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D2O 3R Challenge - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle with Drains to Ocean

The volunteers at Drains to Ocean came up with an interesting new D2O 3R Challenge to help encourage the public to start thinking forward when they purchase products to heighten their awareness. The D2O 3R Challenge asks that people take a pledge to do four, simple tasks every day.

1. Reduce: Use Less One-Time-Use Plastics
By acknowledging one-time-use plastics on a daily basis, we kick start our goal: to reduce unnecessary plastic litter in our landfills, streets, and waterways. Together, we'll prevent these toxic one-time-use plastics from draining into the ocean. #D2OREDUCE

2. Reuse: Stop Buying Plastic Water Bottles
Americans alone used approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles annually. This plastic leaches toxins into the water, into your body, and into our waterways polluting them all. Plus, you can save tons of money by purchasing a reusable water bottle and drinking your own water from home. Using a glass or stainless steel reusable water bottle is better for your health, your wallet, and the environment. #D20REUSE

3. Recycle: Pick up One Piece of Trash Per Day
How many times do we see trash on the ground and just walk on by? Just think: if 300,000,000 US citizens did this challenge everyday, that would equal 109,000,500,000 pieces of trash picked up in one year. Sadly, we would all still see trash on our streets, but just think of what an impact it would make on the environment. It all starts with one person picking up just one piece of trash per day. #D2ORECYLE

4. Share the image below and daily examples of your D2O 3R Challenge pledges on your social media platforms with: @drainstoocean & #D2O3RCHALLENGE

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Are you ready to take the D2O 3R Challenge? Be part of the solution, not the pollution!


Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, non-profit organization with a mission to keep pollution from flowing into our rivers, lakes, and oceans. We believe that every drain matters. Our goal is to create awareness by educating the public and empowering local networks of active volunteers to participate in worldwide street cleanups.

Protecting the Ocean, One Drain at a Time


Locals Challenge in Surf City, Huntington Beach accepted by two locals

So we posted a "Locals Challenge" last Friday on Social Media to see who would be willing to help educate the public by showing just how much trash you can pickup from the shoreline to your car, after a surf. We had two kind locals (Sue Balestar and John Denney) accept the challenge and this is what they found. Thanks for taking 5 mins out of your day(s) and helping to spread the awareness that we all need to pitch in and help this environmental issue of littering. www.drainstoocean.org #drainstoocean #litter #hb #huntingtonbeach #surfcity #surfing #surf #educatetheyouth

California Coastal Clean Up Day

California Coastal Clean Up Day in Huntington Beach, CA. was a great success!
HSB Surfrider had 544 volunteers from as far as Tucson, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; City of Rancho Cucamonga & Barstow picked up 384.25 lbs. of trash.

Of that, 34 single use plastic bags and 7.6 lbs. of cigarette butts. 

This event was sponsored by: @shorebreakhotel & @drainstoocean // & @lavideodrone for capturing the moment!

Wanna do a beach cleanup in Huntington Beach? Check out www.hsbsurfrider.org

Beach Cleanup with Surfrider July 11th – Brookhurst Street – Huntington State Beach

Beach Cleanup with Surfrider July 11th – Brookhurst Street – Huntington State Beach

"Great day at the beach" sunny and warm

467 volunteers came out and picked up 482.6 lbs of trash!

Volunteers came from as far as Vancouver, BC and Corona (Corona HS & Youth Group); 146 members of the LDS Church, volunteers from: the National Charity League, Lion's Heart, Gateway, Liberty Dental Plan, Wells Fargo, La Quinta Key Club, Edison, Kohls - Seal Beach, Buena Park, Cypress, Yorba Linda., United Healthcare; Pierce College, local HS, (Boys and Girls Scout troops participated in the Discovery Channels - Shark Week)

International Surfing Day was a blast!

June 20th - 2015 Surfrider Foundation's Huntington/Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach Chapters want to thank you for participating with us to make ISD a big success. Sponsored by Drains to Ocean and many more! Thanks to all of our vendors who were able to join us out in the "beautiful sun" supporting our 2015 International Surfing Day.

Girls Scouts of America - Arlington - Potomac River - Park and River Cleanup - June 14th

Girls Scouts of America - Arlington Park and River Cleanup was a success! The girls picked up trash and were taught that it drains to the river, lakes and then even to the ocean

Our Girls Scout Troop organized a “River Clean Up” next to Washington DC along the Potomac River. With the Washington Monument as our back drop and the Potomac River as our body of water to save from pollutants, our troop filled trash and other litter into 4 trash bags and helped the Potomac River from pollutants that may have made its way into the river.

Our Girls Scout Troop was learning about ways to help prevent run-off and trash polluting our Rivers. One of the troop leaders had heard about the various Beach Clean-ups that were happening in her home town in Huntington Beach and shared this idea with her Girls Scout Troop. They decided they could do something similar along the river in Washington DC.

A total of 20 girls showed up for the “River Clean Up” and 4 trash bags were filled. It was a great turnout and great lesson for the Girl Scouts. Thanks for the idea Drains to Ocean!


Michelle Sagatov • Washington DC


The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, commonly called in America as simply the Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. http://www.girlscouts.org/

Beach Clean Up @ Tower 21, Bolsa Chica State Beach

Saturday's Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean Up @ Tower 21, Bolsa Chica State Beach June 6th

There were 277 volunteers that picked up 304 lbs of trash.  Of that, 7 lbs of Styrofoam; 2.6 lbs of cigarette butts; and 14 plastic bags.

Sponsored by: Drains to the Ocean