Argyll Holidays go to Gambia
Looking after the planet is in the forefront of all our minds at the moment, with questions we ask ourselves being; how can we be more sustainable now and in the future? How can our actions have less of an impact on the world, both at a Global and Local level?
At Argyll Holidays we have always had sustainability on our minds, from protecting and enhancing habitats to recycling and reusing. It is the latter we embarked on during lockdown. We, as a company, had a complete rebrand which meant that everything from stationery to uniforms had to be changed to the new brand. What to do with the old branded stock was the question.
Well, our Environmental Coordinator Jackie, teamed up with Bill Nelson from First Aid 4 Gambia to relocate all of our stock to the people of Gambia who have very little. As you can imagine, this was no mean feat. Lorraine from our HR team and Jackie coordinated getting all old stock uniforms from all staff on our eight parks laundered and to one pickup point. All stationery was collected and also sent to the pickup point.
Bill picked up the boxes (There was a lot) and made his way to Edinburgh to load into a container for onward travel to Gambia. The container took about four months to get to destination however, our stock has landed. Momodou, one of Bill’s team in Gambia has started to distribute some of the items in a village called Jappineh near Elephant Island.
The ladies absolutely loved the tote bags and use them for fetching daily shopping from the market. Our shirts have a unique use now as hospital gowns for women who come to have their babies. Pens, folders and notepads are being distributed among the students, with a local football team looking very smart and happy in the recycled swimming pool uniform shorts.
On a serious note, it is without a doubt that we live in a throw away culture with obsolescence built in however, if we can all, from individuals to corporate companies, follow the lead of Argyll Holidays and other likeminded companies in Scotland, and take the time to ask what use items when we no longer need can be to someone else - then we will be aiming in the right direction of sustainability.