Styrofoam drive at Mothers Market collects a small mountain of foam

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COSTA MESA, Calif., June 4-5, 2016 — Mother’s Market and Kitchen, a natural and organic foods retailer, hosted a “styrofoam-to-surfboard” recycling drive, in support of SustainableSurf.org’s “Waste to Waves”. The event was in honor of “World Oceans Day” June 8.

The community was invited to drop off their recyclable “styrofoam” packaging foam. A very significant amount of foam was collected from the local community, and from Mother’s operations. This was a good turnout for the event, which was held for the first time in Costa Mesa.

Mother’s Market shoppers were treated to a musical performance by Joel Harper, musician and author of the children’s book All the Way to the Ocean on Saturday. The book teaches children about protecting and sustaining the environment. Harper is the brother of well-known folk/soul/bluesman, Ben Harper.

Everyone who brought foam to the event were eligible to win raffle prizes from Enjoy Handplanes, Bureo Skateboards, Suga yoga mats, and Green Toys, which are all products made from recycled plastics and wetsuits. Surf Sweets gifts packs were also given out.

Representatives from the Surf Rider Foundation were on-hand to educate attendees on additional ways to reduce plastic pollution from our beaches and waves.

The collected polystyrene foam will be recycled by Marko Foam Blanks, into new surfboards and other products. This reduces the amount of waste going into landfills and the ocean. Note that only clean, white packaging “styrofoam,” such as the foam material used to protect fragile goods, like electronics, televisions and furniture, can be recycled.