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Witnessing the Effects of Plastic Pollution at the Sea Turtle Hospital

Witnessing the Effects of Plastic Pollution at the Sea Turtle Hospital

A group of Atlantic employees took an educational field trip to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, North Carolina. The visit strengthened the dedication we have to our mission. We must come together to end plastic pollution.

Single-use plastic packaging harms wildlife and is bad for the planet. At Atlantic, we take interest in learning about how pollution impacts marine life. This is one of the best ways to discover how the existing supply chain is causing harm to the environment.

Atlantic is the most technical resource in sustainable packaging and a protector of its namesake, the Atlantic Ocean. Our A New Earth Project initiative aims to create packaging that is 100% curbside recyclable, made from renewable resources, and not harmful to wildlife or ecosystems.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit that aims to protect sea turtles. They do this through the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured turtles. The organization also offers public education and learning opportunities for people interested in turtles, ancient creatures that face the threat of extinction.

We spent the day learning from turtle experts and observing the impacts of plastic pollution on turtles. Reading and hearing about the effects of plastic pollution on sea creatures is disheartening for anyone. Seeing turtles injured by plastic litter firsthand will turn you into an advocate for change.

At the turtle medical facility we saw real evidence of why we are so driven to do what we do. The lessons we learned at the Karen Beasley Center will resonate with us for the rest of our lives.

On the ride back to the office from the turtle center we took time to reflect on our experiences and learnings. This adventure makes us want to work even harder to end plastic pollution. Seeing is believing. We give our thanks to the passionate staff and volunteers at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

We will rid the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers of plastic pollution.

We do this now. We do this together.

Atlantic Raises $21,414 for Uvalde Shooting Survivors

Atlantic Raises $21,414 for Uvalde Shooting Survivors

Atlantic collectively raised $21,414 for the survivors of the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts go out to the victims and survivors of the tragic mass shooting.

Atlantic collaborated with VictimsFirst, a network of survivors and relatives affected by previous mass shootings, to raise money for those impacted by the incident at Robb Elementary. 100% of what VictimsFirst collects goes directly to the victims and survivors of shootings.

Thank you to VictimsFirst and all the incredible organizations working to heal and support communities impacted by violence.

VictimsFirst reached out to an Atlantic representative and wanted to thank everyone at the organization who was able to contribute.

Atlantic employees raised $10,707, and this was matched by Atlantic Corporation during a fundraising campaign that lasted from May 26, 2022, to June 9, 2022. The total amount raised was $21,414 for those impacted by the shooting in Uvalde.

Whenever Atlantic organizes a fundraiser for those impacted by tragedy, it is heartwarming and inspiring to see so many individual colleagues come together to support those in need.

Thank you.

Race2Rio Atlantic Wellness Challenge

Race2Rio Atlantic Wellness Challenge

Over 16 weeks this spring and summer, 324 participants in Atlantic’s Race2Rio Wellness Challenge traveled 168,107 miles collectively.

That’s 369,835,468 steps and 6.75 times around the earth!

For the Race2Rio, participants were grouped randomly into teams of 12 where they competed to be the first team to travel the virtual distance from Tabor City, NC, our hometown city, to Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2016 Summer Olympics.  The challenge completed on August 21st and we are excited to report that every team made it to Rio!

Race2Rio Beyond the Numbers

The team challenge was a huge success that united employees across 14 branch locations.  Team members communicated via email throughout the 16 weeks to keep each other motivated and on-track.  Plus, our team leaderboard helped us stay accountable to our fellow racers.

Race2Rio participants found creative ways to stay active during the challenge, setting healthy habits that stuck with them. Our Wellness Coordinator highlighted stories of these newfound health and fitness goals from employees throughout the company in a series called Beyond the Number. These stories reveal the motivation behind the daily number of steps everyone could see in our leaderboard.  What inspired someone to travel 80,00 steps in a week?  What got someone else off the couch and walking for the first time in a long time?  It was fun to see and share these stories.

Race2Rio Beyond the Number

And what would a race be without winners? The first 3 teams that reached 9,168,000 steps together won gold, silver, and bronze cash prizes. And everyone who averaged 40,000 steps/week was entered into a drawing to win a Grand Prize.  We even had an Overachiever prize drawing for everyone who averaged 50,000 steps/week.  The drawing and giveaway event was filmed in a live streaming event for the whole company.

Congratulations to everyone who competed and to our Grand Prize and Overachiever winners.  What a great accomplishment!  And thank you to Atlantic for supporting and encouraging our efforts in health and wellness.

Race2Rio Beyond the Number

Stories of Change – Keeping Up With My Girls

Stories of Change – Keeping Up With My Girls

While out playing with his three beautiful daughters, a school-yard fence got between Horace and the reality that his weight was preventing him from keeping up with his girls.

“I knew then that I had to make a change. And that’s where my journey began” ~ Horace Johnson

On his own, Horace set out to learn about proper nutrition and exercise.  And along the way, he learned that consistency is what ultimately leads to success.

Over the course of 3 years, Horace Johnson, a long-time Atlantic employee in Atlanta, GA, has lost 77 pounds. His story is truly an inspiration to anyone looking to make a change for the better.

Stories of Change – Atlantic Wellness

Stories of Change – Atlantic Wellness

In 2015, employees at Atlantic completed a step-based Wellness Challenge that collectively totaled 322,000 miles over 6 months.

We also held our first ever Biggest Loser Weight Loss Contest. Together, we lost over 1,000 pounds.

We wanted to find out what has changed in the lives of people who participated.  How did they achieve their weight loss?  What did they learn?  And how are they doing now?

Hear what employees have to say in our series, Stories of Change.

Jim Steranka in Charlotte was the company’s #1 Biggest Loser.

Charme Blanchard in Greensboro was the company’s 2nd Place Biggest Loser.

Amy Scott was the branch Biggest Loser in Tabor City.

Our Fitbit Success Story – Atlantic Packaging

Our Fitbit Success Story – Atlantic Packaging

Atlantic Packaging started a company-wide Fitbit challenge in July, 2013. Fitbit is a company dedicated to helping people lead healthier, more active lives by providing wireless activity trackers to track steps, distance, calories burned, and more, syncing your stats to your computer and smartphone. Atlantic is taking advantage of the ability to connect, share info and goals, and create leaderboards through Fitbit Corporate Solutions.

We created this video featuring some of our leading steppers to help demonstrate the many benefits that focusing on health and wellness every day can deliver.

See for yourself how we’re doing!