Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Mitsui Washington DC
In autumn-time, a group of employees demonstrates true spirit in a self-motivated “Clean the Park” campaign in local Edward R. Murrow Park, which is in close proximity to the Mitsui Washington DC Office.
Although the park is full of trees and greenery, plenty of trashy garbage also accumulates. So, a few years back, employees decided to help out their park by cleaning up the trash, including a large amount of cigarettes butts, polluting this green space.
With a big help from their family, a commitment to their neighborhood has been made in a tradition of fighting litter in the U.S. Capital.
This is a more important effort than we might imagine since:
18% of all litter / trash ends up polluting streams, rivers and waterways and harming wildlife;
80% of all marine debris comes from land-based sources;
cigarette butts are the most littered item worldwide and anywhere in the U.S.
We usually clean the park in November, so having our Fifth Park Cleanup earlier in the year on September 4, 2014 meant an outfit change from winter clothes for working hard, picking up litter on a hot, humid, sunny day. Like other years, a majority of the trash was small items such as cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and plastic bottle caps. People passing by questioned who we were and why we were cleaning, and seemed impressed that our small activity could be such a good influence on society, and recognized the benefit of a cleaner, nicer park,” Mitsui Washington DC Volunteer Activity Leader Hiroko.
By the time the litter is all collected for proper disposal, a pretty amazing amount of garbage has been cleaned, and Mitsui Washington DC has turned the park back into a little oasis in a big city.
Mitsui Washington D.C. has become a positively influence for their community in a fight against litter, especially since some believe that:
litter, intentional or unintentional, attracts more litter and is the starting point for other community blight;
an attractive environment is believed to help sustain economic prosperity, and reduction of litter is known to improve the ability to attract new businesses
and increase revenue from tourism/convention;
basically, a clean community discourages litter and raises quality of life and living standards.
Mitsui Washington D.C. volunteerism is part of this positive change.