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You make a difference! 

Everything we do affects everything that exists and if you take the time to observe anything in nature, you realize how much your impact has. 


Your involvement today makes a difference tomorrow. If you're here to make an impact, you've come to the right place! 


Ridding the ocean of trash and plastics is our passion and inspiring others to do the same through awareness is our mission! 


We are working to create a ​community that encourages and promotes clean oceans and protect our beaches for future generations. We exist to make a difference and we're so excited you want to be a part of it!

Our 3 Pillars Are:

Prevent - Remove - Educate


Clean Ups


Meet us for a community beach clean ups or join us virtually by participating in your own clean up and tagging us to share your efforts! 





More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, yet more than 90% of all plastic is not recycled. At least 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year—equal to a garbage truck per minute. Donations help make our efforts to protect the oceans possible.

Please consider contributing.

Become a Member

Sign up for a yearly membership to become a force for change. Your level of support can range from just $5 to $125, and it goes to making our home a safer and more beautiful place!

Volunteer Your Skills With Us

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At Stand Up To Trash, we are committed to making a meaningful impact, but we can't do it alone. We need your help to continue our vital work.

Can you spare your time, skills, or resources in these areas? 


-Photography  & Videographer

-Booklet Maker

- Have a skill that we could use?

Together, we can make a difference!

Fill out the form and let us know how you can help! 


 Thank you for your kindness and generosity! 

Help For The Entangled, Hurt or Injured Animals

Wildlife Help Numbers

Call the Entanglement Reporting Hotline at 1-877-SOS-WHALE 

(1-877-767-9425) or contact the U.S. Coast Guard on a VHF radio, Channel 16.

Authorities can then assemble the appropriate professionals to respond to the disentanglement.

Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari has great information on How Entangled Whales Are Rescued



You can be a part of the solution!

Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

  • Carry reusable shopping bags

  • Give up bottled water, sodas and other plastic bottled beverages

  • Carry  reusable utensils and glass drinking straws

  • Carry a stainless steel travel mug or water bottle at all times for coffee and other drinks while out

  • When ordering pizza say no to the little plastic table in the middle of the pizza box. 

  • Say no to plastic produce bags

  • Use Loose Leaf Tea / ditch the tea bag

  • Say no to plastic cutlery

  • Straws suck

  • Ditch the cling wrap

  • Shop your local farmers market

  • Buy from the bulk bin and bring your own bags or containers

  • Choose plastic free chewing gum

  • Clean with vinegar and water

  • Avoid anything with “polyethylene” listed as an ingredient. 

  • Switch to bar soap

  • Use plastic free sunscreen

  • Use natural beeswax coated cloth wraps instead of plastic cling film (I love ours, and we made our own using our favorite fabric) 

  • Make your own homemade yogurt, nut milk, snacks and energy bars. 

  • Repair things when they break instead of buying a new one. 

  • Compost food waste

  • Shop thrift stores 



Do you care about the future of our planet? 

Do you think we should be respectful of all living creatures and the environment?

Do you care about your health?

Do you want to be a part of a positive movement? 

Do you like being resourceful? 

Do you consider yourself a positive role model for friends and family? 


If you answered “Yes! That’s Me!” to any of those questions, we want you to be our ambassador! 



We’re looking for people that are living green, sustainable, mindful, eco conscious, organic, environmentally friendly, conservationist, vegan or vegetarian great,  but not necessary to help spread our message of inspiring a change to be a part of the solution.




“I pledge, as an Ambassador for Stand Up To Trash to use my voice and platform to bring awareness to the conservation and protection of our oceans, and to help educate my audience toward positive change.”

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Michael Draves

Michael joined Stand Up To Trash to participate in marine conservation while educating others on the importance of conservation. When he moved to Capistrano Beach, he wanted to become involved in preserving and protecting the place he now calls home.


After participating in one of Stand Up To Trash’s beach cleanups, he was inspired by their mission of protecting the ocean through the removal of plastic waste while also encouraging others to do the same.


Inspired by their dedication to marine conservation and education, Michael became an ambassador to further advocate for environmental protection.

Jolyn Zheng

My family uses eco-friendly household cleaning products. 

Changes I'd like to see in the world: 

- More recycling bins

-Everyone using reuseable bags at the grocery store! 

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Junior Ambassador

Kaylani Kristjanson

It's never too early to be an ocean super hero!


At only 10 years of age, Kaylani is taking initiative to be a force for change and to be spread the word of protecting our beautiful beaches and waters. 

Join the Junior Ambassadors today!


Be like Bridget!


Ambassador Bridget Posluszny 

Meet our beautiful Ambassador Bridget Posluszny!

I believe in keeping my “home” ( beach) clean!
I avoid single-use plastics, straws, cups and plates!
I use bamboo utensils, reusable straws and reuse glass jars for sea glass, plants, pencils and supplies.
I always bring my own bag when shopping, always!!!

When I leave the beach I bring memories, collect trash from others and anything I brought there!
I believe in lowering our carbon footprints.

I have been fueled by a plant based diet since 1985, ride, skate or walk most places and decrease usage of home appliances.
I’m a perfectly imperfect tiny ball of energy hoping to conserve, protect and help others respect our oceans!
I love to live Aloha and see the good in everything!
Everyday is a gift and I would love to see more people keep giving the gift!
Giving respect and love to humans, animal and our Mother Earth and Ocean.
I also love inspiring young people and encouraging them that THEY can make a difference in our world by picking up pieces of trash, planting trees and produce and avoiding plastics.

I will always be a barefoot wandering wahine- riding the waves and enjoying the days! ALOHA


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Download and sign to officially take the pledge.


What is trash?

Why do we have trash? 

What do you currently do to Stand Up To Trash? 

Whats something new you could do or some thing you could do better to stand up to trash? 


How much trash enters the ocean per year? - 8,000,000 tons - that is one garbage truck per minute


What percentage of the trash in the ocean is plastic?  – 80% 


How much plastic actually gets recycled? –  6-9%

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Plastic has an inability to decompose because it is made of toxic chemicals.


Instead it  photodegrades, becoming microplastics that release toxins and continue to pollute the environment.

There are an estimated 51 trillion micro plastic particles in our seas.


This is what the number looks like 51,000,000,000,000

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