Community Initiatives

Single-use Reduction Initiatives with Business Communities

The health of our ocean is in trouble. With the support of Vancity, Ocean Ambassadors Canada is working with local business communities to launch single-use plastics reduction initiatives.

Edgemont Village Plastic Bag Free

On March 1, 2020, Edgemont Village Businesses will initiate a voluntary ban on single use plastic shopping and carrier bags.

This bold action is led by Ocean Ambassadors Canada, endorsed by the Edgemont Village Business Association (EVBA) and Edgemont & Upper Capilano Community Association and supported by Vancity.

Weekend pop-up Ocean Ambassadors Booths are being run by dozens of youth volunteers from local elementary and secondary schools, guide and scout groups, and environmental clubs, to communicate this initiative to passers-by.

The Plastic Bag Free Launch Event on February 21, 2020, will bring together Edgemont businesses, community groups, local residents, and key stakeholders to celebrate this initiative and participating businesses.

Join the community in celebrating this first plastic reduction initiative in Edgemont Village!

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32 Books and Gallery
At Home
Caffe Artigiano
Capilano Barber
Capilano Library - North Vancouver District
COBS Bread Bakery
Columbus Farm Market
BC Playthings
Beauty Unleashed
Bodyside Laser Clinic Inc.
Bjorn Bar Bakery
Delaney's Coffee Shop
Delish General Store
EDGE Dental
Edgemont Dental Care
Edgemont Fabricare
Edgemont Fine Wines
Edgemont Gourmet Meats

Edgemont Optometry
Eutopia Beauty Care
Freshslice Pizza Edgemont
Giftworks Boutique Ltd.
Glynda the Good Witch Cards & Cool Things
Health Works
Highland Animal Hospital
Highland Optical Ltd.
Infinity Travel Concepts
Kim's Hair Studio Edgemont Village
Krave Kultur
La Galleria Fine Foods
Nicli Antica Pizzeria
Paws & Claws Pantry
Pebble Baby Store Inc.
Pharmasave Edgemont
Pizzazz Gifts
Pure Integrative Pharmacy

Queen's Stationery
Red Tori
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Rogers Chocolates
Rosa Floral Design
Runaway Bay Beauty Bar
Sophia Nails and Spa
The Hungry Dog
The Splash Hot Tubs and Pools
Thrifty Food
Twiga Ethnic Adornments
Vicki's Hair Fashion
Village Dental Group
Windsor Meats & The Eatery
Young's Orchids
Zig Zag Fashions

*We will be updating this list weekly – stay tuned!


4Cats Art Studio North Vancouver - Edgemont Village
Amica Edgemont Village
Bloom Family Wellness Centre
BlueShore Financial
Brain Academi
Canada Trust
Digby Leigh & Co.

Highlands United Church
HSBC Edgemont Village
Johnstone's Benefits
Kahlena Movement Studio
Keegan Cassidy
Maz Majidi Personal Real Estate Corporation
Oak Wynn Realty
RBC Edgemont Village

RBC Wealth Management
Team Clarke Real Estate Group
The Mortgage Group
St. Catherine’s Church
Stanhope Projects
TD Canada Trust
Westland Insurance

Horseshoe Bay Beyond Plastic Bags

Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver is striving to ditch plastic bags. Following a joint initiative between Ocean Ambassadors Canada and the Horseshoe Bay Business Association, 28 of the seaside village’s 35 businesses have switched away from single-use plastic bags in favour of offering consumers paper or reusable ones. The initiative launch was part of the annual Taste of the Bay event in Horseshoe Bay.

Visitors to Horseshoe Bay will notice the majority of businesses now sport stickers stating “This business is proudly plastic bag free!” following informal agreements that local businesses made with Ocean Ambassadors Canada.

“What we’re hoping is to get everybody using reusable bags,” said Alison Wood, co-founder of Ocean Ambassadors Canada. “We can create a lot of change by showing leadership and not waiting for legislation.”

Ocean Ambassadors Canada, with the support of Vancity, worked with each business in the community to determine how they can reduce their single-use plastic consumption and to help them to move away from offering single-use plastic carrier bags. As part of the initiative, each business was provided with a toolkit with information about single-use alternatives. Ocean Ambassadors staff team worked with the Horseshoe Bay Business Association to support businesses in switching from less expensive plastic bags to reusable bags or a paper alternative. Businesses were encouraged to educate their customers about the environmental impact of all single-use items, including paper bags, and to encourage reusable bags.

Media stories for Horseshoe Bay Initiative:

Straw Free Deep Cove

Ocean Ambassadors worked with Deep Cove Merchants to facilitate all businesses in Deep Cove going straw free in May 2018. Over several months, business owners met with the Ocean Ambassadors team to learn about the crisis of single-use plastics and discuss the business case for using paper straws and the marketing opportunities around the initiative. Ocean Ambassadors worked with each business to discuss strategies for educating staff and customers, to share information about paper straw suppliers and to discuss how the initiative could be used to increase sales. Ocean Ambassadors hosted a launch event, The Last Straw Deep Cove, at Deep Cove Yacht Club. The  The event sold-out and was very successful. 110  Deep Cove community members attended the event and applauded the merchants for becoming the first business community in Greater Vancouver to go plastic straw-free.  The event included a silent-auction to raise funds to support Deep Cove restaurant owners’ switch to paper straws.
Partnership with Sail Canada

Ocean Ambassadors Canada has partnered with Sail Canada to work with the National Sailing team and the Learn to Sail Programs. All National Team members have committed to lead Ocean Ambassadors initiatives at their local clubs and to stewards of the ocean in their daily lives at home and around the world. Starting in summer 2019, each learn to sail level will include Ocean Ambassadors lessons. These lessons will include hands-on, inquiry based activities where students will learn about the crises of plastic in our water and be inspired to take action.
2018 Canadian Downwind Paddle Championships

Ocean Ambassadors Canada worked with the organizers of the 2018 Canadian Downwind Paddle Championships to create a single use plastic free event. Our team worked with event organizers to source single use plastic free supplies. Competitors were encouraged to bring their own reusable cups and dishes for the post race beer garden and dinner. Our staff team were on sight educating competitors and their families and offering the ocean pledge. Over 100 competitors pledged to reduce single use plastic in their lives.

Single-use Reduction Initiatives with Business Communities

The health of our ocean is in trouble and Ocean Ambassadors Canada, with the generous support of Vancity, is working with local business communities to launch single-use plastics reduction initiatives.

We know that small business owners care about our environment and are concerned about the crisis of single-use plastics flowing into our ocean. We also understand that small business owners face tremendous time and economic pressures that often prevent them from taking steps to reduce their consumption of single-use items and from becoming leaders in reducing single-use plastics in their communities.

OAC works hand in hand with business owners to fully understand their concerns when it comes to the usefulness of their single-use products and the process of shifting to an alternative that fits their needs.

When deciding to partner with Ocean Ambassadors Canada on this initiative, business communities can expect our full support with the following:

  1. Support in figuring out where businesses are at in regards to single use items used in stores, and finding consensus regarding the initiative
  2. Provision of marketing and media strategies
  3. Sourcing of alternative products and coordinating group purchase opportunities
  4. Planning and launching initiative and launch events
  5. Ongoing support and planning next initiative

We feel passionate about working with businesses to make a measurable difference that supports a shift in the way we consciously sell and consume single use plastics. Businesses have authority and consumers hold power to turn the tide on plastics, and Ocean Ambassadors Canada offers whole-hearted support in service towards a healthier ocean.

“Plastics in the ocean are a clear sign of a broken system, as this was never intended to happen. That is why rethinking the way we make and use plastics is so crucial: how can we capture the material’s benefits, retain its value and make sure it does not end up where it does not belong.”
Dame Ellen MacArthur