Ocean Blue News Blog
by Karisa Arterbury
Ocean Blue has caught one manufacturing company doing much more to be sustainable than most, and we are really quite impressed. Halstead New England and their sister company, Metroflor Corporation, formed a sustainability team in 2016 to ensure their environmental and social responsibility is exceeding standards on every level. They recently joined hands with Ocean Blue Project for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup 2018. As a proud Annual Corporate Member of Ocean Blue Project, the two came together to clean the beach in Manzanita on September 15th, and they’re planning to do more.
Who is Halstead-Metroflor? Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, and with offices around the world including associates in Portland, Oregon, Halstead-Metroflor has for a century been delivering to their customers a variety of interior building and design products. While associates in Oregon were cleaning up on the west coast, their headquarter office employees led another beach cleanup on the east coast for the same ocean cleanup effort on September 15th.
If we want a real ocean cleanup happening, then we have to take care of our neighborhoods where we live, work, and play. Everything runs downstream. Halstead understands this and they make investments for the long term benefit of our One World Ocean. Halstead’s vision has been to deliver products that offer consumers exceptional quality, value, design and performance. Their products blend global research and development expertise with responsible and consistent manufacturing practices. Their offices in Calhoun, GA, include a LEED Platinum-certified building, a Green-Globes certified building, and a warehouse equipped with solar panels.
Most impressively to Ocean Blue, Halstead/Metroflor have a warehouse that collects rainwater in barrels to flush toilets and for landscaping purposes. Imagine how much cleaner our waterways would be if rainwater was being used on a mass scale by businesses and homeowners alike, instead of running along oil saturated streets before hitting our urban streams and rivers. Halstead is saving water and contributing to ocean cleanup through prevention.
Halstead has also been working with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to do so much including get Declare labels for products, including Metroflor and ASPECTA brands, as well as working hard to receive the JUST label for one of their manufacturers. ILFI are deep into getting companies to be more transparent about what is in their products through Declare and also about how they treat employees through JUST certification and more sustainable services. Halstead’s sustainability team is working to make sure they are not only joining in on employee volunteer efforts for things like blood drives and school supply drives, and caring for our earth with ocean cleanups, but also being as transparent as possible about how they treat employees, where their products come from and the safety of the ingredients they put in their products.
Ocean Blue is excited about working with Halstead employees and we are looking forward to planting Trees for Streams together in Portland. Emily French, an associate of Halstead located in the Portland area and a sustainability team member, is always seeking to make more of an impact with Ocean Blue. Her vision is to bring Halstead employees and their families out into the community to plant trees together and Ocean Blue is planning community outreach efforts in Portland to make the most of our combined efforts through our Trees for Streams program.
Ocean Cleanup Near You
Ocean Blue is requesting everyone to gather next year on April 23rd for the Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day along the entire Oregon Coast! Make your commitment today by celebrating the day with Ocean Blue and saving our wave at the next Ocean Cleanup.
Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day April 23rd - proclamation was signed by our Oregon Governor in 2017! Read More:
How You Can Help Our Ocean
Trash and pollution are leading threats to the health of our one world Ocean . Let's work together to keep trash in a closed loop and not in our Ocean! #wecleanbeaches Find out more at www.OceanBlueProject.org
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