and it’s being buried under plastic waste – especially around high traffic areas, such as Vancouver Island’s beaches.
Not only is the sea’s coastline bogged down by plastic, but so are the beaches of Canada’s many bodies of water. Our rivers, streams, and lakes are all heavily affected by plastic pollution – and they all lead to our ocean.
1. It gets flushed down the drain—wet wipes, sanitary products, and even microfibres in our clothes are constantly being washed down the drain. Some face washes and toothpastes have microbeads in them – tiny plastic particles that are easily ingested by fish (which means we also eat microbeads every time we have seafood!).
2. People just toss it aside—it’s staggering how many people litter without a second thought. “I’m done my coffee / burger / pop, and there’s no bin nearby? Guess I’ll just toss it on the ground!”
Litter gets moved around quite easily. A good rainstorm can carry plenty of garbage towards the sewage system or nearby river, which ultimately leads to the ocean.
3. It escapes the landfill—you tried to recycle the plastic you’ve used. Unfortunately, plastic is lightweight and easily carted off by a strong breeze.
Once plastic reaches the ocean’s shore, it gets carried into the water by animals and the changing tides. Our plan is to intervene AT the shoreline before it becomes a bigger problem. Prevention is an effective way to tackle this problem.
We aim to clean Canada Coast to Coast to Coast by 2025! Explore our plans for Direct Action.
“The problem is too big for me to change,” is one of the most common opinions when it comes to plastic waste. “Just me alone won’t do anything.”
But that’s not true.
Even just a single tax-deductible donation of $50 helps us clean up 2 kilometers of Canada’s coast. We’re able to exponentially multiply your donation because we facilitate community events where volunteers do the physical cleanup.
Not only does it give us the support we need to host community cleanups, but your donation also brings in the following:
Your donation also helps support: