Group reports at year end on benchmark moments in the fight against single use plastic
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 December, 2017 - It's been a busy year for the Rob Machado Foundation working to keep single-use plastic out of watersheds and bringing students to the beach for cleanups.
The group started by its goofyfooted namesake provides water filling stations to schools and public spaces as well. These stations provide a clean, healthful drink option for children and community members while eliminating the need for single-use plastic water bottles.
RMF also provides innovative trash and recycling solutions at beaches, schools and surf events to protect waterways from waste and to save recyclables from entering the landfill.
Check their latest blog below
6TH ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
MANY THANKS to all who came out and supported our 6th Annual Benefit Concert at the Belly Up. It was an incredible night of music and positive vibes and with your support we were able to raise $50,000 to go directly towards our 2018 programs!
A huge THANK YOU to the Belly Up and to all of the musicians (Nahko, Jon Foreman, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Paul Cannon IRON SAGE WOOD) who generously donated their time and talent to make it such a special night!
ARBOR REAL ESTATE FUNDRAISER
Also in December, our friends at Arbor Real Estate held their 3rd Annual "House Party" hosted by Chris Brigandi in Newport Beach with proceeds benefitting our programs. Their efforts raised $18,000.00, which goes directly to our programs in the Orange County area.
We kicked off the summer on National Beach Day with a beach clean at Seaside Reef co-hosted by our friends at REEF. We were stoked to have pro-surfer, friend and fellow ocean lover Taylor Knox around to spend the morning combing the sand.
Dec. 5 was the last official beach cleanup of 2017 and since it was the day of our benefit concert, Jordyn Barratt and Lukas Nelson joined in on the fun with our 30+ incredible volunteers.
Everyone who has ever come down to clean our beaches deserves a round of applause. You guys rule and your commitment to your community is inspiring and makes us want to do more and more.
Also, thank you to Sambazon for providing the refreshments and vouchers for each volunteer to receive a yummy acai bowl at the café.
We can't wait to spend time with you all in the New Year to continue to help keep our local beaches clean! Stay in touch for details.
We are extremely proud to have collaborated with the Bro-Am again this year to help reduce single-use plastics at the event. We partnered with our friends at Hurley and FloWater to create a water oasis onsite that provided (free) chilled and purified water stations for attendees. All you needed was a reusable bottle!
Collectively, by using our water refill stations, beach-goers helped us SAVE over 3,100 single-use plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill or worse, into the ocean. So THANK YOU to all who helped in this effort. It’s the little things like using reusable water bottles that help make a huge positive impact on our environment, especially when we’re all working together. Please continue to help us eliminate the single-use plastic epidemic by bringing your reusable bottles with you when you’re on the go!
Special thanks to our amazing friends Switchfoot for making this all possible, Hurley, FloWater and to our volunteers for all of your support—we couldn’t do this without you!
SCHOOL VISITS & INSTALLATIONS
With our main efforts focused on eradicating single plastic bottle usage, our biggest effort is the installation of water filing stations at local elementary, middle and high schools. RMF installed 6 filling stations this year within San Diego and Orange County: Davis and Ensign Schools in participation with support from our friends at Arbor Real Estate, Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary, La Jolla High School and our first install in Maui at Haiku Elementary set for the New Year!
In between travels Rob visited some of the schools we installed such as elementary schools Olivenhain Pioneer alongside friend/local businessman and RMF supporter Thad Benshoof and the bottle filling station install at Newport Elementary.
We also stopped by Carlsbad High School with nationally recognized teen activist and our partner at The Ecology Center, Water Effect Ambassador Jackson Hinkle. Rob and Jackson, who is also founder of Team Zizou at his San Clemente HS, spoke to environmental student groups about the topic of plastic pollution and its effects on ocean ecosystems. Rob and Jackson were also interviewed on the schools cable TV station CHSTV that broadcasted their chat to 3,500 students. Big shout out to all the kids who work at the station for the incredible interview experience!
It’s amazing to witness the enthusiasm kids have for the importance of reducing single plastic bottle usage and the environment. We’d like to thank all the students, teachers and superintendents for their passion for environmentalism. We’re deeply honored to play a role in their awareness and action.