Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Friend or Foam Series on Civil Beat

Are you a reader of the local web news organization Civil Beat?

In recent months, their investigative team has worked on an awareness raising and discussion worthy series called Friend or Foam: Why do we use so much plastic foam in Hawaii? Civil Beat examines who makes plastic foam, how it impacts the environment, and how people are trying to do away with it. They also cover the policy issues behind bringing your own container.

We've asked our members to comment on different parts of the series. Today we are proud to share a short editorial as a Community Voice contribution. Please log on to share your reactions and solutions.

Friend or Foam: The Perils of Single-Use Plastics   
~Plastic is an amazing material, but impossible to dispose of in a sustainable way...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dec. 3rd Clean Up Results

Saturday was another great turn out for our quarterly clean up at Kailua Beach Park!
The Kailua team of 60+ volunteers collected 180 pounds of marine debris and litter from the Beach Park and surrounding shoreline in under 2 hours! This includes 40 pounds of recyclables and 13 pounds of beach plastic going to method for upcycling into about 1000 bottles. (That's 100% post consumer waste, no new plastic!) 

Meanwhile, on the North Shore our Plastic Free Haleiwa team in Kahuku collected 1208 pounds of marine debris including 200 pounds for method! 
We can't thank our awesome volunteers enough. We offer a special appreciation to all the young folks who make our beach clean ups so special. Saturday we had teams from the Girls Scouts, Lanikai Elementary, Keolu Elementary, St. Anthony's School, and Le Jardin Academy.

We are also proud to have such great partners for support and as contributors to the prize raffle. Please thank Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks, Muumuu Heaven, Global Village,, Unlucky HI and Ocean Devotion Hawaii.

More photos on our Facebook page! 

The next clean up will be April 14th with Surfrider. Stay tuned for details.