At Open Blue, we have a clear vision: to feed current and future generations in harmony with the ocean. Eight Million tons of plastic enter oceans annually and it’s killing sensitive marine habitat. The ocean is important to Open Blue- it’s at the core of all that we do. Our reverence for the ocean and nature means that we are compelled to act and lead the way in eliminating all single use plastics throughout our company because there’s #NoExcuseForSingleUse #DileNoAlPlasticoDesechable at Open Blue.
Our goal is to expand awareness of the challenges of plastic and micro plastic pollution in Panama and around the world. Open Blue isn’t the only organization acting on banning single use plastics. This World Environment Day, the United Nations is encouraging everyone to beat plastic pollution. Their rule of thumb? If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.
Countries around the world are also doing their part. While the European Union recently proposed a ban on single use plastics, Panama passed a law in April 2017 that sets out a timeline to restrict the use of plastics for packaging in grocery stores, convenience stores, gas station markets, mall stores and commerce in general. Environmental impact studies also will examine and require further restrictions on use.
Starting with our offices in Panama, we have taken steps to eliminate all single use plastics. Everyone in our Albrook head office has been given a reusable shopping bag and this is just the start. Shopping bags, drinking, cutlery and dishes have been purchased for all locations for daily use. We also already have a well-developed recycling program in Panama in partnership with FAS Panama located in the City of Knowledge where we are a member. We recently participated in a large recycling fair in May 2018 at the City of Knowledge sponsored by FAS to build support for this important initiative.
We’re encouraging our staff, but also everyone else in our community to take this no plastic challenge and work with us to eliminate all single use plastics. Sure, it means extra care and effort, but what is more important than the health of our marine ecosystem?
Join us and show your efforts on social media using the hashtags: #NoExcuseForSingleUse