CLEVELAND – September 21, 2020 – Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, today announced it is collaborating with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) to lessen the impact of litter on the environment. In celebration of World Cleanup Day 2020, Avient is supporting the All Together Global Cleanup, a global initiative to remove litter from the environment.
The event, which began on September 19 and extends through October 3, mobilizes volunteers from the Alliance, employees of participating member and non-member companies, partners, and individuals to rid the world of litter – one piece at a time.
“We are encouraging all Avient employees, partners and individuals to participate and spread the word about All Together Global Cleanup,” said Walter Ripple, vice president of Sustainability at Avient. “This is a great opportunity to participate with the associates of all member companies and thousands of other individuals around the world in a purposeful effort. Litter in the environment is a global challenge with local solutions, and we’re committed to safely joining together to reduce waste in our communities.”
Leveraging the global network of the Alliance’s nearly 50 members, the All Together Global Cleanup expects to educate more than one million individuals about the importance of litter clean up. The two-week window to participate gives participants the choice to take part, and enables physical distancing given their local communities’ COVID-19 safety guidance.
Litterati, an Alliance-sponsored incubator program winner, is providing its app to unite campaign participants. All participants utilize the app to upload photos of each piece of litter collected in order to measure and track participation throughout the campaign. The Litterati app was developed to monitor clean-up efforts around the world with concrete data, which in turn makes it possible to foster change with lasting impact.
“The scale of the global litter challenge can feel daunting, but growing participation in World Cleanup Day has demonstrated that individuals are eager to do their part,” said Jacob Duer, president and CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “Through the All Together Global Cleanup, the Alliance and our members are determined to further reduce litter in our mission to end plastic waste in the environment.”
NOTE: On July 1, 2020, PolyOne and Clariant Masterbatch joined together as Avient, a new kind of materials company focused on conquering customer challenges and unlocking the potential for innovation and sustainability around the globe.
About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international nonprofit organization partnering with government, environmental and economic development NGOs and communities around the world to address the challenge to end plastic waste in the environment. Through programs and partnerships, the Alliance focuses on solutions in four strategic areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. As of August 2020, the Alliance has nearly 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organizations across the plastic value chain. For more information, visit: www.endplasticwaste.org
Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), with 2019 pro forma revenues of $4 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:
• Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
• Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
• Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses
Avient employs approximately 9,100 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care® and a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. For more information, visit www.avient.com.
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