RS Group to Reduce Carbon Footprint, Initiating #RSNETZERO Project and Creating Bags from Recycled Plastic Bottles. Revenues Contributed Towards Marine Endangered Animal Rescue Center, Andaman Coastal Research Station for Development
RS Public Company Limited, or RS Group, strongly believes in environmental conservation through effective resource management and utilization to reduce waste throughout the value chain of the company. At the same time, because employees are the core part of the company’s conservation efforts, therefore #RSNETZERO project was initiated as the corporate-wide effort to reduce its carbon footprint among its employees. The first initiative was implemented, by separating PET 1 plastic bottles within the organization and relaying them for recycling and transforming them into #RSNETZERO bags. These bags were made of 100% recycled fibers, available for purchase at 350 baht each at RS MEETING CONCERT 2022. Revenues were contributed towards the establishment of Marine Endangered Animal Rescue Center, under the supervision of Andaman Coastal Research Station for Development, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University without deducting any expense.
Surachai Chetchotsak, Chief Executive Officer, RS Public Company Limited, revealed, “RS Group values sustainability and corporate social responsibility and its impacts on the community, society, and the environment, while growing our business and supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The “RS Net Zero” campaign is our environmental conservation effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 2025. This campaign invited all employees to separate plastic waste, as it is one of the major causes of global warming. We hope to recycle these plastics appropriately to reduce their environmental impacts, including waste contamination in nature. With this campaign running for the entire year, employees separated their plastic bottles, sent them for recycling, and used the recycled fibers in #RSNETZERO bags. 1 bag is made of 20 600-ml plastic bottles. The design was aligned with RS MEETING CONCERT 2022. Revenues, without deducting expenses, were contributed towards the establishment of Marine Endangered Animals Rescue Center, under the supervision of Andaman Coastal Research Station for Development, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University without deducting any expense.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat Dept. of Marine Science Faculty of Fisheries Kasetsart University, one of the frontlines in the ocean and endangered sea life for more than 40 years, said, “Recently, we often hear news reports on endangered animals beaching. The causes include direct cause such as fisheries and indirect ones like ocean pollution, especially plastic waste. Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University, therefore, initiated a project to establish a rescue center for endangered animals at Andaman Coastal Research Station to provide care for four groups of endangered marine lives, namely dugongs, dolphins, whales, and sea turtles, as well as other sea lives such as sharks and sting rays. The focus area is the North Andaman area, near Ranong and Phang-nga, to expand the efforts of Department of Marine and Coastal Resource. As for RS Group’s #RSNETZERO project that has produced bags from recycled plastic bottles, many may question the extent of this effort – how could a few bags help? In the view of a conservationist like me, I am more than happy to see great initiatives to help the ocean and marine lives. It certainly promotes the use of fabric bags and in return reduces wastes. I truly believe that each project, regardless of its scale, can promote awareness on conservation efforts and encourage the conservationists to continue their work. Revenue from these bags will improve the facilities and work process of our staffs, including the renovation of our turtle rehabilitation areas and training on short-term care for turtles. The more critical cases are referred to the rescue center in Phuket. Everyone who had participated in the creation of these bags certainly contributed towards the effectiveness of small veterinary hospital to increase the survival chances of the sick and injured endangered marine animals.
#RSNETZERO bags are made of 100% recycled fiber. These limited-edition bags were sold out within a few hours at RS MEETING CONCERT 2022 and the auction of 16 bags with signatures of various artists of RS MEETING CONCERT 2022. Together, these bags contributed a total of 150,000 baht.