YOU make a world of difference. Literally.  

Aerie fam, your outpouring of support for our Surfrider Partnership has moved us all immensely. We are humbled and grateful that you took part in helping the organization take strides to preserve the environment and defend clean water for all people, a mission that impacts the globe over.  

Your groundbreaking donation is but a reminder of the real love that you all carry, which you show us always. Thank you for keeping it #AerieREAL.  

A Thank You from the Surfrider Foundation:  

“We are extremely grateful for the support of American Eagle, Aerie and their customers. The collective donation received in 2021 is the largest corporate gift in our organization’s history, and will enable us to make strides toward our goals of eliminating plastic pollution at the source, defending clean water and access to safe and enjoyable recreation at the beach, and supporting the next generation of coastal defenders through our growing Student Club Network.” 

Catch up on Surfrider and our Earth Week partnership below:

Happy Earth Day, Aerie fam! This year, we’ve teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation to help support Earth Day’s longstanding movement of ensuring environmental protection. Surfrider, which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, has worked for over three decades to help reduce plastic pollution, preserve natural shorelines and protect clean water.  

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Now, we’re inviting you to join us in doing some REAL Good by helping the organization continue its impactful mission! Throughout Earth Week and on Earth Day we’re launching different options for you to get involved. Check out all of the ways to support the Surfrider Foundation below: 

3.29 – 4.25: Look for PIN pad donations (in stores!) + the cart donation (online!) — treat yourself, treat the planet.  

4.14 – 4.20: Aerie will donate $1 per REAL Good Swim item sold in-stores & online, up to $25K.  

4.18: We’re giving out free, metal reusable straws with a $5+ donation in market stores (while supplies last). 

4.18: Catch our IG Live with 2020 #AerieREAL Changemaker Candice Youngblood and Sustainability & Environmental Activist Leah Thomas

Earth Day 4.22: AE & Aerie will donate $1 per Real Rewards transaction and $2 per credit transaction, up to $51K for the 51st anniversary of Earth Day! 

Catch some waves!

To get more information, we caught up with Surfrider’s CEO, Chad Nelsen, and COO, Michelle Kremer, to hear their perspectives on why and how you should get involved now. Read more below! 

What are some of the key ways that Surfrider garners support and builds a community around its efforts?  

Michelle Kremer: For more than 34 years, the Surfrider Foundation has been protecting what we all love — our ocean, waves and beaches. What started as a group of surfers that came together to protect Malibu from overdevelopment and pollution has grown into one of the most powerful coastal protection groups in the world. Through our network of chapters, we engage at the local level by offering opportunities for  passionate citizens to get involved and play a role in our mission. 

Chad Nelsen: Surfrider is made up of incredibly passionate, dedicated and persistent activists. One of our mantras is ‘we rally, we protect and we win’. We recognize that the fight to lasting coastal and ocean protection is a marathon and not a sprint. We are in this for the long haul and have had campaigns that last over a decade, engaging thousands of citizens who share our passion for protecting and enjoying our coasts along the way. 

What are the most important ways people can support Surfrider right now? 

Michelle: Become a member!   

Chad: To get involved locally with Surfrider, you can find your local chapter or student club at

How can people get involved with efforts to protect the world’s oceans right in their own communities? In their everyday lives?  

Michelle: There are several ways! Wherever you are, keep an eye out for litter hanging out where it doesn’t belong and pick it up so it never reaches the beaches or ocean; be wise with your shopping choices and reduce your plastic footprint by bringing a reusable shopping bag, bringing a reusable water bottle or coffee cup with you while you’re running errands and skipping utensils and the plastic bag when you’re getting takeout from a restaurant.   

Chad: Stay informed, share what you learn and make mindful habit choices that support a healthy environment. 

What are you most excited about with this Aerie partnership?  

Michelle: I am most excited that through the partnership we have the opportunity to educate, raise awareness and hopefully inspire people to take action in their daily lives to protect what they love. 

Chad: Growing Surfrider’s support is critical to protect our ocean and coasts. When we have enough people and resources behind us we win every time. Having more members and corporate partners on our side gives us significant political clout, and the critical financial support provides the resources to lead powerful and winning campaigns. 

One wish for the world—what would it be? 

Michelle: That people would recognize that they can take small actions that add up to big results that lead to positive change; picking up trash, voting, passing on a smile. 

Chad: For a just, equitable and inclusive experience for all people in their pursuit of their employment, passion and things that bring them joy.  

Both: For our ocean, waves and beaches to be a safe place for all people to enjoy. 

Michelle and Chad

So, what are you waiting for? The beaches need you. Shop Real Good Swim and more of the Aerie Collection now and help support Surfrider in preserving the oceans and water today! (P.S. Check out AE’s Real Good tees in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation for even more fun options). 

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