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World Cleanup Day - September 19th, 2020

World Cleanup Day is the largest annual global cleanup event. In 2019, World Cleanup Day brought together 20 million volunteers in 180 countries! In the Netherlands, our efforts are being coordinated by the Plastic Soup Foundation and NederlandSchoon
The goal? Cleaning up as much litter as possible!

Eliminating plastic pollution and its destructive effect on our oceans and waterways is a global priority and one we have been steadily increasing our commitment to. We at Scandia Gear have taken important steps to remove an enormous amount of plastic from our supply chain. Joining World Cleanup Day is part of this plastic reducing initiative. We couldn’t be more excited!

Why are we joining?

Because of our strong connection to the sea. As explained in other cases, we have a sustainability policy that focuses on 3 important goals. One of these goals is to contribute to as little plastic as possible in our oceans and to help reduce the global plastic soup. We have drawn up a Plastic Policy for this, whereby we use as little plastic as possible in our supply chain.

World Clean-up day is the perfect initiative to create awareness within both our company and our customers.

About World Cleanup Day

This world-changing idea began in the small northern European country of Estonia, in 2008. 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country in just five hours. On that day, a global bottom-up civic movement was born and spread like wildfire around the globe. This captured the imaginations of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day’ formula.

12 years later, the simple idea has grown into a global movement with millions of volunteers and charismatic leaders. The simple act of cleaning has become a force that binds together people and groups that would otherwise never dream of working towards the same goal.

World Cleanup Day

Why join the World Cleanup Day?

Nearly every human on this planet has a place they call a Home. Be it a mansion, a street, a hut or a flat in a metropolis. Then there are the cities, countries, and regions we call home. And the planet we call home. When 50,000 Estonians cleaned their home in 5 hours, the world got wind of it. The simplicity of the idea and the ‘let’s do it’ attitude took off and the rest, as they say, is history.

Anyone can pick up trash. In 2018, a 101-year old man volunteered to clean in Curaçao. In Estonia, a group of mothers carrying their babies went out to clean. In Scotland, a dogs association came out with the dogs. But World Cleanup Day has become so much more than the simple act of picking up trash. Daycares, schools, companies, government officials – the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the able and less able – everyone contributed. Because they could. Because they wanted to be involved in making their home a better place. Because they were given an opportunity to help. Because they belong to a community.

Find out more about World Clean-up Day HERE.

Facts about "plastic soup"

- Plastic soup is a term referring to pollution of the sea by plastics in general, ranging from large pieces of fishing gear that can entrap marine animals to the microplastics and nanoplastics that result from the breakdown or photodegradation of plastic waste in surface waters, rivers or oceans

- 40% of plastic products become waste within 30 days

- 86 million tons of plastic have ended up in the sea (as of 2018)

- 54 of the 120 species of marine mammals on the Red List of Threatened Species have been documented eating or becoming entangled in plastic

- Agricultural land is 4 to 23 times more polluted with microplastics than the oceans

- 1700 shipping containers are lost at sea every year

- 10% of marine pollution comes from abandoned fishing nets and fishing lines

 

Will you join us in the world’s largest annual global cleanup event?