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Bag Bans on Tap this Month for RA Meeting

Join Recycling Advocates for their Annual Meeting in Portland at the Rogue Brewery September 26 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. They’ll be discussing current efforts and reduction policies for plastic, with a particular focus on the bag ban policies in Portland and around the state. More info

If you missed Bag It – Share the trailer!

We can’t thank our volunteers enough for all the work they put in to helping make this event a reality. We’re hoping to begin scheduling Bag It screenings for elsewhere in the state. Contact us if you are interested in organizing a screening in your area.

Send Surfrider PDX Chair to Sea – Vote today!

Surfrider’s Portland Chapter Chair, Nastassja Pace, has been volunteering and advocating for awareness on the marine plastic pollution for years. She has been tirelessly fighting for the campaign – BAN the BAG – to ban single-use plastic bags in Oregon, taught thousands of children about re-use and recycling practices and makes art depicting the plastic pollution problem plaguing the worlds’ oceans.

Right now, Nastassja has the opportunity of a lifetime — to join 5Gyres, scientists and activists aboard Sea Dragon on a 10 day sailing trip in the South Pacific Gyre to study and document marine plastic debris.

Please help Nastassja win the Chaco Wave of Change Art Contest by voting for her plastic wave painting today! Simply click on the link here and had her name, Nastassja Pace, to the comments section. And pass the link along. Thank you!

Eat Sustainable Sushi and Help Support Ban the Bag!

New Years resolution to lose weight? Support your local community? Be green?

You can do all three by dining at BAMBOO SUSHI from Jan 31st to Feb 6th!

Say BAN the BAG when making your order &

10% of all the proceeds will go to the Surfrider PDX Chapter!

Bamboo Sushi is the first 3rd party certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world! They partner with Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Blue Ocean Institute, Salmon Nation, KidSafe Seafood, and the Green Restaurant Association to ensure their meets, seafood, and produce are as local as possible and managed and harvested in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way.

Surfrider PDX Chapter and Bamboo Sushi are now partnering to help BAN the BAG in Oregon. In Portland, we live on one of the 5th largest watersheds in the world, the Columbia Slough, which makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. Plastic bags, when littered or blown away, often make their way into our waterways and eventually the ocean. Once there, they cause many detrimental effects to marine wildlife such as entanglement or starvation upon consuming the plastic mistakenly.

Please support BAN the BAG – Surfrider, your local business, your health and your environment by heading to…

Where: Bamboo Sushi at 310 S.E. 28th Ave Portland, OR

When: Jan 31st to Feb 6th / Dinner 7 nights a week 5 – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour M-F 5- 6:30 p.m

What: Don’t forget to say “BAN the BAG”

Come to City Hall, July 28 @ 11am

Tomorrow, July 28, Portland City Council will vote on a formal resolution on single -use plastic bags that:

  1. Supports passage of a staewide ban in the 2011 Legislative session
  2. Commits the city to pursuing an ordinance in 2011 if the state bill fails.

This approach was recently agreed upon during a meeting between state lawmakers and the mayor’s office and you can read the read the draft resolution here. Needless to say a big turnout tomorrow will be key to support bag ban efforts moving forward.

So what can you do? Join us! Show up tomorrow no later than 11:00 am at City Hall Council Chambers to testify, dress in costume or just show up wearing your ban the bag t-shirt in support!

The city council will be discussing the resolution and ordinance promptly at 11:00 am on agenda which can be found here. To testify, just sign up on the sheet just outside of council chambers and indicate which agenda item (Bag Ban Discussion) you would like to speak about.

If you can’t make it tomorrow but still want to make your voice heard, head on over and comment on the Mayor’s draft resolution here.

Raise Your Voice Against Plastic!

Photo by RM Photo,

Thanks to everyone that came out and supported the cause at this morning’s rally. We’re already seeing the event covered in the media, and we need your help in commenting on these blogs to keep our momentum going. Talk about how banning bags is good for business, and why you personally want a single-use plastic bag ban. Every comment helps; we need the entire Portland community to know how much support there is behind this issue.

Portland Council Considering Plastic Bag Ban on Fox 12 (on this post you can vote on the poll “Should plastic bags be banned in Portland?”)

Mayor Promises to Act on Banning Plastic Bags on The Portland Mercury

Portland Mayor Sam Adams Says City, Too, Will Ban Plastic Grocery Bags on Oregon Live

Oregon Lawmakers Want Plastic Bag Ban on KGW 8

Bag Monsters Taking Over City Council

A quick snapshot from this morning’s testimony.

Rally Against Plastic, Then Celebrate With Beer

We’re hoping you’re coming out today to rally against plastic! And we also hope that you’ll be dropping by our pint night, hosted over at Keen HQ. Why make an appearance? Because there will be good people, plenty of Ninkasi and of course, som sweet raffle items. Here’s what’s up for grabs:

That’s definitely worth showing up for. See you tonight!

Plastic Bags Are Forever

We’re excited about these billboards, up on local I-84 and I-5. Will you be taking a stand against plastic bags on July 14? Come join us and help ban the bag!

Are You Joining Us July 14, 2010?

The correct answer is, of course, yes. To entice you, we’ll be giving away free t-shirts if you RSVP, and of course, after our epic rally throwdown, we’ll be celebrating with pints at Keen HQ. We really can’t think of a better way for you to spend a Wednesday…

Check out the full PDF invite here.

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