Victoria Resident Diverts Over 2,500 lbs of Art Supplies From the Landfill

One Victoria resident is getting creative in turning trash into treasure through a community-based pop-up shop. Ashley Howe is the founder of a local non-profit called SUPPLY Victoria, which aims to reclaim potential waste and turn it into supplies for artists. “Our aim is to inspire people to see waste in a new light through the creative process of art,” Howe said. “Victoria seemed perfect; it has a strong sense…

Earth Hour 2022

On 26 March, 8:30 pm local time, switch off your lights to stand united for each other & the one home we all share.

Options for a Greener Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. Not so much if you’re a coastline, forest or landfill. According to statistics shared by Stanford University and Zero Waste Canada, there’s a 25 per cent increase in the amount of waste that heads to the landfills in both the United States and Canada between the middle of November and the beginning of January. Culprits include wrapping paper,…

Beach Clean-Up Kits NOW AVAILABLE

We’d like to introduce the LAUNCH of our Beach Clean-Up Kit project! The BCU Kit project serves to equip YOU, our community, with the needed resources to help protect our oceans, waves, and beaches in a safe manner. The BCU Kits will also help us prepare you for our fall Beach Clean-Up events, as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan will require participating volunteers to bring their own gear. What…

The Truth About Styrofoam

If you’ve been to a beach cleanup, you’re probably familiar with some of the common items we see, the majority of which are single-use plastics, such forks and spoons or bottles and caps. And foam. So much foam. From cups, plates, and clamshells to tiny foam fragments littering the wrack line, ‘styrofoam’ is everywhere. In fact, foam fragments have made it to Surfrider Foundation’s Top Five items we clean off…

Beach Cleanup Bingo Earth Week Event

For Earth Week this year, we are challenging you to a Beach Cleanup Bingo to win sweet prizes from local businesses like L/L Supply, Zero Waste Emporium, West Coast Refill and Goldilocks Goods! Visit your favourite local beaches and try to find the items on the card! Printable Bingo Card Digital Bingo Card Visit Us On Instagram RULES Head to a beach between April 17th to 25th with your bubble…

Blue Friday 2020 Is Coming

An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans each year. Mass consumerism and over-consumption is the driving force of this epidemic. Blue Friday is a collaboration of brands and consumers working together to use business for good. Every year on “Black Friday” the participating brands pledge to donate 100% of their profits to a jointly selected Ocean based cause. In 2019, the first ever Blue Friday, 7 participating…

Marine Debris Tracker App

Surfrider Canada has teamed up with the Marine Debris Tracker App to make it easier than ever to log your beach clean data! We can't clean our way out of the plastic pollution crisis, but recording data about the debris we find is the first step towards tackling this issue at the source; not only do we get a sense of which items are the biggest offenders, we amass compelling…

Found Objects Photo Contest

From now until October 16th, the Surfrider Foundation presents the 4th annual Found Objects photo contest. Found Objects is an opportunity for people to share items that they’ve found [and cleaned-up!] off of their local beach or waterway. Participants are encouraged to take a photo of the objects found on the beach, arranged in a creative and artistic way AND share a story about the photograph. This story can include…

S.O.S (Solidified Oil Spill) on Annacis Island

Solidified Oil Spill

The heavy rains across the region this week led to thousands of plastic pellets flowing into the Audley Channel on Annacis Island, spilling over onto the banks. In some places on the shore, the piles of shredded plastic are up to three centimetres deep. Catch our Solidified Oil Spill (S.O.S) coordinator David and other experts from our sister chapters on Global BC sharing the latest example of industrial plastic pollution spilling into…