Category: Single-Use Plastic

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…

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…

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…

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,…

International Plastic Bag Free Day

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day! We are celebrating this day by asking everyone to take the plastic free pledge! For just one day, or perhaps even longer! From 2-6pm, volunteers will be at the Surfrider tent outside of RBC in Cook St. Village. Come by the tent and learn about our Rise Above Plastics program and sign the petition to ban single-use plastic checkout bags in Victoria!…