Plastic Wise

Break Your Plastic Pattern. Protect Our Ocean.

An Ocean Of Plastic Waste.

Plastic is filling our oceans at the rate of one dump truck full every minute.

 

Tiny zooplankton that support the ocean food chain are mistaking plastic for food. Seabirds are found with plastic pieces in their bellies.
We need a sea change. Today.

Ocean Wise is tackling the global crisis of plastic waste in our ocean. We’re carrying out groundbreaking science to understand the problem and seeking bold solutions to address plastic pollution.

 

Join us in a global movement to #BePlasticWise and sign our pledge.

 

 

Take The Pledge

Break your plastic pattern and become an ocean champion. Sign the #BePlasticWise pledge and get a monthly challenge, inspiring stories and practical tips for reducing your single-use plastic items.

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Your Challenge

A shocking half of all the plastic produced in the world is used to make items designed to be used once and thrown away. All of us can take steps to break our plastic pattern. Even the most modest everyday actions can make a world of difference.

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Plastics Research

In the ocean, plastic breaks down over time into tinier pieces, found from pole to pole. The Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise initiative, conducts groundbreaking research on microplastic pollution.

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Sea Lion Rescue

Countless marine animals are endangered by plastic debris in the ocean. Our Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Program team pioneered a rescue method to disentangle sea lions.

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Help Cleanup

Rivers, lakes, streams and oceans are all connected, so plastic litter travels. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, an initiative of Ocean Wise® and WWF-Canada, helps Canadians like you take action.

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Coupland Exhibit

Author/artist Douglas Coupland was chilled by the plastic he found on Haida Gwaii beaches. So he collaborated with Ocean Wise® on a “creative reimagining” of it, Vortex opens May 18 at Vancouver Aquarium.

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Plastic Reduction

At Ocean Wise, we’re embarking on our own single-use plastic reduction journey. We’ve gone 100% water bottle free and we’ve taken steps to reduce plastic disposables throughout our premises by replacing disposables with ocean-friendly alternatives.

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