It is estimated that Canadians use 2.86 billion plastic bags every year. The average Canadian uses between 200-300 bags per year. If tied together the grand total of 2.86 billion plastic bags would stretch around the Earth’s equator 22 times. Marine mammals and seabirds can not survive our plastic pollution. Surfrider Pacific Rim challenged this reality through the Ban the Bag Campaign, which was successfully achieved as the District of Tofino and District of Ucluelet passed a Motion to regulate single-use plastics in June and November 2018. On June 8th, 2019, the plastic bag and plastic straw ban came into effect in both towns.
2019 – Surfrider Pacific Rim goals include:
- Accomplished – Supporting the ban on plastic bags through our Rise Above Plastics winter workshop series
- Accomplished – Working with both Districts to educate the public on the plastic bag ban
- Ongoing – Supporting more B.C. municipalities, schools and businesses in eliminating plastic bags
- In Progress – Working to eliminate and create solutions for other forms of plastic bags, including dog poop bags and produce bags
- Ongoing – Plastic bag/waste free events
Ban the Bag 2018 & 2017 Achievements
- Free reusable bag box at the Ucluelet Co-op Grocery, which influenced the Co-op to eliminate plastic check out bags, galvanizing the plastic bag free movement
- Getting 80% of businesses in Tofino to voluntarily eliminate plastic bags from check out
- Both Co-ops in Tofino and Ucluelet eliminating single use plastic bags
- “Bag It” film night with panel board experts on plastic bags in both Tofino and Ucluelet
- Creation of 2000 reusable bags in 2018 through the Stitch ‘n’ Beach group which meets once monthly in Ucluelet and Tofino, with the goal of making reusable fabric bags, and hosting workshops that create alternatives to plastic products like beeswax wrap!