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The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shorelines through cleanups.
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Butt Out 

A UBC study reveals yet another reason to bin cigarette butts properly.

UBC researchers analyzed data from 1,226 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups between 2013 and 2016 and recently announced a major discovery: 50 per cent of the waste recovered during cleanups of Vancouver and Victoria shorelines came from cigarettes. This, despite the fact that smoking on beaches has been banned in Vancouver for eight years, and in […]

Posted on August 16, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
How to Clean an Accidental Beach

When a sandy beach suddenly appeared along Edmonton's riverbanks, it brought beach-goers...and a lot of trash.

Who doesn’t love a sunny day at the beach? In 2017, downtown Edmonton got the surprise of the summer when a sandy beach appeared, completely by accident, on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River. The beach formed during construction of a bridge along the river, when temporary berms changed the currents of the river […]

Posted on July 16, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Running for Ocean Health

Mountain Equipment Co-op's run clubs take Ocean Wise's #BePlasticWise pledge — and protect the ocean.

This past month, Matthew Bicknell, an outdoor enthusiast and local Mountain Equipment Co-op run club leader, began a challenge that would open his eyes to a far-reaching and often overwhelming problem: single-use plastics winding up in places where they have no business being. Matthew signed the #BePlasticWise pledge and started getting outdoors with his MEC […]

Posted on July 11, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Vancouver's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store 

Zero-waste grocery store Nada takes sustainability seriously.

As a marine biologist, Brianne Miller knows all too well the threat that plastic poses to ocean health and aquatic animals. Feeling discouraged by the amount of packaging and plastic generated from her visits to the grocery store, she decided to open her own zero-waste grocery store in Vancouver. The result, Nada, opens this Wednesday June 20th.  […]

Posted on June 18, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
The Last (Plastic) Straw for A&W 

The Canadian quick-service restaurant chain will be the first in North America to eliminate plastic straws by 2019.  

On World Oceans Day, Ocean Wise congratulates A&W Canada for taking the big step to eliminate all plastic straws from restaurants across Canada by the end of this year. The Canadian company announced today, at the Vancouver Aquarium, that it will be the first quick-service restaurant chain in North America to make this commitment. “Reducing […]

Posted on June 8, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
A Cape Breton Cleanup

One proud Girl Guide leader takes her troop on the cleanup of a lifetime.

Girl Guides of Canada is a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering young women in an inclusive atmosphere and supporting the vision of creating “a better world by girls.”  I am a proud Guider of the 1st Port Morien Pathfinders, located on the beautiful Eastern coast of Cape Breton Island. We do a shoreline cleanup every […]

Posted on June 7, 2018 5 min read Continue reading
Hamilton Pitches In

Canada's 10th largest city joins the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup as a Clean Shoreline Community.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup welcomes the City of Hamilton as the latest official Clean Shoreline Community. Hamilton joins the cities of Calgary, Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver in adopting the green designation awarded by the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, one of the largest direct-action conservation programs in Canada. The partnership supports Our Future […]

Posted on June 5, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Welcoming Another Clean Shoreline Community

West Vancouver joins Canada's largest cleanup program as an official Clean Shoreline Community

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is pleased to welcome the District of West Vancouver as an official Clean Shoreline Community, joining Calgary, Hamilton and Vancouver as the latest Canadian city to adopt the green designation awarded by one of the largest direct-action conservation programs in Canada. West Vancouver celebrated its first Clean Shoreline Community cleanup […]

Posted on May 7, 2018 2 min read Continue reading

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