Earth Day 2020 –The 50th Anniversary of Global Action
How It All Began
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans – 10% of the U.S. population at the time – took to the streets and college campuses in hundreds of cities to protest environmental disregard and demand a new direction forward for our planet. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was inspired by protests of the 1960s and felt determined to convince the federal government that the planet was at risk. Throughout university campuses he urged a “national teach-in on the environment” to maximize the number of students that could be reached. From this, Earth Day was created, launching the modern environmental movement, and is recognized as the world’s largest civic event.
What You Can Do Today
Earth Day 2020’s theme is climate action, where we currently are facing immense challenges as well as tremendous opportunities. Test your knowledge of climate change with this short quiz.
This year’s Earth Day will also mark its first Digital Earth Mobilization. You can plan an event of your own such as an online community discussion with platforms like flooding and heatwaves. Reach out to your local leaders and council members with concerns for your city and community. Or, relax and read a book. Replace carbon-intensive streaming with a hardcover or paperback while stimulating your mind, body and planet.
Coca-Cola Company – Not Just a Beverage Distributor
Coca-Cola is no longer only associated with producing popular beverages but is now at the top of cutting edge developments in recycling. Coca-Cola is sold in all but two countries on Earth. For the past 10 years, The Coca-Cola Foundation has supported an annual The Coca-Cola Foundation/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling grant program, which has donated public space recycling bins to more than 1,400 communities across the country. In 2018, Coca-Cola set an ambitious goal to help solve the problem of product packaging waste in the United States and around the world. The company pledged to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one sold by 2030 in their Every Bottle Back collaboration with other leading beverage companies. The company is also focusing on ways to make all its packaging fully recyclable by 2025 plus a long term goal of having all its bottles and cans made from 50% recycled plastics by the year 2030. In Mexico, the company’s bottled water, Ciel, is now available in a 100% recycled plastic bottle. The same is true for Australia’s Mount Franklin water brand. Efforts are continuing throughout Latin America to increase the amount of recycled material used in packaging.
In Greece, Coca-Cola launched Zero Waste Cities which turns plastic waste into furniture for public spaces.
More evidence that Coca-Cola is a trailblazer in the recycling world is its aim to make its bottles and cans with 50% recycled content by 2030. For starters, Coca Cola introduced the world’s first bottle made from recycled ocean plastic waste. Volunteers and fishermen in Spain, Portugal and twelve other Mediterranean ports conducted 84 beach cleanups. Afterward, the company released 300 sample bottles that included 25% recycled marine plastic.
Couronne Co. Does Its Part
Couronne Co. takes pride in being a part of the eco-friendly movement by incorporating recycled glass into our product lines. Recycled content ranges from 30-50% in much of our home decor, bath & body, kitchenware and garden collections to vases, decorative bottles and bowls manufactured in Europe made with 100% recycled glass. One of our newest collections is an array of Coca-Cola collector merchandise. After a successful day of proactive involvement, take some time to make your Earth Day delicious and refreshing with these Couronne Co. items made of 100% recycled glass.
The Coca-Cola Recycled Glass Jar with Spigot serves up 169oz of nostalgia during birthday parties, family gatherings, sporting events or neighborhood get-togethers. At 10 ¼” tall, it is a great size to chill on a top shelf of a refrigerator before parties. The screw cap protects from spills while allowing for quick replenishing and cleaning.
Snuggle up with a cozy throw and get ready for Movie Night at home with family or friends. Pour a cold beverage and fill the Couronne 9 3/4″ Coca-Cola Recycled Glass Bowl to the brim with buttery popcorn or other favorite snacks. Designed to resemble a bottle cap of the popular soft drink, the 57.5oz bowl serves up nostalgia with hot or cold dishes at dinner gatherings, team sporting events or pool parties yet is trendy enough to stand alone in a treasured collection.
Whether you are a sole contributor or recruit friends and family to join forces on a project of interest, all Earth Day efforts are welcome for the overall health of our planet. Enjoy your Earth Day!