Younity is dedicated to sustainability in all its forms and passionate about ensuring that our unique environment is cared for. We want to keep playing our part in keeping New Zealand clean and green for generations to come. This commitment aligns with one of our core values – to give back to our community – creating a better place for us all.
Last week, Younity worked with our partner, Sustainable Coastlines, with our whole team participating in a ‘Love Your Coast’ clean-up day, taking time out of the office to contribute to the fight against rubbish and waste on our beaches.
Sustainable Coastlines is a registered New Zealand charity who have been on a mission since 2009 to empower people to look after our coastal environments, keeping them healthy and beautiful. They have done a tremendous amount of great work over the years, collecting over 1.6 million litres of litter, and amounting to over 224,000 kilograms of waste! That is a mountain of rubbish removed from coastlines and waterways!
Younity added a bit more to these figures, with our Auckland team choosing to clean Okahu Bay Beach in Orakei, whilst our Wellington team chose the picturesque Oriental Bay located close the CBD. When we arrived, on first glance, both looked reasonably tidy. However as each group got into their work, all of us were astounded by the amount of rubbish that was found, especially plastic and glass.
Most of the items found were small in size, including things like bottle caps, old fishing line, numerous food wrappers, plastic containers and even metal tent pegs! After a few hours work, several bags of rubbish were collected and removed by the Younity team, keeping these items out of our oceans.
The Younity team came away with a newfound appreciation of the damage we do to our surroundings through our everyday consumption, with a vow to do more to reduce our impact on the environment.
Keep an eye out for our updated sustainability programme that we will launch in 2021!
For more about Sustainable Coastlines, or to get involved, check out their website: https://sustainablecoastlines.org/