GH Commercial marked the launch of its premium Oceanic collection by participating in a Take 3 for the Sea beach cleaning campaign.
Take 3 for the Sea is a global organization that promotes the simple activism of removing three garbage from our beaches, waterways and green spaces to help clean up our oceans. Their education programs have inspired a global movement of people invested in a healthier planet.
The opportunity to join the conversation arose in late January, when Victorian GH’s Marketing, Sales and Business Administration team participated in a Take 3 for the Sea event at St Kilda Beach. During an official welcome and safety briefing, the team learned that more than 8 million tonnes of new plastic enter our waterways each year, killing wildlife that mistakenly ingest it as a source of food and upsetting the vital balance of our ocean ecosystems.
Made primarily from finished fossil fuels, plastics do not break down, but rather break down into smaller and smaller pieces to create microplastics and nanoplastics. The creation and breakdown of these plastics release harmful greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change and threatening the health of our planet.
It is predicted that if we continue on our current path of making and disposing of single-use plastics, by 2050 there will be more plastic pollution in the ocean than fish. Motivated by this sobering statistic and observing COVID security protocols, GH’s intrepid business team ventured out – gloves, tongs, buckets ready.
Although the council scoured the beach after the holiday, within an hour the crew managed to collect 2,452 assorted trash, 84% of which was derived from plastic and 46% was cigarette butts and acetate filters from cellulose – a staggering number of 1,157 cigarettes. !
GH Commercial staff, passionate about sustainability issues, appreciated the event’s focus on measures to reduce plastic pollution and waste that we can integrate into our own lives and workplaces. . We felt truly privileged to be a part of such an important community initiative and were delighted to do our little bit to help.
Going forward, GH Commercial will make an annual donation to Take 3 for the Sea from proceeds from the Oceanic Collection, contributing to the continued cleanup of the oceans and the promotion of education programs for schools and local communities.
The striking and versatile Oceanic collection draws its inspiration from the Tasman and Coral Seas, incorporating biophilic design principles that visually represent the myriad elements of marine life, including the magical Great Barrier Reef. Browse the Oceanic Collection for a full range of creative flooring solutions.