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.


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Edgemont Village Plastic Bag Free

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


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Horseshoe Bay Beyond Plastic Bags

Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver ditched plastic bags!


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Straw Free Deep Cove

Ocean Ambassadors worked with Deep Cove Merchants to facilitate all businesses in Deep Cove going straw free in May 2018.


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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.


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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.


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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