Did you know that…
- 63 billion gallons of oil are utilized each year to supply the US with plastic water bottles alone.
- An estimated 8.3 billion metric tons (9.1 billion US tons) of virgin plastics have been manufactured since the material was invented.
- The production process for a single plastic bottle requires approximately 6 times the amount of water that could fill each container.
- 86 % of sea turtles, 36 % of seabirds, and 23 % of marine mammals are affected by plastic debris globally.
As a renewable energy company, we know the importance of taking care of the environment. Saturn Power’s sustainability committee has worked long and hard to promote a new internal #PlasticFreeJuly challenge, in order to bring these issues to our team’s attention and further reduce our use of single-use plastics.
Plastic Free July is an international initiative that began in Australia in 2011 and now has millions of participants from 159 countries. This global movement aims at reducing the amount of single-use plastic that is sent to landfills or that drifts into the oceans. This includes straws, food wrappers, disposable water bottles, fast food containers, etc.
Even fast food companies like Starbucks and McDonalds have recently made commitments to seek plastic alternatives and decrease their plastic usage. Unlike Starbucks and McDonalds, we are a service company that does not manufacture products or consumables. Nevertheless, we want to match the sustainability of our renewable energy services with our internal sustainability as much as we can.
Participants in our challenge will give up single-use plastic in the office and on our breaks from July 23rd to 27th. If anyone does use single-use plastic that week, they will keep it at their desk until the end of the week. Each of the 3 employees with the least plastic by July 27th will win a solar power portable charger. Our team is excited to take this challenge, because we are consistently striving build a more sustainable world.
We will be sharing our experience with the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge on social media. Follow and like all of our social media accounts to see who wins the contest and for other daily updates.
Geyer, Roland, et al. “Production, Use, and Fate of All Plastics Ever Made.” Science Advances, vol. 3, no. 7, 19 July 2017, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1700782.
See page 3; Sigler, Michelle. “The Effects of Plastic Pollution on Aquatic Wildlife: Current Situations and Future Solutions.” Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, vol. 225, no. 11, 18 Oct. 2014, doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2184-6.
See page 8 and 9; A Plastic Ocean: Educational Supplement.