02 • 05 • 2020

Ball Corporation and Surfrider Tackle Single-Use Plastic Pollution

Ball Corporation is known for supplying innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers worldwide. In 2018, the Surfrider Foundation and the Ball Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation – began collaborating to foster environmental stewardship and elevate awareness around recycling through Ball's financial and volunteer support for Surfrider's mission. Since 1886, Ball Corporation has invested in local communities. Now, the Ball Foundation’s global mission is to provide financial support to non-profit organizations that sustain the communities in which we live and operate.
In the fall of 2018, Ball Corporation engaged the Surfrider Foundation to particiate in their global leadership conference. Surfrider participated in a sustainability panel, presenting on the threats of plastic pollution and our diversified strategy around policy with the ultimate goal of source reduction. The engaged conference audience confirmed that Ball Corporation shares our passion for protecting the natural environment and addressing the threats to our ocean and coastlines.
As part of the conference, Surfrider co-hosted a day of volunteer activities that included planting an Ocean Friendly Garden and a beach cleanup. The participants showed heartwarming enthusiasm and excitement about rolling up their sleeves and taking part in efforts to give back. Throughout the day, Ball volunteers removed 274 pounds of debris from two miles of Florida shoreline and planted over 200 native plants to support a healthy landscape. 
In continuation of our partnership, Ball identified co-hosting beach cleanups as an engaging way of integrating their sustainability initiatives, and care for our coastlines and waterways into their regional plants and the local communities they are a part of. In November 2019, the Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter teamed up with local Ball Corporation employees to protect the health of their local beach and coastal waters at Cypress Point Park in Tampa, Florida.
During the cleanup, 45 volunteers from the local Ball production plant, the Surfrider Suncoast Chapter, and students from Steinbrenner High School removed 75 pounds of litter from the park— 10 pounds of which was aluminum that was then properly recycled. One volunteer said, “I’m a Florida native, and I always thought that the beaches were the most beautiful part of Florida. Ever since growing up it’s been dirty, and I just want to help clean it up— that’s why it’s important to me. Thank you, Ball!”

Apart from their support for Surfrider’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, the Ball Foundation seeks to improve the communities they are part of through education about and improvement of recycling practices, engaging in disaster preparedness and relief, and promoting and facilitating STEM education.

Thanks to our partners at Ball for their national support of our Plastic Pollution Initiative, and their continued support of the communities and chapters around their plants through local beach cleanups!

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