UPDATE: We have a winner! Thank you to all who voted. Receiving 62% of the vote, our winner is CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA. We're thrilled to donate a portion of the year's profits to this worthy organisation.
Just over a year ago, we wrote about how, despite being a small start-up, we wanted to contribute to something bigger than us. You can read about it here, but we decided that at the end of the 2016/2017 Financial Year, we would donate a portion of our profits to an organisation that aligns with our values.
That time is NOW and we're so excited because we want YOU to help us choose the recipient organisation! We've narrowed it down to three organisations based in Australia that are committed to protecting the environment. Each of the organisations have in some way promoted a plastic bag ban or the clean up of our oceans, though each group has its own mission statement and focus.
The three two contenders are as follow:
1. CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA: This grass-roots organisation was created in 1989 by "average Aussie bloke" Ian Kiernan when he organised a clean-up of Sydney Harbour. Over 25 years, 27.2 million hours and 288,000 tonnes of rubbish later, Clean Up Australia has spread nationally and then globally to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year.
- GREENPEACE AUSTRALIA PACIFIC: This organisation is an offshoot of the well-known international group. Large enough to cover all areas of the environment, its values statement includes to "...seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices."
Unfortunately Greenpeace Australia Pacific has informed us that due to a policy of only accepting donations from individuals, they would be unable to accept our donation. We respect their decision and will therefore remove them from the competition.
3. AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY: Billing itself as "the only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes," part of this organisation's focus is to work to improve water quality and reduce pollution and marine debris.
A simple vote to help save the planet... too easy.
Voting is open until noon (AEST) on 30 June 2017. To vote, simply write your choice in the comments below.