Portland – Halstead/Metroflor employees based in the Portland, Ore., area joined forces on April 20 to volunteer at Ocean Blue Project’s Fourth Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day. The group took part in ridding the beach of trash with a focus on microplastics that litter the beach in the town of Manzanita constantly and consistently. This year, Ocean Blue Annual Corporate Member Halstead/Metroflor sponsored the event. Volunteerism is central to the companies’ corporate culture, and their Sustainability Council brings employee volunteer efforts to the beaches.

Halstead/Metroflor’s support of ocean clean-up volunteerism will continue on the East Coast with its sponsorship of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s Save the Sound event in Connecticut.

“The issue of ocean and plastic pollution was created by human beings’ bad behavior,” said Rick Taylor, Halstead/Metroflor’s director of training. “So it’s incumbent upon all of us to fix the problem. If we can bring awareness to this issue and help physically clean our shores and waterways by volunteering some of our own personal time, then hopefully we can inspire others to do the same.”

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