Living in Harmony with Nature

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Arakawa River Clean-aid

Over the past few years, the focus on the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans has been rapidly growing. In order to deepen awareness of this social issue from the perspective of biodiversity, Casio held an investigational clean up (collecting garbage while counting each type of garbage) in the lower basin of the Arakawa River on July 12, 2018 in conjunction with classroom learning commissioned from Arakawa Clean-aid Forum (ACF), an NPO that has been working the problem of garbage in the rivers and seas for over 20 years.

In intense heat, 12 employees collected garbage washed ashore for an hour over an 85m stretch with the objective of personalizing social issues through onsite experience and exploring contributions through core business. The employees collected 34 bags (45 liters) of garbage, mainly food trays and plastic bottles. From this initiative, each participant learned the serious reality that large volumes of plastic flow into the sea via the river. Much of this garbage is used containers and packaging. As Casio uses plastic in its products and packaging materials, the company cannot claim that it is not involved in the problem of marine pollution. Spurred by this experience, Casio will continue to examine initiatives.

The results of the investigational clean up were included in some of the data compiled by Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN) via ACF and will be used as reference materials for the policies of government agencies, including the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Photo: Before collected garbage washed ashore
Before
Photo: after collected garbage washed ashore
After
Photo: Working up a sweat picking up and counting garbage
Working up a sweat picking up and counting garbage
Photo: Tough but rewarding work
Tough but rewarding work