Keeping the neighborhood clean

Porvoo Green Team organized “Lets’s clean up!” action in the spirit of World Environmental Day. A group of Ensto’s employees gathered to clean up the neighborhood of Ensto’s headquarters in Porvoo, Finland to start a working day. Weather was favorable and sun was shining, when employees started to spread around to pick trash. “The catch” was big. Unfortunately! In just 30 minutes walking around the neighborhood. Most of the trash picked was plastics including candy papers, plastic bags, coffee cup lids etc. But we also found metals, newspapers, cigarette cartons and stubs. After the clean-up, the trash was recycled. With little effort, we helped the environment, got fresh morning air and exercise and talked to colleagues that we do not see every day. Most of all, we had fun together doing a good thing for our neighborhood!

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on June 5, every year, and is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It was first held in 1974 and has since been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes. The theme for 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution". By choosing this theme, it is aimed that people may strive to change their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution.

Previously this year Ensto already organized Earth Day theme week during which we aimed to increase Ensto’s employees awareness regarding plastic pollution and how to reduce the use of plastic in everyday life. This act is also good way to prepare for the coming World Clean Up Day on 15 September. Everyone is welcome to participate.