Thai Union Volunteers Remove 11 Tons of Trash
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Thai Union Volunteers Remove 11 Tons of Trash

Over 470 employees united globally on World Oceans Day, collecting 11 tons of trash to support Thai Union’s goal of diverting 1,500 tons of ocean-bound plastic by 2030.

Over 470 Thai Union employees from Thailand, the U.S., Africa, and Europe united on World Oceans Day, collecting over 11 tons of trash to support the Company’s goal of diverting 1,500 tons of ocean-bound plastic by 2030. Volunteers from nine locations across four continents participated in the clean-up efforts.

The Thai Union teams collected 11,036 kilograms of trash from nine clean-up sites, including mangroves, rivers, beaches, and cities in Thailand, the U.S., Ghana, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Italy. Common items included plastic bags, plastic bottles, foam, old fishing gear, and over 10,000 cigarette butts.

“As a global seafood company, protecting the ecosystems we operate in is fundamental to our purpose,” said Thai Union CEO Thiraphong Chansiri. “Our business depends on healthy oceans and thriving ecosystems, which is why we have committed to the broadest-reaching sustainability plan in the industry. Our aggressive goals impact the entire seafood value chain on a global scale but being a responsible community member is equally vital to us. We have four more clean-up events planned and will continue these efforts year-round.”

In Thailand, 26 volunteers from Thai Union Group, Thai Union Manufacturing, Okeanos Food, and Thai Union Feedmill, along with 224 volunteers from local organisations and four local schools, collected 2,237 kilograms of trash at the Mangrove Forest Research Centre in the Samut Sakhon region.

In the U.S., 47 volunteers collected 65 kilograms across two locations. The teams organised their clean-ups near one of their commercial offices in Los Angeles, California, at the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium, and near their manufacturing facility in Lyons, Georgia, at the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area Hazlehurst.

In Ghana, where Thai Union operates Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), 97 employees, as well as members from partner organisations and the community, cleaned the canoe landing beach and the surrounding area close to the PFC factory in Tema, collecting 8,600 kilograms of trash and old fishing gear. PFC also ran blood donations for the Tema General Hospital.

In Europe, 77 volunteers from Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, France, and Italy cleared 134 kilograms of trash from urban areas, rivers, and beaches.

“100 percent of our branded products will be in sustainable packaging by 2025, eliminating non-recyclable plastic from our brands. We also advocate for at least 60 percent of private label products to be in sustainable packaging,” said Adam Brennan, Chief Sustainability Officer at Thai Union. “We are addressing plastic on multiple fronts: within our operations, through our Global Ghost Gear Initiative partnership to recover and repurpose abandoned fishing gear, and through major collaborations to divert 1,500 tons of plastic from our oceans by 2030.”

The trash collected on World Oceans Day was sorted and recorded following International Coastal Cleanup guidelines. Recyclable items were processed by local waste handling companies, while non-recyclables were managed by local waste organisations.

Since Thai Union began its global cleanup campaigns, volunteers worldwide have collected 25,171 kilograms of trash.

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