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World Environment Day 2018: Horwich Farrelly pledges to eliminate single-use plastic by 2020

June, 5, 2018

Horwich Farrelly, the Manchester-headquartered specialist defendant insurance industry law firm, has today made a pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic items by 2020 in recognition of World Environment Day.

Horwich Farrelly has today made a pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic items by 2020 in recognition of World Environment Day.

Horwich Farrelly has today made a pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic items by 2020 in recognition of World Environment Day.

The announcement follows the recently launched campaign for Greater Manchester to be the UK’s first plastic-free city region within the next two years. Not only will the pledge support the World Environment Day theme of ‘beating plastic pollution’, but the two Horwich Farrelly employees that show the greatest commitment to the cause will win a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering expedition to Belize in Central America.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

In a unique month-long competition, the firm’s 750 people are being challenged to document creative ways of how they can reduce their own plastic consumption. This could be in the form of a video diary highlighting the difficulty of doing a plastic-free supermarket shop, a photo journal of a nearby beach clean-up, organising a mini fashion show of garments made from plastic items or an original song about plastic pollution.

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts including representatives from sustainable design agency, Carbon Creative, and waste firm, B&M.

The two employees that show the great commitment to beating plastic pollution will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Belize

The two employees that show the great commitment to beating plastic pollution will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Belize. Images supplied by Frontier (www.frontier.ac.uk).

The two winners will be flown to Belize where they will be able to learn more about ecology, water conservation and see at first hand the harm plastic is doing to our oceans and sea life. Living in a simple beach camp, they will also have the opportunity to snorkel daily to observe the devastating impact of plastics and conduct beach clean ups with local communities.

Green Champions

The competition forms part of Horwich Farrelly’s first Environment Week which runs from 4-8 June, and is the latest project from the firm’s Green Champions, a group of volunteer employees charged with driving environmental sustainability.

Yesterday the group revealed the launch of a new recycling initiative at the firm’s Manchester HQ, which included removing more than 550 individual bins.

Other activities planned during the awareness week include promoting plastic-free alternatives, looking at what supermarkets are doing to tackle the plastic problem, documentary film screenings and case studies.

Previous Green Champions initiatives

Previous Green Champions initiatives (clockwise from top right) include introducing reusable coffee cups, launching centralised recycling, replacing single-use cups with durable water bottles and swapping carrier bags with cotton equivalents.

Moving towards a Greener City Region

Thomas Reynard, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our society has become so reliant on plastic that it’s very difficult to avoid it completely. However, we’ve shown that relatively simple changes – such as replacing single-use water cups with a reusable bottle – can have a tangible impact on the amount of waste we produce as a firm.

“Moving towards a world free from single-use plastic will require some bold and unconventional thinking, which is why we were delighted when our Green Champions suggested an innovative competition with a prize of a volunteering opportunity in Central America. We look forward to seeing what ideas our colleagues come up with over the coming weeks to beat plastic pollution.”

Welcoming today’s announcement, Alex Ganotis, leader of Stockport Council and Greater Manchester’s lead for Green City Region change said: “The negative impact single-use plastic waste has on nature, particularly rivers and the ocean, is clear and something has to be done, we need to reduce how much we are using.

“For that reason it’s fantastic to see Horwich Farrelly taking the initiative and supporting the campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics across their organisation. Every person and organisation across Greater Manchester has a role to play, by reducing their plastic use, so we can become one of the greenest city-regions in Europe.”

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