Today we launched our latest Rise Above Plastics campaign at the City of Satellite Beach Founders Day’s event.

You may have seen Todd the Trash Turtle in the parade. Here is a photo of Eric Schwarze, RAP leader, and the mastermind behind Todd posing with his creation:

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Todd the Trash Turtle is filled with the single-use plastic bags we collected via our location at Satellite Beach City Hall in the past week. If you haven’t already, please stop by to donate any unwanted single-use plastics bags you may have at home. As we continue to collect these bags, Todd the Trash Turtle will continue to grow.

Many people scoffed at Eric’s brilliant trash sculpture, but in the end, Todd had the last laugh:

We are pleased to report that Todd the Prize-Winning Trash Turtle is the official winner of the Spirit Award for Founder’s Day 2016. Here we see Todd displaying his newest prize:

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We have already distributed over 140 reusable bags as part of this campaign. If those bags are used every day for the next year, we will have saved 52,560 single-use plastic bags, 13,140 pieces of litter, and offset over 1,158 pounds of CO2 emissions. Most importantly, we are working together to protect our precious sea turtles from choking on this trash. Just like Todd, real sea turtles mistake single-use plastic bags for jellyfish and try to eat them. This results in serious injury or death.

If you missed us today at Founder’s Day, have no fear! The adventures of Todd the Trash Turtle have only just begun. You can still order your own reusable bags at HelpTheBeach.com, and learn more about the dangers of single-use plastic there.

You can also catch us at the upcoming Ocean Reef Beach Festival on December 3rd to get more reusable bags, and see Todd for yourself.

Skip the bag, save a turtle.

Together we can HelpTheBeach.com!

Special thanks to Eric Schwarze, Julie Finch, Mike Daniel, James Smith, Allison Arteaga, Orlando Briceno, all the members of the City of Satellite Beach Sustainability Board, Sebastian Inlet Surfrider Chapter, and of course, Todd the Trash Turtle, for making today’s event such a success!