Purge the Plastic Meets Bend’s Surfrider Foundation

We were very happy to be invited to have a table and meet everyone who attended the February Surfrider Foundation event in Bend. It was hosted at OSU Cascades and the food was great (pizza!) and more.

We had just gotten our “Purge the Plastic” stickers and it was amazing to see how much people liked them. We gave away stickers to people who signed our pledge form and offered to share their ideas with us. Others donated $1 to our budget and got a sticker.

We thought we knw a lot about plastic and recycling but we learned even more from Ani Kasch who presented her “Rethink Waste” talk. It is so sad to think that even when people might think they are doing the right thing by recycling plastic they are actually making the situation worse by putting the wrong things in a recycling bin. In the end, the only way we are going to make a difference is by REFUSING plastic any way we can.


We also met some local Bend community members who are working in schools just like we are. In fact, if you go to their website there is plenty of information how YOU (or anyone) can take the pledge and get involved. Here is the link. 

A video is a great way to share a mission in a story that is fun and easy to understand. Take a look at the “Be the Change” video from No2Plastic.

A Great Surprise – Zero Plastic Water Bottles

We all can make a difference. I learned yesterday that my 2018 video (Snowball of Solutions) asking the sports community to stop using plastic water bottles inspired Geoff Frank and the team at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe to search for ways to replace the 4000+ water bottles they usually sold in the summer.

Geoff talked with the Deschutes Brewery and they listened. That’s the “ripple effect” in action. And that’s how Deschutes canned water was born in 2019. It became the solution for those without reusable bottles.

Last summer Tumalo sold zero plastic bottles. You can only imagine how happy that made me! Also, Dan McGarigle of Pine Mountain Sports also credits the film for inspiring him and his team to swap plastic bottles for reusable, or cans and glass. Click for video

Now, here’s my request: I am asking all of Central Oregon stores along with Visit Bend Oregon to swap plastic for reusable and canned water. Support our kids and be a part of the Snowball of Solutions. Please share this message with other outdoor stores! Share in all your social media.

YOU can be part of the SNOWBALL OF SOLUTIONS.

Hello world! Snowball of Solutions: The Beginning

Hi I’m Julia and I’m a “powder hound.” What’s a Powder Hound? It’s someone who loves the snow. I love to play in the snow all winter long.

You might wonder – how can a snowball save the sea. Follow my blog to find out.

In the summer I like to play in the ocean. One day I thought the coolest thing. What if the snow I was in all winter went down to the ocean that I was in some of the summer? Is that even possible?

So I got out a map of Oregon and I saw that the lakes and rivers and the ocean were all connected. In my next blog I’ll tell you more about my story!