- WSL / Ed Sloane

The use of plastics is widespread and while recycling helps, most plastic still ends up outside of the recycling system. Plastic pollutes our beaches and affects wildlife and humans through the water we recreate in and the seafood we eat. In light of this, the WSL pledged to eliminate single-serve plastics from WSL Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour events.

The WSL is specifically targeting items related to food-service like bottled beverages, cutlery, and cups, as these single-serve items are often not recyclable. In addition, the WSL already provides clean drinking water stations for fans to refill their bottles and choose compostable materials where possible for food service.

Some facts that propelled the WSL to eliminate single-serve plastics:

View from the barrel FijiPro © Sloane We can work together to find solutions to the plastic crisis to keep our favorite breaks clean and healthy - WSL / Ed Sloane

While our partners help find solutions from the top down in the form of policy regulation and advocacy, we can all make daily decisions to reduce our consumption and make smarter choices on an individual level. Below are a few ideas for inspiration:

  • Bringing your reusable bag, cutlery, and water bottle
  • Avoiding items wrapped in plastic when possible
  • Choosing bar soaps in place of liquids in plastic containers
  • Voting to support policies like single-use plastic bans

At the rate we're going, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. It's a deep problem, but there are solutions. By cutting out single use plastics, such as straws, bottles, and bags, we can start turning back the plastic tide.

Activists gather at Keramas for a beach cleanup © Sloane Activists gather at Keramas for a beach cleanup - WSL / Ed Sloane

Make a greater impact. Join us and support our partners below for a stronger ocean:

Turtle swimming through rays of sun. FijiPro 2017 © Sloane Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles and other marine animals are threatened each year from plastic pollution. - WSL / Ed Sloane
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