Working in Partnership

Monday 2 December 2019

The RSPB has today launched its ambitious partnership with SC Johnson to support over 300,000 people in the UK to learn more about the importance of addressing marine plastics and recycling.

This new partnership will see SC Johnson generously support:

50 plastics clean-ups across twelve RSPB reserves in 2019 and 2020.

A series of workshops for young environmentalists to address some of our greatest environmental challenges.

A national programme of outreach to show the public how they can make lifestyle changes to increase recycling and reduce their marine plastics footprint.

Size of the issue

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) over 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally every year with at least 8 million tons ending up in our oceans every year. The main sources of marine plastic pollution are thought to be land-based with urban run-off, inadequate waste disposal, illegal dumping, industrial activity and sewer overflows all contributing to 80% of marine litter[ref 1].

The impact on the marine environment is devastating with ingestion, suffocation and entanglement causing the death of millions of marine wildlife each year. Seabirds, whales, fish and turtles all mistake plastic waste for prey with many dying of starvation as their stomachs are filled with plastic. They also suffer from lacerations, infections, the reduced ability to swim and internal injuries.

Nicky O’Malley – RSPB Head of Corporate Partnerships said:

"Our relationship with SC Johnson is a great example of the power of partnerships and collaboration. We are proud to be working together to deliver activity across the UK on such an important issue and to be empowering people to do more for nature in their local communities."

Editor’s Notes

More info: Jack.Taylor@rspb.org.uk

About RSPB

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.


About SC Johnson

 SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

 

References

Ref 1: https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/marine-plastics

Last Updated: Monday 9 December 2019

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