Small changes can make a big difference
Switch to reusables
More and more cafés and takeaways are welcoming reusables. Bringing your own cutlery and reusable containers for lunch is a great way to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in the waste bin. Don’t forget your reusable cup too!
Challenge the supply chain
If you are purchasing single-use plastic items for the workplace, ask yourself ‘do we need these’ or ‘is there a more sustainable option?’ If you notice your suppliers using excessive packaging, call them out on it. Ask the supplier to reduce or remove unnecessary plastic packaging from any items you are purchasing.
Cut the cups
If you are holding an event or meeting, think about what plastic you can reduce, avoid single-use plastic cups, bowls and containers and choose ones that can be collected, washed and re-used again and again. If you are running a large outdoor event check out the ‘Refill Guide for Events‘ on how to move from single-use disposable plastic cups to reusable ones.
Move to more sustainable packaging
PlasticFreeGM has worked through some of the ‘worst offenders’ in terms of avoidable single-use plastics (straws, stirrers, takeaway containers, hot and cold drink cups, and cutlery) and offers advice and guidance on how to make more sustainable, low carbon choices.
Spread the word
Encourage other local businesses and community centres that you work to sign up as a refill station on the Refill app or to install a water fountain on their premises. City to Sea have lots of great advice. Contact email@example.com for an introduction to MIW, their Refill infrastructure partner for fountains and bottle refill points.
#Reuse not single-use.
If you work in catering or have to order in food for meetings take a look at our factsheets for lots of advice on alternatives to single-use plastic items like cups, plates, trays and bowls. If you would like to cut down on plastic at home, take a look at our tops tips for Reducing Plastic Waste.