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UnionBankers encouraged to turn the tide on plastic pollution

UnionBank Sustainability Team | June 7, 2018

UnionBankers came together for the largest annual celebration of our environment, World Environment Day, with this year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Everyone was (and is) encouraged to refuse single-use plastics and make efforts to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.

Focused on breaking our dependence from disposable plastics, UnionBankers shared a brownbag learning session with environment champion Antoinette ‘Toni’ Taus as she talked about her work as the founder of the non-profit organization CORA (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation). CORA works to create sustainable programs and solutions to help solve global issues focused on hunger, poverty and the environment. Taus had also worked with Aboitiz on raising awareness about the harmful effects of plastic during the Group’s Earth Hour celebration.

 

Abby Bonita, UnionBank’s Sustainability Head, closing the event.

 

UnionBankers were encouraged to show up with their reusable tumblers as a statement to refuse single-use plastics. Some also shared to the group their own ways of beating plastic dependency. “I refuse single-use plastics by bringing my own tumbler whenever I buy coffee,” said UnionBanker Manette Benitez. “It started from refusing the plastic lid cover and avoiding the plastic stirrer to absolutely eliminating the whole cup by bringing my own container.”

 

UnionBanker Manette Benitez with CORA Founder Antoinette Taus.

 

As an institution that invests on sustainability, UnionBank participates in global efforts to break dependency from single-use plastics by raising awareness about the impact of plastic pollution. Through activities like these, the Bank seeks to encourage its people to be a part of a worldwide movement for responsible consumption.