Big Adventure Big Challenge and Zero Single-Use Plastic
In 2018, 4 friends brought together by the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School decided to embark on the biggest expedition of their lives -- canoeing from Umiujaq to Kangirsuk, in Quebec. The expedition began two years prior when Wilderness Educator, Beth Jackson, decided to try to do a big expedition with zero single-use plastic. After 15 years of working as a wilderness instructor, Beth grew tired of throwing away countless plastic bags at each expedition's end, and set out to solve the problem.
The Canoe Ungava team got just what they were looking for. Epic challenge, countless adventures, and successfully reduced expedition waste. While cold misty weather kept them in dry suits, their homemade reusable food bags, reusable pack liners, and food packing scheme kept the essentials dry. Intentional food planning and a hyper-organized system reduced their post-expedition landfill contributions to a soccer-ball sized wad of non-recyclable items.