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A Rubbermaid container full of cigarette butts that were collected in Tofino and recycled thanks to Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Hold On To Your Butts campaign. (Photo courtesy of Surfrider Pacific Rim)

Hold On To Your Butts campaign a smoking success in Tofino-Ucluelet

Over 1.2 million cigarette butts collected

 

Debris artist Pete Clarkson stands next to his latest installment, ‘Classic Plastic’ outside Gaia Grocery in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Surfrider Pacific Rim)

Provocative art installation challenges bottled water buyers in Tofino

Beachcomber and debris artist Pete Clarkson unveils new piece

 

Ocean lovers gather for a beach clean of Cox Bay in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory on Sept. 17. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Surfrider Canada and Reef host International Coastal Cleanup Day in Tofino

About 60 volunteers pitched in for a cleanup of Cox Bay on Sept. 17

 

Surfrider Pacific Rim core crew hold the ‘Dart Board’, a surfboard made with cigarette butts by Ucluelet shaper Jesse Jones. (Submitted photo)

WORLD OCEANS DAY: Canada’s first cigarette surfboard brings awareness to tobacco pollution

Surfrider Pacific Rim would like to see a federal ban on cellulose acetate cigarette filters

Surfrider Pacific Rim core crew hold the ‘Dart Board’, a surfboard made with cigarette butts by Ucluelet shaper Jesse Jones. (Submitted photo)
Visitors and locals can help reduce their own plastic consumption by carrying re-usable cutlery sets like these ones available at the Tourism Tofino Cox Bay Visitor Centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino first in B.C. to ban single-use plastic cutlery

The amended bylaw includes banning plastic spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks and stir sticks

Visitors and locals can help reduce their own plastic consumption by carrying re-usable cutlery sets like these ones available at the Tourism Tofino Cox Bay Visitor Centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Alys Hoyland, front, Amorita Adair, and Laurie Hannah are stoked about swapping out the foam on Tofino’s First Street dock with more eco-friendly air-filled floats. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim receives $40,000 donation from Blue Friday

Funds to be used to replace EPS foam at Tofino’s First Street dock

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Alys Hoyland, front, Amorita Adair, and Laurie Hannah are stoked about swapping out the foam on Tofino’s First Street dock with more eco-friendly air-filled floats. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Arc’teryx athlete Pete Devries and Surfrider Pacific Rim Youth Lead Alys Hoyland are stoked to join forces to pioneer a digital ocean-friendly schools curriculum. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Arc’teryx sponsors Surfrider Pacific Rim youth program

YES Program includes downloadable lesson plans and ocean-friendly schools toolkit

Arc’teryx athlete Pete Devries and Surfrider Pacific Rim Youth Lead Alys Hoyland are stoked to join forces to pioneer a digital ocean-friendly schools curriculum. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ocean Friendly Business certificate in hand, Ucluelet Campground maintenance manager Damien Kenyon stands in front of their old wood shed turned recycling centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)

World Oceans Day: Tofino and Ucluelet businesses commit to sustainable waste management

Surfrider Pacific Rim proudly dishes out 15 new Ocean Friendly Business certificates

Ocean Friendly Business certificate in hand, Ucluelet Campground maintenance manager Damien Kenyon stands in front of their old wood shed turned recycling centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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COLUMN: Tofino and Ucluelet once again ahead of the curve on plastic pollution

Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter manager applauds West Coast’s polystyrene ban.

  • Apr 26, 2021
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Surfrider Pacific Rim chair Amorita Adair, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury are encouraging folks to remember their water bottles and to drink the beautiful tap water Tofino enjoys from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory of Meares Island, which is pictured in the background. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim takes on plastic water bottles

Grassroots environmental nonprofit hopes to nix water bottles in Tofino and Ucluelet by spring 2022

Surfrider Pacific Rim chair Amorita Adair, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury are encouraging folks to remember their water bottles and to drink the beautiful tap water Tofino enjoys from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory of Meares Island, which is pictured in the background. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter manager Lilly Woodbury touted the new ban as “definitely terrific news”

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Surfrider champion Jason Sam, back row centre, alongside USS Youth Environmental Stewardship program students after a triumphant marine debris clean up of Flo Bay. (Westerly File photo)

Jason Sam wins Surfrider Wavemaker Award

“It’s an award that reflects on everyone.”

Surfrider champion Jason Sam, back row centre, alongside USS Youth Environmental Stewardship program students after a triumphant marine debris clean up of Flo Bay. (Westerly File photo)
Up and riding, Lilly Woodbury is the chapter manager of Surfrider Pacific Rim. (Nicole Holman photo)

Surfrider Short Film Festival evokes inspiration

We look forward to seeing you all November 20th-22nd.

  • Nov 18, 2020
Up and riding, Lilly Woodbury is the chapter manager of Surfrider Pacific Rim. (Nicole Holman photo)
Colin Miller, Operations Manager at Tofino’s House of Himwitsa Native Art Gallery, celebrates his Ocean Friendly Business certification. (Lilly Woodbury photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Coast celebrates a win on World Oceans Day

As the coast opens up, businesses continue to prioritize environmental regeneration

  • Jun 7, 2020
Colin Miller, Operations Manager at Tofino’s House of Himwitsa Native Art Gallery, celebrates his Ocean Friendly Business certification. (Lilly Woodbury photo)
Sonbird depot manager Robin Jackson says that unlike recycling depots in other municipalities across the country, Sonbird features open air space. (Nicole Holman photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Celebrating SonBird’s dedication to the Coast

West Coast recycling centre continues to serve thanks to an open-air depot and new regulations.

  • Jun 2, 2020
Sonbird depot manager Robin Jackson says that unlike recycling depots in other municipalities across the country, Sonbird features open air space. (Nicole Holman photo)
Tofino-Ucluelet Surfrider Youth Club receives Wavemaker Award

Tofino-Ucluelet Surfrider Youth Club receives Wavemaker Award

“We are all motivated to keep the area clean and do what we can to preserve it.”

Tofino-Ucluelet Surfrider Youth Club receives Wavemaker Award
Surfrider Pacific Rim staff member Nicole Holman reads Swell by Captain Liz Clarke. (Submitted photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Five ways to protect and enjoy the outdoors while self-isolating

Indulge in a sea-inspired book or bring nature indoors, writes chapter manager

  • Apr 11, 2020
Surfrider Pacific Rim staff member Nicole Holman reads Swell by Captain Liz Clarke. (Submitted photo)
CREATING CHANGE: Students and teachers from the Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Ditidaht, and Kyuquot prepare for a beach clean blitz of Wickaninnish on Feb.21. The teens were participating in an inaugural youth-led Surfrider Youth Conference on Feb. 20 and 21 in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino-Ucluelet students host first-ever Surfrider Youth Conference

“When you have 100 plus people all together in one room, you can feel the energy.”

CREATING CHANGE: Students and teachers from the Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Ditidaht, and Kyuquot prepare for a beach clean blitz of Wickaninnish on Feb.21. The teens were participating in an inaugural youth-led Surfrider Youth Conference on Feb. 20 and 21 in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jamie’s Whaling Station gave a generous 32K donation to the Surfrider Pacific Rim Foundation to put towards their ‘Love Your Beach Clean’ program. The money will allow the environmental nonprofit to continue to grow the program with better data collection, more education, more ambassadors, and more remote cleans. (Surfrider Pacific Rim photo)

PHOTOS: A WAVE OF GENEROSITY

Tofino and Ucluelet businesses give big over the holidays.

Jamie’s Whaling Station gave a generous 32K donation to the Surfrider Pacific Rim Foundation to put towards their ‘Love Your Beach Clean’ program. The money will allow the environmental nonprofit to continue to grow the program with better data collection, more education, more ambassadors, and more remote cleans. (Surfrider Pacific Rim photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim’s youth co-ordinator Alys Hoyland, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury pack up the last of the worn out wetsuits with Far West Distributors team Scott Johnson and John De Vries on Nov.27. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Surfrider Pacific Rim hopes unique wetsuit recycling program stays local to the Coast

“We really want to see someone locally or regionally take this on and use this material locally.”

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s youth co-ordinator Alys Hoyland, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury pack up the last of the worn out wetsuits with Far West Distributors team Scott Johnson and John De Vries on Nov.27. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)