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How can your business reduce its plastic waste?

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As the climate crisis worsens, more focus is being put into the reasons behind it and how to prevent further damage. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into oceans each year. And while people are now being encouraged to avoid single-use plastic in day-to-day life, it’s clear that the issue requires more radical change.

While managing waste sustainably can be easily done, businesses often opt for convenience and bargains. But as becoming sustainable grows more and more crucial, businesses are being held to a much higher standard.

So, this Plastic Free July we take a look at how businesses can reduce their plastic usage and why it’s so important that they do.

Buy smarter

Waste management can be a simple process for businesses of any size. And as environmentalism takes centre stage in the UK, being sustainable may become not only the more ethical course, but the most pragmatic one.

Making swaps for plastic-free alternatives can be a good place to start. This means avoiding single-use plastics and buying products crafted from sustainably sourced materials instead. Of course, purchasing plastics can sometimes be unavoidable. In this case, opting for recyclable plastic can make a huge difference.

The Plastic Pact is a group of businesses that are working towards completely eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics. And for all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable with 70% to be recycled or composted by 2025. Putting these goals in place make it easier for businesses to have a clear idea of what they are working towards.

Install water stations

Putting water stations in the workplace may seem like a small task, but it comes with big benefits. By having reachable fresh drinking water, employees can use their reusable bottles as opposed to buying single-use ones each day. It is estimated that over 1.1 million sea birds and animals are killed every year due to plastic pollution in their habitat. And a large percentage of this waste is created by single-use plastics. So, to be able to reduce wasted bottles each day is a huge step in the right direction for each and every business.

Think reusable

Providing your team with a range of reusable utensils and crockery can make a considerable difference to your business’s plastic waste. Keeping mugs, glasses, and cutlery in the office kitchen will reduce the amount of single-use plastic used and wasted every day.

Not only do reusable bottles and food containers lessen your impact on the environment, they can also save your employees money in the long term. Buying reusable products means that you don’t have to buy items that need replacing regularly.

Remember to recycle

Less than one-third of all plastic used in the UK is recycled. While the main goal is to irradicate plastic all together, it is important that we also focus on recycling the plastic that already exists.

Placing recycling bins with clear signage around the office encourages employees to dispose of their waste responsibly. Encouraging waste-free lunches and paperless meetings is another way to reduce office waste.

Whether you prefer the stability of a fixed contract or something more flexible we can help get you just the right deal.  Your account manager can explain every aspect of your contract and help you pick the one that best suits your needs.

Offer incentives

Offering incentives for eco-friendly behaviour encourages employees to live more sustainably in a fun and collaborative way.

Monthly or weekly plastic-free challenges are a great way of educating employees on simple ways to be more eco-friendly. These activities are a great time for employees to bond as they work towards the same goal. It can also be a great way to boost your company’s green credibility on social media, which engages with a broad range of eco-conscious consumers.

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How can we help?

Sustainability is not a passing fad, especially for UK businesses. That’s why we work closely with our clients to make them as resource efficient as possible.

Our in-house team of experts can help you with your energy, waste and carbon management so that you can devote your time to growing your business.  

Get in touch today to hear more on how National Utility Hub can help your business on its journey to sustainability.

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