In September, Dow employees, contractors, customers, community partners and family members came together with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to complete six cleanups in Alberta and Ontario.
More than 280 people participated in the cleanups that were part of a Dow global campaign called #PullingOurWeight. This campaign saw Dow locations around the globe collaborate with the Ocean Conservancy, which works with local partners like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, to collect trash before it enters waterways and, ultimately, our oceans. In 2018, more than 5,600 volunteers collected more than 51,000 pounds of trash from 55 different locations in the communities where Dow operates around the world.
“This year, our goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of waste from more than 100 sites around the world with the help of 10,000 participants – doubling our impact from 2018,” said Tyler Edgington, Dow Canada president. “With our six cleanups in Canada: two in Fort Saskatchewan, one in Lacombe County, one in Calgary, one in Toronto and one in Corunna, we removed more than 1,900 pounds of trash and demonstrated our company’s commitment to a cleaner environment and a better world.”
#PullingOurWeight is a unique initiative that provides an opportunity to increase awareness around responsible waste management and engage our employees and communities in addressing plastic pollution. “This campaign is consistent with Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, one of which is advancing a circular economy,” said Edgington. “Dow’s #PullingOurWeight campaign helps create awareness and commitment with employees and stakeholders while sparking conversations on the importance of keeping waste out of the environment.”
To learn more about other Dow initiatives and how we are working with others across industries, governments and NGOs to find answers and continue building a circular economy for plastic, visit: dont-waste.dow.com.
-Submitted by Dow Canada