Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Please Help! SPI Spearheads U.S. Plastics Industry’s Humanitarian Effort for New Zealand Earthquake Victims
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand last month toppled buildings, buckled streets, and caused hundreds of deaths. The Christchurch community needs our industry’s help. In fact, our colleagues in New Zealand have directly appealed to the U.S. plastics industry for a very critical, specific need: portable toilets.
My counterpart at Plastics New Zealand explained to me that the public sewage system in the impacted area may not be operable for more than a year! This is a dire sanitation problem that will quickly become a public health crisis if we do not offer our assistance. There is a growing need for portable toilets there in order to avoid adding disease and sickness to what is already a nightmare for these citizens.
Here’s How We Can Help
From the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike on the U.S. Gulf Coast and the 2004 tsunami and earthquakes in Asia Pacific, I have been extremely proud of the way my colleagues in the plastics and chemical industries have lent a generous hand with both monetary contributions and in-kind donations of the supplies that our companies manufacture: Bottled water, water purification chemicals and kits, PVC pipe to rebuild water and sanitation systems, water storage containers, plastic houses and other building supplies, medical supplies and even prosthetic limbs.
The Christchurch earthquake is no different and SPI is spearheading an industry-wide effort to produce and ship 4,000 portable toilets to New Zealand. While one portable toilet manufacturer has already graciously offered to manufacture and ship 50 units at no cost, I am asking the rest of the industry to help fund the overall effort. I am appealing to you so that we can raise the $1.5 million necessary– in both cash donations and in-kind contributions of resin and colorant. Be assured that 100% of your donation will be used directly for this effort’s production and shipment costs only.
Act Now: Quick, Easy Ways to Participate
Please go to the plasticsfoundation.org site and click the “Donate” button there to securely make a donation using a credit card. If you wish to make a cash or in-kind donation directly without going through the website, please call SPI’s Susan Douglas at 202.974.5224 or email her.