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The Gosselin River Clean-Up initiative 2022
Via locally initiated actions around the central theme of ‘River clean-up’ Gosselin wants to motivate/activate all Gosselin colleagues across the world to set-up a local initiative (either big or small) as an important first step in the Gosselin sustainability ambitions for 2022.
In Deurne, Belgium, two teams headed out into the rain on different days to collect waste on the Gosselin grounds. A total of 58 people collected 283 kilograms of trash. About 40 kilometers south of Deurne, our international air cargo team of eight people collected 25 kilograms of waste at Brucargo in only ninety minutes.
In clean Switzerland, there was the challenge of finding an area that still had litter near the office in Thoerishaus. Therefore the team was reinforced by waste searchers. These fluffy Alpacas sniffed out the incorrectly disposed waste of which a big part consisted out of cigarette butts.
The entire KGA team of ten people in Zagreb when on a clean-up excursion in the area around their new office. They collected 19,2 kilograms and got a lot of appreciation from the locals for their efforts. The awareness is growing!
The entire office team of six people in Warsaw chose the 66km long Jeziorka river which is close to their office. It’s a romantic spot in nature that is being destroyed by waste. The team collected a staggering 170 kilograms and are thereby the recordholders of this Gosselin clean-up action.
For a full week, the Paris office team conducted an experiment with all every type of low emission means of transport for their commuting, and leaving nothing behind except their cars. Great pilot and learning experience; after all, we have no time to waste on waste and C0² reduction. Our commuting and business travel activities in the moving industry contributes to 250 tons of C0² so we clearly need different ways of commuting and working.
In the UK the cleaning crew focused on the local park and the banks of the river. They collected 35 kilograms of waste and two shoes sticking out of the mud, luckily without a body attached to them!
In Romania no less than 23 clean-up volunteers were present. The volume and the type of waste they collected was impressive, from spare car parts to drinking bottles. About 250 kilograms was collected in less than two hours.
The Moscow team was so motivated, they scheduled their clean-up on a Sunday, near the river of Klyazma. They collected an impressive 84 kilograms with only three people. Well done!
Since the team in the Rome office will be moving to a new office soon, they wanted to set the example in their new neighborhood and do a clean-up in the nearby park and collected 24,6 kilograms of waste. Their cleaning skills were highly appreciated in the city, and people in the streets started to give our team their garbage.
Petr and his team went tree planting in Liberec, 110 km from Prague, on the hillside of Ještěd, one of the most iconic mountains of Czechia. They were planting beech trees only. In other sectors, fir trees were being planted.
Locations are chosen in places of dead monoculture of spruce trees and the objective is to switch back into a traditional mix of deciduous and coniferous trees of a larger variety. Such forests retain more water and are more resilient to parasites and landslides.
About Gosselin Group
Gosselin was founded in 1930 and employs 800 co-workers that generate more than 350 million euro in turnover. The headquarters of Gosselin are located at the Albert Canal in Antwerp, Belgium, and its inland terminal connects the port of Antwerp-Bruges with the European hinterland. The company has 56 offices in 34 countries and has a strong presence in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The Gosselin Group consists of two divisions: Gosselin Moving and Gosselin Logistics.
Gosselin Moving offers international moves for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private persons.
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