Plastic Free Salish Sea

Plastic Free Salish Sea

The San Juan MRC is working with partners throughout the County to develop an education and awareness building campaign aimed at changing citizen behavior and the culture of plastics use.

Our vision is to eliminate single-use plastics in San Juan County and clean up our waters.

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is having a devastating effect on marine life and human health. Large plastic debris is found daily on San Juan County’s shorelines, marine animals ingest plastic and become entangled in it. While microplastics have been found in fish and shellfish and even in sea salt so in turn finding it's way into our diets also. Our use of plastic, particularly single-use, must change.

What can we do as a society and as individuals?

Recently the MRC joined a panel after the a screening of A Plastic Ocean to discuss the issues of plastics on our oceans.  The film screening inspired Orcas Island to run a six week challenge for their local organizations, individuals and businesses to act on solutions and re-think our use of plastic. 

Join the Plastic Free Orcas Challenge

Watch the trailer here!

What can we do as a society and as individuals?

This infographic produced by the Ocean Conservancy concisely explains the issues and captures some of the core things that we must do as a society to address to the issue. These include:

  • Reduce plastic in the waste stream
  • Improve solid waste management
  • Increase capture and reuse
Plastic Free Salish Sea