Plastic Production and Climate Change

Q. What is the link between climate change and the plastic industry? A. Plastic is made from petrochemicals, a byproduct of the fossil fuel industry. Because it is a byproduct, it is cheap and readily available -- and thus very profitable for companies. Industry benefits from increasing the market for plastic as part of our reliance on fossil fuels. From extraction to disposal and even once pollution, the entire lifecycle…

How To Lead A Beach Cleanup

Beach cleanups are a great way to get outdoors with family, friends and co-workers to do your part. Lot's of people ask us how they can put together their own, so we've put together this handy guide to assist you in your own cleanup project. 1 Before heading out on your beach clean, check the weather and tides to make sure conditions are safe! There's a great tides app you…

Portland Island Remote Beach Cleanup

We had an epic cleanup with Surfrider UVic on Portland Island last weekend. đź’™ It doesn't take long to see that even on a beautiful, remote island the plastic pollution problem persists. I could show you how pretty this Island is, but that’s not the point. The objective of the journey of these epic Surfrider UVic volunteers today was to highlight the issue of microplastics pollution on the semi-remote paradise,…

Surfrider Disappointed in Court Decision, Calls for BC Leadership on Single-Use Plastic Regulations

For immediate release July 11th, 2019 (British Columbia) - While today’s decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal is disappointing, it presents a call for provincial and federal action on plastic waste and plastic pollution. To date, seven municipalities in B.C. have written and implemented their own laws on plastic check-out bags. This growing patchwork of municipal laws across the province will only cause confusion.  As the Court of Appeal…

Surfrider Foundation Urges the Federal Government to end the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

Surfrider Foundation urges the federal government to end the Trans Mountain Pipeline project as another commitment to solving the climate emergency, announced on June 17th, 2019. British Columbia - In conjunction with the federal government’s announcement to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021 and conduct scientific research on plastic through the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the need to transition from fossil fuels to renewables is critical. According to Lilly…

Statement from Surfrider Canada on the State of Recycling and Single-Use Plastics

STATEMENT FROM SURFRIDER FOUNDATION CANADA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2019 What’s Happening? Surfrider Foundation Canada is making a statement on the current condition of the recycling industry and single-use plastics in Canada as well as the recent declaration from Encorp Pacific (Canada) about their Bottle Depot Return-It Centre, claims that of May 13th, their Victoria and Saanich locations will no longer be accepting “all Blue Box material, Plastic…

Compostable Plastics 101

The Hard-to-break-down Facts On April 2nd, Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island gathered a group of experts to help us satisfy our curiosity about compostable plastics. We learned that "compostable" is a misnomer. Compostable plastics (typically plastic material made of PLA or polylactic acid) require a very specific set of conditions to break down, and most industrial composting facilities can’t provide those conditions. Most compostable plastics never make it to a composting…

Multi-Beach Cleanup

A few weeks ago, we drove out along the West Coast to four of our favourite beaches: China, Mystic, French and Sombrio. We all love these beaches, whether it's for surfing, camping, swimming, or playing with our friends, families or furry animal friends. So naturally, we hate seeing our beaches littered with trash. At first glance, the shorelines look spotless; the water crystal clear. But dig a little deeper and…

Chapter Meeting January 2019: What’s the deal with compostable plastics?

Welcome to the New Year! First and foremost, we’d like to thank every one of our volunteers and sponsors who helped make 2018 amazing. We tackled some pretty hard hitting issues, and we are so proud of the changes made. Let’s take a look back at what we accomplished. In June, Victoria was the first city in BC to ban plastic bags - well done! We signed up over 35…

Surfrider Display Featured at Shaw Centre For The Salish Sea

As a diver, I have always enjoyed visiting the aquarium. It is a great chance for me to view the marine animals that I love without the going through the hassle of donning complicated dive gear. So when Surfrider Vancouver Island was looking for a volunteer to go check out their new display at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea I jumped on the opportunity. Little did I know,…