How can my workplace collectively reduce its plastic wastage?
So, you remembered to bring your reusables to work – great job! However other colleagues may not seem too enthusiastic about reducing waste. How do you create this positive change on a larger scale?
Go paperless and encourage better recycling habits
We live in a wonderful time where we can write, edit and collaborate for free online; it’s never been easier to ditch the paper and go mostly digital. It’s also essential to have proper waste management practices and access to recycling bins. This resource by Planet Ark is a great tool to encourage workplace recycling. It includes things like staff education, location of the bins and the importance of proper recycling signage.
Use a TerraCycle box to recycle office supplies
Here at the F&F office, we use the TerraCycle Office Supplies Box to recycle pens, paperclips, staplers, and non-electronic office supplies. When the box is full, your workplace can send it back to TerraCycle to be responsibly recycled.
Host a Plastic-Free Morning Tea
On 1 July each year (or another day during the month), we encourage people to spread the word about Plastic Free July by having a plastic-free morning tea at your workplace. It’s a fun and inclusive way to introduce your colleagues to the problems of single-use plastic. You can find more information on the Plastic Free July website.
Join your office sustainability group
If you are working in a large office building in the City, it may seem near impossible to implement these changes with so many businesses working under one roof. However, most large buildings now have sustainability groups who will actively support your suggestions and give you info on how you can filter processes back into your workplace. Speak to your building concierge and get yourself involved.