World Environment Day

05 June 2018

World Environment Day is an annual event that encourages us all to take action to help protect our environment, and reminds us all that is everyone’s responsibility to minimise the damaging impact we have on the world around us.

Previous years have focused on important issues like global warming and reducing our carbon footprint. This year’s theme focuses on the growing concern many environmental experts have about dramatic increases of plastic pollution.

Beat Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

crushed plastic bottles smTo change the future, we each need to play our part. Whether it is a bottled soft drink or a carrier bag from the supermarket, single-use plastic has become a part of our daily lives we all take for granted.

The convenience and low cost of plastic has revolutionised the way goods are packaged and sold to us, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s having a massively damaging to our environment.

What are Guinness doing to help out?

At Guinness, we’ve recently encouraged all of our employees to switch from disposable to reusable cups, to help play our part in tackling plastic pollution. If everyone at Guinness stops using disposable cups every day we’ll avoid 4,940kg of plastic waste and stop 44,475kg of CO2 emissions every year! It goes to show how these small actions can have such a big impact on our environment.

How can you reduce your plastic footprint? 

Everyone can make a difference to help protect and preserve the environment – starting with a commitment to saying no to the use of disposable cups.  If all Guinness customers were to stop using disposable cups every day and use reusable ones, they could avoid 222,300kg of plastic waste and stop 2,001 tonnes of CO2 emission every year – that’s an equivalent of 500 fewer cars on our roads!  To find more way to reduce your plastic footprint take a look at some extra tips from Greenpeace and the WWF.

Join in the conversation…

Make a commitment on World Environment Day to help us #BeatPlasticPollution and #WorldEnvironmentDay.