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, and in the spring of 2018, Surfrider Pacific Rim presented on the Ban the Bag achievements to the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet. On June 26, 2018, the District of Tofino responded to this presentation by passing a Motion to regulate all single-use plastics! To read the Motion, click HERE. Now, both the District of Tofino and District of Tofino are working on a ban on plastic bags that will be implemented in 2019!
2019 – Surfrider Pacific Rim goals include:
- Supporting the ban on plastic bags through our Rise Above Plastics winter workshop series
- Working with both Districts to educate the public on the plastic bag ban
- Supporting more B.C. municipalities, schools and businesses in eliminating plastic bags
- Working to eliminate and create solutions for other forms of plastic bags, including dog poop bags and produce bags
- Plastic bag/waste free events
Ban the Bag 2018 & 2017 Achievements
- Free reusable bag box at the Ucluelet Co-Op Grocery! Bring in reusable bags to fill, and take some if you need!
- Getting 80% of businesses in Tofino to voluntarily eliminate plastic bags from check out
- Both Co-Ops in Tofino and Ucluelet eliminated single use plastic bags! Paper bags can be purchased for 10 cents, and reusable bags can also be purchased.
- “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!