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Thai Union volunteers remove over 11 tons of ocean-bound trash for World Oceans Day. More than 470 Thai Union Group employees from Thailand, the U.S., Africa, and Europe united for World Oceans Day to collect trash in their local communities, advancing the Company’s commitment to divert 1,500 tons of ocean-bound plastic from entering waterways and oceans by 2030.

The Thai Union teams collected a total of 11,036 kilogrammes of trash from nine clean-up sites including mangroves, rivers, beaches, and cities in Thailand, two sites in the U.S., Ghana, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Italy. Among the most common items collected were 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 joined the effort, collecting 2,237 kilogrammes of trash at the Mangrove Forest Research Centre in the Samut Sakhon region.

In the U.S., 47 volunteers collected 65 kilogrammes 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 came together to clean the canoe landing beach and the surrounding area close to the PFC factory in Tema. They collected 8,600 kilogrammes 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 kilogrammes 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 Clean-up 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 clean-up campaigns, volunteers worldwide have collected 25,171 kilogrammes of trash.



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