Surfrider Vancouver Island has partnered with the Vancouver Island Green Businesses Certification (VIGBC) program to launch a new campaign that links businesses to responsible actions that will help keep our local beaches and waterways clean.

Surfrider Approved Businesses are granted a certification for taking leadership in reducing their overall plastic footprint. The entire VIGBC certification including a Surfrider Approved decal is $250/year and 10% of proceeds will go to the local Rise Above Plastics program, which reduces the impact of plastics in the marine environment.

Becoming Surfrider Approved

Surfrider Approved Business must obtain 3 out of 4 criteria points listed below

(note that eliminating single-use plastic bags is mandatory):


• Straws only provided on request OR compostable straws used in place of plastic straws

• Tap water is used rather than bottled (still) water

• Take-away containers are compostable

• Business does not distribute single-use plastic bags to customers *mandatory


• No single use products purchased for staff kitchen (e.g. coffee cartridges etc) *mandatory

• Reusable dishware is provided for staff use

• Tap water consumed rather than bottled water *mandatory

• All soft plastics are recycled

Retail businesses



• Tap water consumed rather than bottled (still) water

• Store does not distribute single-use plastic bags to customers *mandatory

• No single-use products purchased for staff kitchen supplies (e.g. coffee cartridges, stir sticks, etc.)

• Actively works with suppliers to reduce packaging and encourage low-emission deliveries

Salon & Spa


• Waste and extra chemicals are collected for proper disposal or recycling

• Tap water consumed rather than bottled water

• Products sold can be refilled or reused

• Business does not distribute plastic bags to customers *mandatory

Benefits of becoming Surfrider Approved

Approximately 90% of the waste found on local beaches during Surfriders’ regular beach clean ups are single-use plastics. Displaying a ‘Surfrider Approved’ decal on your shop door signals to customers, other business owners and your community that your business is actively stewarding local beaches and waterways by reducing unnecessary single-use plastic waste in your establishment.

When you become a Surfrider Approved Business, you will be recognized in the following ways:



Listed on our Rise Above Plastics website page with a link to your website



Social media posts endorsing your business through our Surfrider Vancouver Island FB, Twitter and Instagram accounts (approx 2000 active followers)



Advertising in our Monthly newsletter (approx 2700 reached)



Listing on Vancouver Island Green Business Directory and website

2016 Surfrider Approved Businesses

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