Toy Companies: Stop Using Plastic Packaging

Last spring, a group of us were walking on the beach in Rincon, when we found a baby seal with plastic wrapped around his neck. Every time he moved, it would pull and choke him. We ended up being able to free him but it was horrible to see. The experience inspired us to launch this PETITION ASKING TOY COMPANIES TO ELIMINATE PLASTIC PACKAGING.  Plastic packaging is the single BIGGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE OVER 28 BILLION pounds of plastic that enter the ocean each year, representing a massive 42% of the plastic polluting our oceans (Ocean Conservancy, 2018). And toy companies are one of the biggest producers of plastic packaging. To the CEO’s of LEGO, BANDAI, NAMCO HOLDINGS, FISHER-PRICE, BARBIE, NERF, and HOT WHEELS, we are asking for your help. Toys are supposed to be for kids having fun, learning, and exploring; not polluting our ocean and the environment we live and play in. We are the kids who buy your toys. Please do the right thing and eliminate plastic packaging.  PLASTIC POLLUTION HAS A MASSIVE IMPACT ON ALL OF OUR HEALTH. From the tiniest plankton in the ocean to the largest whales in the sea, plastics effect nearly 700 species including humans. Even human babies are now regularly born with chemicals from plastic already in their bodies (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2015).  PLASTIC IS IN OUR FOOD SYSTEMS, DRINKING WATER, OCEANS, and LAKES because plastic degrades and turns into microscopic particles that enter our food and water system. CEO’s of LEGO, BANDAI, NAMCO HOLDINGS, FISHER-PRICE, BARBIE, NERF, and HOT WHEELS, thank you for doing the right...

5 Things We Love About Vissla

Yesterday was super fun! First we got in a surf at Salt Creek. Then we shot some drone photos for M.M. Studios, and then we got to go tour the headquarters of Stokehouse Unlimited – Vissla, D’Blanc, and Amuse Society where we learned about their cool eco initiatives! Vince de la Pena, their VP of Global Marketing was a seriously awesome tour guide! He introduced us to every single person in the office that day from Chris Evans, the VP of International Business and Sustainability Initiatives, to Rob McCarty, the VP of Design, and lots of other team members. We even got to meet the CEO, Paul Naude, who was really encouraging of our vision of young people making the world a better place. (We did some research and he’s talked about the surf industry being “built on creativity, fearlessness, and the naivete of youth” so maybe that’s why he seemed to like us.) It was really inspiring to meet so many people who are doing what they love for a company that seems like it is returning surfing to its roots: connecting people who love riding waves, the ocean, and talking story. We also got some good ideas for future careers. Here are five things we love about Vissla: They took the time to talk to us, some “kids” who are just starting our dream. We talked about the future of sustainably produced clothing, the true cost of things, and shorts made out of renewable resources such as coconut fiber and recycled items such as soda bottles. Their office is sick! It’s super modern and clean and filled with upcoming designs and samples. And...

Visiting Surfer Magazine Headquarters

For spring break we got to go on a road trip with our moms and our grandma. The dads couldn’t make this one but fortunately we’ve gotten to hang out with some cool dad friends along the way, including our cousin Sean who is about to have a baby. Today we got to visit Tony Perez, a family friend who is also the General Manager of Surfer Magazine, Surfer the Bar, and the Surfer Awards, at his office in Carlsbad, CA. His office is super cool with ping pong tables and a huge skate ramp. Since surfing and lots of the other action sports companies they represent would not exist without a healthy climate and environment, we’ve always appreciated Surfer’s support of environmental causes and campaigns. Why do we like the Surfer team? Beside the fact that they love all the sports we love? They have saved Trestles! And there was a good article in the December issue of Surfer, What will having a pro-industry climate change denier at the head of the Environmental Protection Agency mean for surfers? by Todd Prodanovich. We hope Surfer will continue to do good things for the environment. We love Surfer! For more #companieswelove, visit us at...
We Need an EPA Director Who Cares About the Environment

We Need an EPA Director Who Cares About the Environment

One hundred seventy+ environmental organizations have joined together to oppose Pruitt’s nomination to head EPA. In a letter to supporters, the media and Congress, here’s what they conclude about his nomination: President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has actively worked against the mission of the agency he has been nominated to lead. He should be rejected by the Senate. Scott Pruitt’s views and actions run counter to the EPA’s critical mission to protect our health and the environment. He is unfit to administer the laws he would be entrusted to enforce. I know we’re just kids, but this just doesn’t make sense. I think we’re going to have to be part of the #checksandbalances that make our country great. We’re talking about ideas and trying to figure out how we can have the most impact. Got ideas? Join EcoKid and let us know! Meanwhile thanks to the NRDC, Moms Clean Air Force, and the hundreds of other organizations who care about clean air, food, water, and life more than they care about...
Do the McConkey EcoChallenge with Your School

Do the McConkey EcoChallenge with Your School

We were all lucky to grow up with the famous free skier Shane McConkey as another uncle-kind-of-person in our life. We knew he was a big deal to people in the ski industry, but really we just knew him as the fun dad who liked to run around with us, be goofy, and play the game “Would you rather….” His and our favorite question was always, “Would you rather stay in California the rest of your life with an awesome home, or travel the whole world forever but not be able to come back to California ever?” There were also a lot of questions about “inappropriate” things we probably shouldn’t put here. Shane passed away when we were all really little. His wife, our Aunti Sherry, is awesome and she is doing so much to honor his life and carry on for their daughter, our friend Ayla. Check out The Shane McConkey Foundation and get your school involved in the McConkey...