• San Diego Plastic Bag Ban

    Posted Nov. 6, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. to Heal The Gyre Public | Comment

    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

    Posted Sept. 26, 2012 at 2:08 p.m. to Heal The Gyre Public | 1 Response

    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).

  • Heal the Bay speaks on Ocean Pollution

    Posted April 29, 2012 at 10:48 a.m. to Heal The Gyre Public | Comment

    Formerly Sewage, Now our Biggest Source of Ocean Pollution is Storm Drains

    How can you help? Keep the gutters in front of your home clean, especially after trash day! When you walk your dog or stroll for morning coffee, pick up trash you see along the street. Volunteer for a beach clean-ups and freeway clean-ups! Help keep our oceans clean and beautiful.

  • Plastic - the Future of our Oceans?

    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:57 a.m. to Heal The Gyre Public | Comment

    Please watch this informative video about plastic and its impact on Albatross on Midway Atoll.  Disposable plastic is damaging all kinds of life -- and is not sustainable. Please reduce your disposable plastic - and eliminate all plastic bags and water bottles!

  • Van Jones on Plastic

    Posted Jan. 25, 2011 at 8:34 p.m. to Heal The Gyre Public | Comment

    An educational view on plastics and impact on humanity.

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