Awareness around the issue of single-use plastics and plastic pollution in particular is increasing each year – in fact, ‘single-use’ was the official word of the year in 2018! The good news is that even small changes can make a difference – and when it comes to plastic, there are lots of little ways you can change your behaviour to ensure you’re not contributing to a growing problem.
What’s the problem with plastic?
We use a lot of plastic – over 300 million tonnes of plastic is manufactured every year, half of which we use just once, sometimes only for a few seconds before throwing it away. It’s plastic waste that is the increasingly pressing issue – a plastic bottle can take around 450 years to break down, and it can often end up in the ocean. Even recyclable plastic isn’t as environmentally friendly as you might think, as two-thirds of plastic that can be recycled still ends up in landfill or in the incinerator.
The truth is, we are all affected by plastic waste, and we are all responsible. But it’s not all doom and gloom – the good news is that there are lots of small things that we can do to help tackle a big problem. And many of them are simple behaviour changes that we can all accommodate.
So, what can your business do?
All businesses have a responsibility to ensure that their activities have a minimal effect on their environment, and so it’s important that business owners are actively trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by their organisation.
Here are a just a few ideas on what you can implement within your business:
It is important to engage your staff and encourage them to crack down on single-use plastic waste. Why not set some targets or competitions within the workplace and offer rewards to incentivise them? Share news internally on the subject to help keep them in the know (you can set up a news alert on all news relating to single-use plastics, for example), and recognise those who are doing well.
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