Suntory affiliate launches “One Suntory Save the Sea” – Bangkok Post

published : 16 Nov 2022 at 10:40
Suntory affiliate launches “One Suntory Save the Sea” to restore pristine beauty of Thailand’s coastal and marine environment in Rayong
Suntory Group of companies in Thailand led by Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Company Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of beverages under the Suntory and PepsiCo brands in Thailand, and Suntory Beverage & Food (Thailand) Company Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of BRAND’S Essence of Chicken, BRAND’S Bird’s Nest and BRAND’S Plant-Based Extract, teamed up as “Suntory” to launch “One Suntory Save the Sea” to reaffirm Suntory Group’s promise “Mizu To Ikiru” (Living with Water) and turn it into practice to live in harmony with water in a sustainable manner. Volunteers of the two companies joined forces to collect marine waste and garbage on Mae Ramphueng Beach (Kon Ao) in Rayong in collaboration with local partners in the public sector, including the Rayong Provincial Administrative Organisation, Muang Rayong District Office, Baan Phe Municipality Office and the Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park as well as local volunteers and people with volunteer spirit, totalling more than 200 people. Moreover, trash traps to prevent garbage leaking into the sea and a set of sorting bins were provided to create awareness of waste segregation and disposal of wastes in the right place in order to keep the beach clean and restore the natural beauty of Mae Ramphueng Beach.

Mr. Ashish Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Company Limited, said: “One Suntory Save the Sea beach clean-up activity is initiated through collaboration and collective commitment of Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) and Suntory Beverage & Food (Thailand) to grow business with social and environment caring responsibility in line with Suntory Group’s vision ‘Growing for Good’ for sustainable growth. That is behind the launch of the first beach cleanup activity. We also provided 20 sets of trash traps to Rayong Province to prevent garbage leaking into the sea and for water conservation. In addition, five sets of waste separation bins and beach cleanup equipment were provided to the Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park in order to raise public awareness about proper waste segregation to keep the beach and the environment clean. It is considered to be a part of taking care of the environment in a sustainable manner.”     
Mr. Mattias Wallin, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Indochina at Suntory Beverage & Food (Thailand) Company Limited, said: “The launch of “One Suntory Save the Sea” not only helps keep the beach clean but also features knowledge-based activities for people to collectively learn more about 3Rs, namely, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, the correct practices in waste segregation as well as how to manage post-consumer packaging of the two companies. Most of them are glass bottles, clear and colourless PET bottles and aluminium cans. They are 100% recyclable. If people have better understanding and correct knowledge of waste management, they can adjust their behaviours which can result in reduction of waste leaked into the environment. I really hope that all volunteers and participants will apply knowledge and experience derived from the ‘One Suntory Save the Sea’ project for waste management in their households as every adjustment can bring about change in positive way. More importantly, the collaboration to carry out the beach clean-up activity reflects the unity of Suntory Group of companies in jointly doing good deeds for society. It is also a reflection of Suntory Group’s corporate value ‘Giving Back to Society’.”
“Marine waste is one of the global environmental problems as Thailand is among the world’s top marine polluters with a large amount of marine garbage recorded,” said Mr. Chanu Dechthanyanon, Head of the Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park, as the representative of state agencies. “Most ocean waste is land-based that leaks into the marine environment, polluting water resources and harming coastal and marine ecosystems. Marine waste also has direct and indirectly negative impacts on marine habitats and humans. I would like to emphasise that environmental conservation and revitalisation are not a responsibility of a particular person or an agency but the duty of everyone. I would like to thank the two subsidiaries of Suntory Group for presenting opportunities for all stakeholders in the public and private sectors to participate in the marine environmental conservation project in order to restore the pristine beauty of Mae Ramphueng Beach.”
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