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Country-Wide Cleanups Mark 25th Anniversary 

On International Coastal Cleanup Day,  the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup celebrated its 25th anniversary with cross-country cleanups.

This past Saturday, an army of passionate volunteers descended on shorelines across the country to mark International Coastal Cleanup day and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the community-led Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Events took place across the country, and volunteers turned up in Richmond, B.C., Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax to clear shorelines of litter that […]

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The 1,000-Strong Shoreline Cleanup

How do you organize one of the largest shoreline cleanups in Canada?

Every year, Edmonton teacher Nick Riemann leads a school-wide cleanup of nearly 1,000 student volunteers. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup caught up with Nick to find out how science experiments in a marsh sparked a tradition of cleanups and his tips for coordinating an amazing large-scale endeavour. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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Ocean Wise Applauds Canada and 5 G7 Countries Committed to Reducing Plastic Pollution

Today’s adoption of a global plastics charter by five G-7 countries, including Canada, to target single-use plastic waste reduction is a timely and significant step for protection of our world’s oceans. “As an organization dedicated to tackling ocean plastic pollution, Ocean Wise supports this global commitment, led by Canada with some of the world’s most […]

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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 […]

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