Pernod Ricard UK to get rid of single use plastics
Following on the heals of its New Year resolution to ban the use of non-biodegradable straws and stirrers, Pernod Ricard UK has announced that it has taken the decision “to rid our business of any single use plastic.”
The announcement came as part of its cleaning drive across the country celebrating World Oceans Day today. More than 500 staff from Pernod Ricard in the UK joined together on Thursday in clearing of rubbish from river foreshores and beaches as well as creating rain gardens.
Commenting on the development, Michael Gove, Environment Secretary, said: We all have a responsibility to our environment and this simple yet effective initiative is a fine example to other large businesses. We want more companies to say no to unnecessary single use plastics.”
The activities formed part of Responsib’All Day, an annual global event which sees 18,500 employees from Pernod Ricard affiliates around the world dedicate time and resources to support the group’s year-long global sustainability commitments.
The cleaning drive has seen Pernod Ricard’s UK colleagues, in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society and Thames21, clearing a significant amount of litter from the River Thames and multiple beachside locations.
In Scotland, Chivas Brothers led partnerships with the River’s Trust, The Clyde Foundation and The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust to restore the banks of the River Clyde and River Deveron.
In London, employees helped to create rain gardens, a natural filtration helping to transfer clean rain water back into the ground, at Chiswick House & Gardens, with the structures donated to local schools to boost their biodiversity.
SOURCE: Asian Trader