World Environment Day, every 5th June, is an annual reminder for millions of people across the world to ‘connect with nature’ and consider ways in which we can all work to help protect our Earth. Each World Environment Day is based around a theme focusing all attention on a pressing environmental issue. Since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet brought the dangers of plastic to our oceans to the forefront of our minds, it’s no wonder that this year’s theme is to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ is calling upon us all to do our bit in a bid to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, reducing the use of single-use plastic and raising world awareness.
The plastic problem
Plastic has become part of our daily lives, with many of us becoming reliant on its many uses. However, this is having a damaging effect to our environment.
In the UK alone, 275,000 tonnes of plastic is used; that includes a huge 15 million plastic bottles per day! Worldwide, 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans each year, enough to circle the Earth four times! 500 billion plastic bags are used each year, combined with the number of plastic bottles wasted, it’s no wonder our coral reefs are threatened and approximately 1,000,000 sea creatures are killed each year.
It’s easy to see how plastic is an increasing problem!
Making reducing plastic our priority
This year, we’re joining the fight to work towards beating plastic pollution! We’re making small changes which will have a big impact on the environment, including removing bottled water from our boardroom, supplying staff with glasses to replace one-use plastic cups and removing Tipp-ex mice (and all the plastic it takes to make them) from the office.
Our aim is to raise awareness to Priority Freight employees on the level of plastic that we use and what ultimately happens when we dispose of it. For one week, we’ve collected all of the plastic that our head office in Dover has used and have asked our staff members to guess how much it actually weighs, to encourage them to look for ways to reduce the amount. In addition, we’ve spent this morning, on World Environment Day, picking up litter from one of the nearby Dover beaches, to show our commitment to improving our local environment.
Along with the beach clean, our staff have come to work in sea-life fancy dress (mythical creatures allowed!), for a small donation. And in true Priority Freight fashion, we’re eating cake for a good cause. Our staff have been busy creating their sea-life themed cakes, ready for today’s bake sale. All donations will go to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK’s leading marine charity, working to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.
At Priority Freight, we take our responsibility towards our planet seriously. There are inevitable environmental impacts associated with our daily operations, but we work hard to limit these whilst still providing our customers with the time-critical logistics solutions they need.