Our partners in Hawaii are working hard to protect the ocean and celebrating innovative ways to #StopTrashingWaves with a photo backdrop for fans to pledge their plastic-free commitment and through a canvas bag printmaking activity.
Rafael Bergstrom, Executive Director at Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii shared how, "building a movement to protect our coastlines from plastic pollution means focusing on community. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is proud to partner with so many great organizations and individuals to make an impact by finding fun and educational ways to tell the story of plastic pollution to a global audience. From volunteers, to schools, to businesses, to a world-wide audience our collaboration brings together people everywhere to help make change."
Artist Ethan Estess of Counter Current Art worked with local nonprofit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to collect and sort trash from the local beaches and built a photo backdrop at Ehukai Beach Park.
Come down to the park, snap a photo in front of the art installation and post your commitment to catch the #PlasticFreeWave to wipe out plastic pollution and #StopTrashingWaves!
This activation was timely given the WSL's commitment to eliminate single-use plastics and the recent passing of Bill 40 by the Honolulu City Council on December 4th. Making history, Bill 40 is the most comprehensive piece of legislation to phase out single-use plastic. Legislative wins such as this one are truly effective ways to stop trashing waves. Under the measure, food vendors will be prohibited from providing plastic forks, spoons, knives, straws or other utensils as of January 2021. The ban will expand to plastic cups, lids, and containers the following year.