Happy 2014 Beach-Clean Prize!

Beach clean for Books!
Happy New Year from Bag-a-Surf!


We have one signed copy of Captain Charles Moore’s book Plastic Ocean, surely the best book out there on the marine debris issue. We’ll send our copy (it’s new btw) anywhere in the world to the first person to report a beach-clean in 2014. Just report your beach-clean to bagasurf.org and make sure you let us know how to contact you!

All the best from Bag-a-Surf
P.S. This year, we want to revamp our website, to make it the go-to site for beach-cleaners around the world. Can you help us with coding or funding?

Who’s the PET? 「消費者?」



Who’s the PET? 「消費者?」

Who’s the PET? is an art project created by Bag-A-Surf co-founder Rob Pott. It was created as an entry for the Toba SeaFolk Museum’s 5th “Umi wa Hiroi” Art Contest.

バガサーフ設立者ロブ ポットによる「消費者?」というアート作品。三重県鳥羽市の「海はひろいな大賞」作品展に提出してみました。9月14日~11月14日、鳥羽駅で展示会があります。私の作品が選ばれるように!


Anyone can participate, though this year’s submission date has already passed (I only found out about it 3 days before!), and Japanese is needed to go through the submission process. I’ll happily help anyone who wishes to participate next year. The top prize will be awarded $500.

The exhibition runs at the Toba Station from September 14 to November 14, and from what I’ve heard the museum is outstanding. Fingers crossed this work is selected!

Annual Scarecrow Contest

Umi no Gomimon (a.k.a. Trashomon), entering the annual Scarecrow Contest!

Umi no Gomimon (a.k.a. Trashomon), entering the annual Scarecrow Contest!

We entered Umi-no-Gomimon (a.k.a. Trashomon), our new marine debris monster to the local scarecrow contest. It was a great chance to talk to new people about marine debris and less-waste lifestyles. Results out tomorrow – fingers crossed!

No Pla Shop 「ノープラ」ショップ

We got eco-bags, newly-harvested honey from our bees, fresh and frozen fruit, and inari-zushi rice snacks served in lettuce!

We got eco-bags, newly-harvested honey from our bees, fresh and frozen fruit, and inari-zushi rice snacks served in lettuce!

Bag-a-Surf’s No Pla Shop had a great day on Sunday 9th June at Isumi SurfTown Festa. We sold out of inari-zushi rice balls wrapped in lettuce, shifted lots of honey (our bees gave us over 10 litres the day before), and created very little trash in the process!


No Pla = No Plastic Trash

Bag-a-Surf No-Pla Shop @ SurfTown Festa this Sunday!


We’re gonna run a No Plastic booth at Isumi’s SurfTown Festa this Sunday. We’ll be selling No Plastic goods and setting up an info counter on marine debris at Sangenya beach. Come and hang out!

You won't find any plastic bags at our shop though!

You won’t find any plastic bags at our shop though!

Shop featuring: Groovy Eco Bags, Organic T-Shirts, Accessories, No-Plastic Food.

Bag-a-Surf at WIN conference


We have just spent an intense 3 days as honored guests at the first World IndigenousNetwork conference in Darwin, Australia.

We have partnered up with Nobodyz Trash Indigenous Marine Debris Network to work to help indigenous communities around the world address problems of marine pollution and management of pollution. For these communities, the impacts of plastic marine pollution are particularly hard felt because cultural, social and economic health are so deeply tied to their environment. By working with local communities who face these challenges everyday the Nobodyz Trash team in partnership with Bag-a-Surf hopes to find innovative solutions to this ever growing issue. We look forward to documenting of important stories and cultural connections to the marine environment, mapping, education and mitigation of local marine pollution.


Pechakucha Tonight?

Off to do a Bag-a-Surf talk at the Pechakucha event (20 seconds x 20 slides) in Tokyo tonight. Got a spare ticket if you want to come listen. Call me quick! Meet at 19:30 Roppongi.