San Francisco Surfrider Programs
When you help in the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves, and beaches, you become part of a powerful activist network full of people just like you. Click through the links above to explore our local programs, and follow your passion.
Ten Ways to Help Every Day
Not everyone has the time or ability to volunteer with our programs and events. Often those doing the most to help our oceans and beaches are doing so on their own, every day. Check out these ten simple ways to make cleaner and healthier oceans and coastlines part of your lifestyle.
1. Mind the gutter (and keep your trash out of it)
Pick up litter when you see it. Put your trash in the can, not the gutter, and report clogged storm drains to the Department of Public Works.
Drain cleaners, oven cleaners, nail polish remover, paint thinner, etc. are chemical poisons. And, they’re expensive. Try vinegar and baking soda or other safe cleaners that cost less. Drop off your hazardous household waste at an authorized dump site.
3. Oil’s well that ends well
More oil enters the beach from urban runoff than from tanker spills. If your car drips, the oil will find its way to the ocean. Recycle your used motor oil at a garage or recycling center instead of down the storm drains or in the trash.
4. Save water, save money, save the ocean
No matter how much you water the concrete, it’s not going to grow. Clean your driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of the hose. A few more easy saves: install low-flow shower heads, drip irrigation, and low-flow toilets. Repair leaks. Shorten your showers. Wash only full loads.
5. Water in the morning or evening
It minimizes evaporation, and it’s better for your plants.
6. Pull your own weeds
The less herbicides and pesticides you spray, the less you will swim in.
7. Scoop the poop
If you don’t pick it up, it will do more than stick to your shoes — you could end up swimming in it.
8. Don’t trash the toilet
String and hair are hard on sewage treatment plants. Compost or throw them in the trash rather than in the toilet.
9. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and BYO
• Buy jumbo-size packages. Shop for products with the least amount of packaging. Stamp out Styrofoam.
• Buy recycled goods.
• Bring your own: bags to the store, mugs to the coffee shop, water bottle on the plane (fill it up after security)
10. Be part of the solution, not the pollution
We can put an end to pollution. Practice what you know, and educate others to do the same. Join the Surfrider Foundation. We have wasted enough, let’s not waste time.