In celebration of Earth Day 2019, packaging manufacturer Coveris targeted its largest participation to date focused on making positive environmental impact in local communities where it has a presence.
Coordinated by Earth Day Network, Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement with over one billion people taking part in activities each year. Celebrated on April 22 annually, the Earth Day Network is now in its 49th year, and has chosen ‘Protect Our Species’ for its 2019 campaign.
Coveris’ participation in Earth Day began in 2017 with one UK site which progressed to six locations in 2018. Building on the success of previous years, Coveris is running a program of environmental activities between April 12 and May 14 involving 12 events with colleagues from 16 sites, including an Austrian plant for the first time. Further, Coveris has formed partnerships with local organizations and businesses to maximize the benefits of Earth Day with the aim of making positive environmental change in its communities.
Activities include beach, riverbank, woodland, street and sporting venue cleaning and litter picks, encouragement of eco-travelling to work, sustainability and recycling education and the use of regional food in canteens. In support of the ‘Protect the Species’ campaign, Coveris in Kufstein, Austria, presented all employees with flower seeds, while Coveris in Louth is building an onsite garden for employees.
Coveris’ Earth Day program for 2019 has already been evidenced in the UK at Winsford, Boston, Gainsborough, Spalding, Wisbech, Leeds, St Neots, Hartlepool and Louth, as well as Kufstein, Austria. It comes to Burnley on May 8 and Cramlington on May 14, both in the UK.
350 bags of waste in addition to larger items including trollies, tires and a discarded motorbike have already been removed from communities during Coveris’ 2019 Earth Day program involving over 250 people.
Carl Quinn, environment and sustainability coordinator at Coveris, said: ‘Coveris is committed to making positive environmental change in our local communities through action, partnerships and valuable community projects. Earth Day 2019 involves participation from more Coveris sites and people than ever before, and the success of our growing programme reflects the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of our colleagues in making positive change in our communities.’