The North Pacific Gyre, and the other five Gyres in our oceans, are filled with plastic pollution.  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be three times the size of Texas, near Hawaii. Email us to volunteer.

No more plastic bags, bottles, disposables....


San Diego Plastic Bag Ban

San Diego's proposed plastic bag reduction ordinance has made it through two Rules and Economic Means Committee meetings and several feedback sessions with stakeholders.

As currently drafted, the ordinance will ban single-use plastic bags in stores selling grocery items and mandate a 10-cent fee on paper bags. For now, retail is exempt from the ban, and no reporting is necessary by impacted stores.

Coastkeeper would like to see the retail exclusion removed from the ordinance and a reporting requirement added so that stores are held accountable. We teamed with Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter to ask for these improvements to the ordinance's drafters and elected officials, who ultimately decide its fate.

The ban won't head to a vote by the full city council for up to a year, pending an environmental review, which gives Coastkeeper time to work with our partners to strengthen the draft and support the development of complementary ordinances in surrounding cities.

Written by Kristin Kuhn of San Diego CoastKeeper

Midway - Message from the Gyre

A Powerful New Film by Chris Jordan

Open your heart to the realities of our disposable lifestyle. The Albatross are only one of thousands of incredible species ingesting so much plastic in the Pacific, they are dying at alarming rates. Chris Jordan's film is beautifully shot, emotional and also personal. May we all be the change we need to stop this madness.

Want to help? Take the no plastic pledge!

Use a reusable canteen instead of a plastic bottle and resusable cloth bags instead of plastic bags. We promise, you will feel better if you do :) (and so will all the birds, turtles, fishes and dophin).

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