Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Straws Suck Campaign successfully got all businesses in Tofino (April, 2016) and Ucluelet (June, 2018) to voluntarily give up single-use plastic straws and provide paper or reusable upon request. Following this achievement, 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. These coastal towns are also the first in British Columbia to ban plastic straws! Check out the press coverage HERE. In Tofino and Ucluelet, you can now expect all business to:
  • stop using plastic straws
  • only give straws on request
  • provide paper or reusable upon request
Single use plastic is an overwhelming norm in our daily lives; its hard to escape their omnipresence. The Straws Suck Campaign is helping people to perceive the tangible changes needed to eliminate single use plastic in every day existence. Through travellers and the increasing amount of media attention, Tofino will continue to be a trendsetter for other places to follow. This means what we do has the chance to become popular in other municipalities, and we are using this power to positively transform our community, businesses, and environment!
Let’s end the consumption of single use plastic, starting with straws, and leading to other products like bags, utensils, and plastic bottles.

We invite everyone to let their server know they have pledged to the STRAWS SUCK campaign, and request for NO PLASTIC STRAW in your drink. It’s up to everyone in the community to take part in ensuring this campaign remains a success, so practice being a  peaceful activist and always ask your local business if you are not sure if they have stayed committed to the campaign. We are all in this together, one slurp at a time.

Have a look at all the awesome businesses in Tofino that [definitely]don’t suck!

If you are a business struggling to find resources or are finding the campaign difficult to stick to, please let Surfrider Pacific Rim help! Email us at for support and help anytime! Check our FAQ page to download our campaign pack so you can also implement the campaign in your region!