Toward the goal of achieving harmony with the global environment, the Mitsui Chemicals Group engages in a variety of environment communication activities.
Mitsui Chemicals Group Clean-up Caravan
To tackle the problem with plastics, the Mitsui Chemicals Group aims to encourage the recycling of resources and promote a circular economy model by implementing our plastics strategies and measures to address the marine plastic waste issues. The problem of marine plastic waste owes to plastics that have escaped from the process for recycling resources and ended up in marine environments due to inappropriate waste management. Stopping waste from flowing into rivers and the sea is of utmost importance.
Mitsui Chemicals has undertaken clean-up activities in areas around our sites. In fiscal 2019, we launched a group-wide initiative, the Mitsui Chemicals Group Clean-up Caravan, calling on our affiliates in Japan and overseas to join in these activities. Going beyond the range of activities around our sites, the scope of the activities was broadened to allow for more employee initiatives, now including participation in clean-up activities organized by nonprofit and governmental bodies as well as clean-ups following community events. A total of 4,913 people have participated in the Caravan campaign, collecting 36,344 kg of waste since fiscal 2019.
Donating NONROT™ Tree Decks to Shiretoko Nature Foundation
Third round of the Protecting Our World Natural Heritage Project.
In the third round of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Protecting Our World Natural Heritage Project series, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and Mitsui Chemicals Industrial Products Ltd.) have donated three tree decks to mark the 40th anniversary of the Shiretoko Nature School, a project organized by Shiretoko Nature Foundation, which is based in Shari, Hokkaido Prefecture.
The World Natural Heritage Site of Shiretoko was the birthplace of Japan’s first national trust movement, the Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Movement Trust. Today, the Shiretoko Nature Foundation works to protect Shiretoko’s natural splendor through activities centered on the approach of learning, protecting and educating, including environmental education and awareness activities; wildlife conservation, management and research; and forest development. Since 1980, the Shiretoko Nature School Initiative has been held week-long courses, in which children from across Japan spend a week camping outdoors in Shiretoko National Park. The Shiretoko Nature School aims to ensure that Shiretoko’s magnificent natural environment can be passed on to the next generation. Since that first course, more than 1,900 children have spent a week at Shiretoko during summer.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Shiretoko Nature School, Mitsui Chemicals Group donated three tree decks for the Ponhoro Forest, where Nature School courses take place. The tree decks were made between July and October 2019 with the help of children attending the Nature School, as well as by Nature School alumni, members of Shari Town and the Shiretoko Nature Foundation and many others. The decks were treated with NONROT™*, a wood protective coating supplied by Mitsui Chemicals Industrial Products.
NONROT™ is a highly safe timber coating that makes full use of wood’s natural breathability. It offers outstanding water-repellency, UV resistance and protection against rot, fungus and insects. NONROT™ has become the wood protective coating of choice for many architects, designers and their clients, as it allows the wood to breathe, enabling users of products treated with the coating to enjoy the pleasant scent of the timber itself.
Rice Paddy Organism Surveys Providing Opportunities to Learn about Biodiversity
Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. has taken elementary school students on rice paddy organism surveys across two locations in Miyagi Prefecture.
The rice paddy organism survey held for third-grade students from Tsurusu Elementary School in Taiwa-cho has been hosted by JA Asahina (Taiwa-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture) since 2015*. Mitsui Chemicals Agro’s Sendai branch office assists community coordinators, teachers and JA ZEN-NOH staff with the survey, which is conducted within the context of Community Cooperation Activities for Learning and Education promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
In fiscal 2019, the rice paddy organism survey was held for third- and fourth-grade students from Kami-Ayashi Elementary School, Sakunami Elementary School and Okura Elementary School in Sendai, coming at the behest of former Tohoku University Science Coordinator Tomiichiro Ishigaki and with the cooperation of Mitsui Chemicals Agro’s Sendai branch office.
*The activities were not held due to COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal 2020.
Not only involved in sales of agrochemicals, the Mitsui Chemicals Agro surveys the effects of agrochemical use on wildlife in rice paddies, which is useful for the improvement and development of agrochemical products. Further, the Mitsui Chemicals Agro conducts surveys, and we publish results summaries of these surveys that certify that rice was grown in rice paddies inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife, which contributes to adding value to local rice.