Butts Out Chronology

April 8th, 2015

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The Butts Out Story, in Chronological Order

  • Aug 14, 2011 – At around 11:00 AM, Seth Matson introduced the program to the Chapter “EC/CORE Volunteers, Have a look at what Surfrider San Diego is doing for Cigarette Butts.  This would be a great thing for our chapter to do for HB as well. Anyone interested in taking command on something like this?
  • By noon, Don MacLean responded with “I’m thinkin that this cigarette thing is right up my alley, because I hate the *%&#@^! things with a passion, and I’m sick of the disgusting mess they pose throughout our community.” Don sent an e-mail to the San Diego Chapter for more info.
  • Aug 17, 2011 – Julie Wartell, the Surfrider San Diego Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) Campaign Coordinator responded back, and gave us the first of many messages of what they do, and how they do it. This info served as the initial information that sent us in the right direction.
  • Aug 22, 2011 – Don mentioned to Tony that “[San Diego] provided me with lots of info, and there are some more inquiries I need to make, but this seems like a pretty cool program. “In any case, I’ll keep moving along with this, and I’ll work on establishing a game plan as to how we can make this a reality. I’ll keep you posted.

Tony Soriano, the Chapter Chairman responded shortly after with:

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The flagship element to the HOTYB was going to be the installation of metal cigarette disposal canisters that could be mounted to utility poles or other places along the street and sidewalks. With much help from Julie Wartell and Roger Kube from the San Diego Chapter’s HOTYB program, Don began the process of taking existing program information and tweaking and transforming it into programs specific to the Huntington Beach/ Seal Beach Chapter.

While Don MacLean was busy trying to make inroads with the City of Huntington Beach to gain approval for the installation of the pole-mounted cigarette canisters, it became apparent that this was not going to be a slam dunk. A lot of time was spent contacting the various City departments and the Business Improvement District (the entity responsible for maintaining downtown Huntington Beach). One of the first tasks was putting something together showing what the problem was, and where the problem areas were.

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On March 21, 2012 – We received approval to install the first 4 canisters

along Main Street in Huntington Beach as a “Pilot Program.

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While the primary focus was on the higher profile task of getting cigarette canisters mounted on Main Street, other HOTYB program elements were also being pursued. On Dec 5, 2011 – After researching for pocket ashtray alternatives, we made the purchase of the first 500 aluminum tins to give away to smokers as “pocket ashtrays”, and to start introducing our new program to the public.

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Then came the T-Shirts…

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… and bumper stickers.

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While we were establishing a foothold with the cigarette canisters on Main Street, the “Hold On To Your Butt” program was also focusing on The Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter’s beach clean-ups. Don came up with the idea to hand out small bottles to designated “butt collectors” and members of the groups provided all of their cigarette butts to these collectors so we could get a better tally on the scope of the problem.

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During our second outing, nearly 2,000 butts were collected, and ever since, the “butt collectors” have become a big hit, and has been very effective is demonstrating the depth of the problem.

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Don MacLean at the Hold On To Your Butts Beach Clean-up table, which is always a popular and eye-popping attraction at our beach clean-ups, and other environmental events we attend.

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As time went on, the program received the full blessing of Huntington Beach, and through perseverance, we were able to start a pilot program in Seal Beach, who also approved the program and has now assumed all maintenance of the canisters. We now have roughly 120 canisters throughout both downtown areas, at several hotels, and at numerous bars and local establishments. It is also important to mention that the purchase of many of the canisters was made possible by grants received from Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, which has generously supported Surfrider Foundation efforts for nearly 3 years, and helped fund the program in its early stages when help was needed the most. KAB has also provided us with 400 Car Ash trays which we also give away at beach clean-ups and other community events.

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Another aspect of the program is the Cigarette Butts Recycling Program. Surfrider Foundation provides recycling buckets to the people responsible for emptying the canisters, and when a bucket is full, they call us and we come swap out full ones with empty ones.

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Overall, our records show that over 1/5 of a million butts have been sent to the recycler, but this number is well under what has actually been collected. Some of our partners have taken a while to get used to the concept of cigarette butts recycling, so many of our butts have unfortunately gone to the landfill, which is still better than the beach.

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The butts are recycled by a company called “Terracycle” and they pay for the shipping, so the service is no cost to Surfrider Foundation. The butts are used as mulch (the paper and tobacco portion) while the filters (which are actually cellulose acetate, a type of plastic) are processed into a different for a plastic that is used to make pallets, flower pots, and you guessed it… ASH TRAYS!

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In addition to implementing the program throughout the Chapter’s district, the Hold On To Your Butts team has assisted several other out-of-state Chapters in getting a program up in running, with the most successful of those efforts being the Surfrider Foundation Chapters in Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Huntington Beach’s Own Surf Legend

April 3rd, 2015

Rockin Fig – Rockin the Surf World

A Surfrider Sponsor Story

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Huntington Beach local Rick Fignetti – known as Rockin Fig to his friends and fans – is a surfer’s surfer.

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Along with multiple surfing championships and a surf board shop on Main Street…

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Fig is in both the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and the Surfing Walk of Fame.

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Or as the longtime announcer of the U.S. Open of Surfing (19 years in a row).

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Fig’s life revolves around surfing whether it’s catching waves on the north side of the HB Pier, hanging out at Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters (316 Main Street), sponsoring the Fig Team Riders surfers, or mentoring the local groms.

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Whenever SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel see Fig at beach events he’s always right in the middle of everything, lending a hand and helping to represent the community.

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Fig has made the Rockin Fig surf shop more than a place to find boards and accessories.

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It’s a meeting place where everyone from beginning surfers to surfing legends can stop by to share stories and talk about the sport they love. If you’re lucky enough to be in the shop on a day that Fig is there get ready for a warm welcome and a chance to learn a lot about surfing.

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Just being around Rockin Fig will put a smile on your face. For someone who’s in the surfing stratosphere, it’s surprising how down to earth he is.

Tony Soriano, Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson, says, “Fig is a real surf community hero, who supports Surfrider and a clean environment of our oceans, waves and beaches”

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In an age when so many celebrities seem superficial and manufactured by the media it’s clear that Rockin Fig is the real deal.

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World Water Day 2015 Times Three

March 19th, 2015

Time is Water

 

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Written By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

3 hours.

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That’s how long it takes women and children in Africa to find and fetch water for their families’ daily needs.

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Think how that time could be spent instead.

Caring for the family, going to school…

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or even having fun.

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To help make water available for everyone, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel urge you to support World Water Day, March 22…

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by conserving water and doing all that you can to reduce your Water Footprint – the amount of water you use each day for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene, household needs and more.

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Sponsored by the United Nations, this year’s World Water Day focuses on Water and Sustainable Development.

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Water is essential for all types of development – from growing food to generating electricity, creating industry and building communities.

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Achieving sustainability won’t be easy, though. Currently less than 1% of the world’s water is suitable for drinking.

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More than two billion people do not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation. And by 2025 more than three billion people – close to half the world’s population – could suffer from water shortages.

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Far from being a regional problem, lack of water is a global problem that requires a global solution…starting with responsible water usage management that minimizes waste and pollution.

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Every drop counts.

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It’s not just the big things we do that make a difference. It’s all the little things. Like something as simple as taking a shower.

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According to the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, a 10-minute shower can waste more than 40 gallons of water.

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To demonstrate the value of each drop of water Surfrider is asking people to pledge to skip their shower on World Water Day. Surfrider CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen stated that the goal is to save 1 million gallons of water.

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When it comes down to it, we’re all connected. The less time someone spends taking a shower, the less time someone else has to spend searching for water.

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“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men;

as sympathetic threads, our actions come back to us as effects.”

– Herman Melville, author, Moby Dick.

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Plastic Paradise Free Screening @ Don the Beachcomber

March 2nd, 2015

March 19th – FILM NIGHT – Chapter’s General Meeting @ Don the Beachcombers; Featuring free showing of: “Plastic Paradise” – Journalist Angela Sun offers new insights on the damage that modern technology is doing to the planet.

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer from Angela Sun on Vimeo.

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Slapfish Features Eco-Friendly Menu

January 22nd, 2015

Seafood – As Fresh as it Gets!

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A Surfrider Sponsor Story

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“Sorry, Charlie, only the best will do.”

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Remember that classic line from the Starkist tuna ads? Well the same applies to the fish served at Huntington Beach casual dining restaurant Slapfish (Newland Shopping Center at 19696 Beach Blvd.)

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Specializing in fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, sourced from responsible sustainable suppliers, Slapfish is as concerned about where your fish comes from as how it tastes.

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Owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude describe themselves as “pure ocean-aholics,” noting that “We grew up fishing, surfing, and ultimately making our livings with the ocean.”

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Along the way, the pair launched their Slapfish food truck in May 2011…and later the Beach Boulevard restaurant in Huntington Beach.

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When it comes to the fish they serve, their goal is to “take wisely from the ocean without harming the marine eco-system.” This way, rather than being fished to the brink of extinction, fish have an ability to replenish themselves.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that this means you get the freshest, healthiest, best-tasting seafood imaginable.

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Some of the specialties on the Slapfish menu include its trademark fish tacos and more.

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And at a price that won’t bust your budget. Forgoing white table cloths and expensive silverware, Slapfish focuses on providing a “boatload of deliciousness” on your plate.

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This extends to the vegetables it serves, too, which are the freshest available, coming from local providers…

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including the students in Huntington Beach High School’s sustainability class, taught by social studies teacher Greg Goran.

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Goran, the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Ocean Friendly Gardens expert, teaches the class as a way to give his students hands-on knowledge about responsible farming methods…and an opportunity to learn business skills.

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By selling their produce to Slapfish and at local events the students, who are part of the school’s environmental Green Team, get to see how all their hard work, planting, nurturing and harvesting, pays off, while generating revenue for the school – a win-win for everyone.

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Plus it’s exciting for the students to see their vegetables being enjoyed by the diners at Slapfish. “When we come in they’ll be eating the stuff we brought literally within minutes,” Goran stated.

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Jessica Bechtold, Surfrider’s HBSB Ocean Friendly Restaurants chairperson, applauds the work that Slapfish is doing to protect the ocean’s sea life and is actively involved in getting restaurants to join the new OFR program.

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Bechtold explained to SurfWriter Girls that restaurants who sign on will be committed to sustainable food practices. Along with how the food is sourced and handled, this includes using biodegradable food containers, cups and utensils.

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Whether you stop by Slapfish to grab a fish taco or an order of fish and chips to-go or opt for one of the restaurant’s definitely gourmet lobster creations, you can be sure that everything on your plate will be fresh and flavorful.

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And, if something on the menu isn’t available, that’s because it’s either sold out or not in season.

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At Slapfish sometimes even being the best isn’t enough to get on the plate.

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“Sorry, Charlie, only the sustainable will do.”

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