Stitch N Beach began as an event to raise awareness around “BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag” with the goal to create 1000 reusable bags for the Tofino Co-op before the kick off of Whale Festival in March, 2017. Our community surpassed this goal, and continued to make reusable bags for both the Tofino and Ucluelet Co-op, making it easier for people to say no to single use plastic bags. Both Co-ops were so inspired by this action and joined the movement by eliminating plastic bags from tills at check out in June and October 2017!

Now, Stitch N Beach continues on as a Surfrider Pacific Rim program let by Surfrider Support Kelby Holmes. This group continues to make bags out of recycled textiles, but also runs workshops like “Fix It Don’t Ditch It”, and alternatives to single use plastics like beeswax wrap. Around the holidays, this group also makes decorations and festive accoutrements, like stockings and Christmas tree ornaments!

Check out our Event Calendar to find out when the next Stitch N Beach is happening! We meet once a month in Tofino and Ucluelet, snacks and refreshments provided! To find out more, or to share ideas and collaborate email Kelby Holmes at support@pacificrim.surfrider.org