7th of September - Staff of Bolloré Logistics Singapore came together for a voluntary beach cleanup activity at Pasir Ris Park. With invitation extended to friends and family members of the staff, the event saw a total of 70 participants, eager to contribute to environmental protection.
The activity started early on Saturday morning. Equipped with protective gloves and tongs, the participants dispersed themselves and patrolled along the coastline to pick up litter of all shapes and sizes. They saw for themselves that Singapore shores were not exempt from marine pollution, which affects both marine wildlife and the aesthetics of the beach. Many were surprised to find innumerable amount of tiny styrofoam bits and plastic pieces, which were extremely hard to pick up and would have remained in the environment for a long time. Among the pollutants, cigarette butts and plastic bottle caps were unanimously named the two most common litters.
In complementary to the theme of the activity, efforts were made to reduce the environmental impact of the event. For example, reusable cups were given out for volunteers to enjoy their drinks, metal stirrers were used instead of disposable ones, while corporate T-shirts were provided without plastic packaging.
Collectively, the volunteers gathered around
200 kg of waste, which is an alarming figure given the short period of two hours. All in all, apart from having a firsthand experience on the extent of pollution in our coastal environment, participants were made to rethink about the direct link between their daily actions and the consequences to Mother Earth.
Through this initiative, Bolloré Logistics Singapore has been once again contributing to Bolloré Logistics' CSR program "Powering Sustainable Logistics" by working for the preservation of the environment, one of the 11 program commitments.