First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is April 22, a worldwide day of to celebrate our environment.  Surfrider invites you to participate in their campaign “Every Day is Earth Day.”  By making simple changes in our daily lives, we can help protect our ocean, waves and beaches…to be enjoyed by all for generations to come.

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Surfrider Foundation is a volunteer based, environmental non-profit group dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. The West LA/Malibu Chapter protects 31 miles of coastline from Ballona Creek to Los Angeles County Line and Inland.


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Wow! This is a frightening expectation presented by Surfrider Foundation’s Joel Cesare at the 2016 Venice Green Expo.  Do your part everyone!


Surfrider’s simple daily changes to help protect our oceans, waves and beaches.


12039298_10153345226988305_3863504264492342178_nAvoid buying items packaged in plastic. Look for produce and other items that aren’t over-packaged. Not only are you reducing the plastic you use, you’re sending a message to the manufacturers of those products that you prefer sustainable packaging. And, there are simple ways to avoid using plastic in your kitchen.

Use cloth shopping bags. Keep reusable bags somewhere handy—in your car or your bike or by the front door—so you don’t forget them when you go to the market, grocery store or mall.

Forget bottled water. Carry a reusable bottle. Plastic bottles are one of the top five most common types of litter found on beaches. Since bottled water is much more expensive than tap water, you’ll also save money and avoid the possible hazards of plastic toxins leaching into your beverage.Skip the straw! Americans use 500 million straws daily…just to be thrown away. When ordering drinks, remember to say “no straw, please”!

Drive less! Our personal vehicles are a major source of carbon emissions. You can help by taking public transportation, car-pooling and riding your bike to reduce your carbon footprint and help curb climate change.

If you smoke…don’t litter your cigarette butts. Cigarettes are the most common piece of trash found at beach clean-ups. They aren’t biodegradable, leach chemicals which kill fish and they pollute our beaches and ocean.

Sweep instead of using the hose.  Cleaning your driveway and sidewalks with a hose sends dirty water into the storm drains and out to the beach.





Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Plastics are forever. Join one of our beach clean-ups and help pick up plastic debris that have already reached our coasts to make certain they are recycled and not mistaken for food by birds and marine life. Surfrider Foundation chapters hold events all month long and it is a great way to meet new people and have some fun!

Make your voice be heard. Get involved in your community and make a difference for your special place you call home.

Make a donation. By supporting Surfrider, you help fund our coastal defenders who are protecting our beaches for all of us to enjoy today, tomorrow and every day forward.

The beaches belong to all of us, and simple changes in our daily lives can make a big difference!

For more info, visit  Visit for the West LA/Malibu Chapter




Do business with businesses that are walking the walk in regards to being eco-friendly, ethical and doing business with local Venetians?  

Well here is a list of local spots that are doing cool things that you should know about.”


Green Goddess Collective sells organic marijuana!  And, has 1/2 priced 1/8ths from 4-5 daily!

Barlo at Hotel Erwin sources its menu items from local farms, ranches, breweries and vineyards.  This means less eco-footprint and better food.

Hama Sushi participates in the Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant program.  Ocean Friendly Restaurants’   main goal is to eliminate EPS foam foodware (aka Styrofoam) because it is a top item found at their beach cleanups.  Click here to be an Ocean Friendly Restaurant!

The Sidewalk Cafe is powered by a bank solar panels on their roof.

Simmzy’s has 28 rotating beers on taps.  At any given time most, are from California and  many are from L.A.  This means low mileage in the delivery.

The Cow’s End sells Fair Trade Coffee and homemade dog treats from Hungry Dawgs of Dogtown

James Beach and Canal Club use exclusively Mary’s free range chickens. As well,  both sell the tequila brand Calvera,  owned by Venetian Jim Robb. And, Dog Town Duck beer, made by James Beach bartender John Binder.

Tony P’s Dockside Grill sells alcohol bought from local entrepreneurs.

Bruno’s Venice is a great store for dogs and cats.  They sell artisan items from local vendors, food made in California and periodically host adoptions.  They have tons of locally made items, too many to list them all.  But, some of the rad things they carry:  hand knit doggy hats made in Venice by Lulu’s hatsPunk in Pyes treats made in Culver City and  Healthy Hound Vegan Cookies.  

Maui and Sons and Jays Rentals sell and rent self propelled vehicles.  It does not get much more eco-forward than that!



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