On 15 September Team Scanlux Packaging gathered our friends and family to collect trash along the Danish coastline for the World Cleanup Day .
The World Cleanup Day is among the world’s largest social action programs. It is organized by the Estonian NPO Let`s Do It!. Founded 10 years ago when 4 % of the Estonian population helped clean-up waste illegally dumped. Today the World Cleanup Day is officially supported by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and 13 million people from 144 countries participated in 2018; that is in two out of three countries across the globe. Besides individual volunteers, activists, politicians or NGOs, global corporations such as Microsoft, DHL, IBM or TOYOTA also lend their support.
Every year eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean. According to an article published by the Economist`s in May 2018, only 9 % of world’s plastic was recycled. The majority of the plastic-waste comes from countries in the fast-developing region of East Asia, such as China or India, where waste-collection systems are still flawed or non-existent.
“To reduce plastic pollution in the oceans the developed countries must stop sending our waste to the developing countries. Instead, we should recycle all of it in Europe. To do our bit, my family and I spent our Saturday on the local beach to clean up trash. If everyone in the world takes responsibility, I believe we can make a big change”, said Thomas Bülow Skouborg, Head of Web & Digital Marketing of Scanlux Packaging.
Scanlux Packaging believes that the packaging industry should play an important role to stop plastic pollution in the world. Let`s stop ocean plastic pollution together!