JUNKride Interview: Cyclists on 2,000-mile Ride Roll Into Santa Monica, Raising Awareness of Ocean's 'Plastic Soup'
The JUNKride duo, Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Anna Cummins, used with permission.
On April 4th, two LA residents, Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, set off an a 2,000-mile bike ride, the JUNKride, from Vancouver to Tijuana, to raise awareness and educate children and adults about the damage plastic is causing to our oceans.
The ride has lead them through dozens of cities including Portland, Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Chico and San Francisco, and has included stops to give presentations and lead discussions about the ''plastic soup-which has doubled in size in the past decade-despoiling our oceans." They have met with the Mayor of Portland, and Cummins has tested her own blood "for DDT, PCBs and other chemicals we all may be ingesting by eating fish that eat tainted plastic."
This Saturday, Los Angeles will have their chance to meet the JUNKride crew and join them for a group ride from the Santa Monica Pier to the Long Beach Surfrider International Surf Day event.
Anna took the time answer some questions for LAist about her experiences on the JUNKraft, how this lead to the JUNKride, the myths about recycling plastic and tips on avoiding plastic shampoo bottles with shampoo bars.