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,…

Volunteer Spotlight – Jean-Francois Savard

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? 3 years Why did you become involved? It's important for me to protect what we have now for future generations to enjoy. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? Our upcoming remote beach clean ups which will be done with our dedicated volunteers and our ever supporting sponsors. What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Some people call it surfboarding!…

Victory for Recreational Ocean Users

Surfrider Vancouver Island is stoked that we all get to paddle and play in a soon-to-be cleaner marine environment! What great news it was to hear that we are mere weeks away from breaking ground on our new tertiary wastewater treatment facility! It is such a victory for us all to have clean water. There were many moments over the past few years when it felt hard to stay engaged…

Volunteer Spotlight – Darcy O’Neill

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? About three and a half years, since July 2013. Why did you become involved? To involve myself in the local surf community and to become a better environmental citizen. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? As treasurer I am lucky to have some involvement in all campaigns and programs to provide financial oversight and administration. I can…

Volunteer Spotlight – Annie Gibson

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? Since December 2012 Why did you become involved? I love being near water and I’ve been cleaning more garbage off of them over the years. When I found that Surfrider was trying to do something about it, I had to join in...Protect what you love! What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? Wavehunt 2017 at China Beach on…

Volunteer Spotlight – Rachael Montgomery

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? 3 years Why did you become involved? I was excited about getting to spend more time with like-minded people who are passionate about making change. I went to a few Chapter meetings and it was inspiring to see people volunteer their time because they are passionate about protecting our coastlines. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? 2017…

Volunteer Spotlight – Erin Willows

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? 5 Years. Why did you become involved? After learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution and my own plastic footprint, I couldn’t stand by and watch what was happening to the environment around me without taking action. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI? The Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program dedicated to the elimination of plastic waste in the…