By now, most folks have heard of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”–a floating, Texas-size raft of plastic and debris in the North Pacific. It’s a symptom of a much larger problem: the wanton use of a disposable materials that will be with us for centuries. Just take a moment to think of how many plastic water bottles you’ve drained and then discarded in your lifetime. In 2015, Costa launched the Kick Plastic Campaign “to help reduce the amount of plastic we use as a company and to mobilize a movement.”
Since then, many companies, including Orvis, have joined the movement to reduce plastic use as a way to keep it out of the waterways we love. We ask that you join us in this effort.
Here at the Orvis home office, we do not provide any plastic water bottles to associates, each of whom is issued a reusable water bottle or cup on the day they start work. We also encourage the use of reusable coffee cups. Before the change, we were going through about 240 water bottles per week. We have also stopped using plastic water bottles at our fishing schools and Game Fair events, as well. The Orvis shipping facility in Roanoke, Virginia, stopped providing single-use cups for water and coffee way back in 2008, and they eliminated bottle-fed water coolers in 2012, switching to filter coolers.
We have also eliminated single-use plastic at our Orvis Guide Rendezvous events. Using this as a platform, Orvis has challenged all of our endorsed partners to follow suit and reduce or eliminate their own use of single-use plastics. Here’s a cool look at how one Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter, WorldCast Anglers, has embraced the concept:
We also have a robust recycling program, not just for associates, but for our manufacturing and packaging processes, as well. We recycled 44 tons of “single stream” material last year, and we’re on track to do an even better job in 2018. We also bale plastic bags and stretch wrap and send the material off for recycling, which allowed us to divert 14.5 tons of baled plastic from the landfill last year. Again, we continue to try to do better.
I took five minutes to walk around to the work areas near mine, and I shot pictures of the cups and bottles on people’s desks. The slideshow below is just a small sampling of how Orvis associates are “walking the walk” by embracing #kickplastic. Please consider doing the same in your own life. Our oceans, rivers, and lakes will be the better for our efforts.
Created with flickr slideshow.