection you need and play it up with this bold blue shade, too. The Zinka nosecoat sunblock offers absolute maximum protection against the sun’s harmful rays. This is colored sunblock, not sunscreen, and is a proven formula that withstands the most extreme weather conditions. Not to mention, your nose will long darn cute in that color.
By wearing a “I Love Boobies!” bracelet you are proclaiming, “I love my boobies, and I choose to take care of them!” It is a message about how important it is to appreciate, respect and love your breasts and yourself. It’s part of Keep A Breast Foundation’s “I Love Boobies!” campaign.
The Keep A Breast Foundation’s (KAB) Mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Colors available are Red, White, or Blue. And guys can support, too.
We’ve been raving about the Billabong/Andy Davis collection for a while, so here’s a chance to snag something sick from that lineup. This boardshort features the iconic pelican print artwork of the retro surf inspired artist. Drawstring waist closure, back pocket with button flap closure, collaboration woven label details, and 20″ outseam. You won’t go wrong.
How adorably sweet is this women’s Gypsetty short from the Billabong/Oracle Fox collaborative collection? The Gypsetty short is made of 100% cotton. It features a printed design, a pull on short, a scalloped lace trim, and an elastic waistband.
The men’s Olukai Hiapo sandals feature a premium full grain leather strap with a pigskin lining and neoprene backer. An EVA midsole wrapped in premium full grain leather, an anatomically correct contour for a more personalized fit and sustained comfort over time. A full grained wrapped outsole with a non-marking durable rubber traction pods. Continue reading →
If you haven’t already heard about One Day Without Shoes, mark your calendar for April 10th. TOMS, the shoe brand (and clothing and eyewear brand, too), whose business is more of a movement than a traditional company, has set their annual One Day Without Shoes for next Tuesday.
As many of you already know, the TOMS business model is based on the premise of a worldwide movement called One for One, which combines commerce with social responsibility. The One for One vision is that for every pair of shoes TOMS sell, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Unfortunately, millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day. But, over 1,000,000 pairs of shoes have been given to children under the One for One program since TOMS launched in 2006.
One Day Without Shoes hopes to draw awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by taking off our own. Some illnesses due to the lack of proper footwear include:
Podoconiosis: 4,000,000 have podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring soil-based disease
Hookworm: 740,000,000 people are affected by hookworm which can cause intestinal pain, weakness and cognitive impairment.
Dangerous Debris: 30,000 people live on one landfill in the Philippines, where many are without shoes and are exposed to broken glass, syringes and debris.
Jiggers: 1,890,000 Kenyan children are infected by jiggers, burrowing fleas that cause painful infection.
People in over 25 countries will begin hosting thousands of local events to celebrate this cause. Over 500 schools and 1400 companies will join in the effort. Celebrities who will go without their shoes to raise awareness include Lenny Kravitz, Charlize Theron, Donna Karan, Sara Bareilles, The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Kris Allen, Arianna Huffington, One Republic, Hands, Ryan Eggold, Matisyahu and dozens of others. Microsoft, AOL, Nordstrom and many other companies will participate. The official Twitter Hash Tag for April 10th, 2012 – #OneDayWithoutShoes.
The nominees for the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, which recognizes the biggest waves and the best rides of the last year, were announced last week. Winners will be announced at the invitation-only Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards party at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2012. The show will be webcast that night on YouTube’s Network A, and will be broadcast as a one-hour program on FUEL TV on Sunday, May 20 at 3 P.M. PT.
This year’s event marks the 12th-annual edition of the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, an event open to every qualified surfer at every break on every day of the year, and eligible if the action is captured by a video or still camera and submitted for judging by the XXL’s voting academy of expert surfers and lensmen. Over 1,000 images were entered into the event before being filtered down to the best five stills and single definitive video clip of each nominated ride.
This year’s swells have been widely regarded as the most spectacular ever seen in the sport of big wave riding. There are top five nominees in each of the XXL’s seven divisions, all worthy of being named an XXL champion and each with a shot at a share of the $120,000 in prize money at stake.
For the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year category, there are five very different waves for consideration, all ridden in very different regions around the planet: 1) SoCal native Nathan Fletcher for his earth-shattering barrel at Teahupoo, Tahiti, 2) SoCal native Greg Long for his paddle-in tube at Puerto Escondido, Mexico, 3) Australian Ryan Hipwood for his long, spitting pipe of a wave at Cloudbreak, Fiji, 4) Australian Jeff Rowley for a hair-raising late paddle drop and pocket ride at Jaws on Maui, and 5) Hawaiian Garrett McNamara, for his plunge into a massive face off the coast of Portugal, a feat that earned the big wave veteran global headlines in November.
Here are the nominees in three other categories, including Monster Paddle, Billabong XXL Biggest Wave, and Monster Tube. The nominees in the remaining three other categories will be announced on April 9, including Surfline Best Overall Performance Award (male), the Billabong Girls Best Performance Award (female) and the ever-popular Verizon Wipeout Award.
The nominees for 2012, in alphabetical order:
FIVE BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $50,000 – Video prize $5,000) Nathan Fletcher (San Juan Capistrano, California, USA) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on August 27, 2011. (Video by Simon Saffigna.) Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast, Australia) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on July 12, 2011. (Video by Nimai Strickland.) Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on May 19, 2011.
(Video by Alejandro Berger.) Garrett McNamara (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on November 1, 2011. (Video by Jorge Leal.) Jeff Rowley (Torquay, Victoria, Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 30, 2012. (Video by Wangdu Hovey.)
FIVE MONSTER PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $15,000 – Photo/video prize $4,000) Ken “Skindog” Collins (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 8, 2012. (Photos by Robert Brown and Frank Quirarte. Video by The Go Big Project.) Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 4, 2012. (Photo by Fred Pompermayer. Video by Greg Browning.) Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on January 4, 2012. (Photos by Bidu, Tracy Kraft, Bruno Lemos, Jason Murray and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Elliot Leboe.) Jamie Mitchell (Gold Coast, Australia) at Todos Santos, Mexico on January 6, 2012. (Photo by Jason Murray. Video by Graham Nash.) Dave Wassel (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 4, 2012. (Photos by Eric Aeder, Frank Berthuot, Bruno Lemos, Mike Neal and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
FIVE BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $15,000 – Photo/video prize $4,000) Andrew Cotton (Croyde, Devon, United Kingdom) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on March 8, 2012. (Photos by Andrew Kilfeather, Conn Osbourne and David Olsthoorn. Video by Jamie Russell.) Garrett McNamara (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Priaia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on November 1, 2011. (Photo by Wilson Ribeiro. Video by Jorge Leal.) Axi Muniain (Zarautz, Basque Country) at Agiti, Spain on December 15, 2011. (Photo by Eric Chauche. Video by Walter Lang.) Ollie O’Flaherty (Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on March 8, 2012. (Photos by Christian McLeod and Matt Strathern. Video by Mark Waters.) Damien “Taco” Warr (Yallingup, Western Australia) at Cow Bombie, Western Australia on October 16, 2011. (Photo by Jamie Scott. Video by Rick Jakovich.)
FIVE MONSTER TUBE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $5,000 – Still photography prize $2,000) Kohl Christensen (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on July 12, 2011.
(Photos by Brian Bielmann and Bruno Lemos.) Nathan Fletcher (San Juan Capistrano, California, USA) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on August 27, 2011. (Photos by Brian Bielmann, Pete Frieden, Bruno Lemos, Tim McKenna and Benjamin Thouard.) Tyler Hollmer-Cross (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on May 17, 2011. (Photo by Andrew Chisholm.) Bruce Irons (Hanalei, Hawaii, USA) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on August 27, 2011.
(Photos by Brian Bielmann, Tim McKenna, Fred Pompermayer, Pat Stacy and Benjamin Thouard.)
Everaldo “Pato” Teixeira (Florianopolis, Brazil) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on August 27, 2011.
(Photos by Tim McKenna, Fred Pompermayer and Benjamin Thouard.)