Rise Above Plastics


It can take plastics over 1,000 years to degrade in the environment!


“Rise Above Plastics” – known as “RAP” for short – is a national Surfrider campaign designed to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about plastic pollution and advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics. 


Surfrider Maui was a key player in Maui’s ban on single-use, plastic grocery bags, which went into effect January 2011.  We are excited to announce that, as of July 1, 2015, Hawai’i became the first state to ban plastic bags at the point of sale.  We encourage you to help your city or county take after Hawai’i’s example and help eliminate single-use plastic bags where you live. 


We are currently working with Maui-based organizations to phase-out polystyrene (aka “Styrofoam”) food ware containers. Check out the Foam Free Future webpage to stay up-to-date with current legislation and ways you can get involved.