Many of us spend a significant portion of our work week in the office - so how can you make sure your workspace doesn’t contribute to the growing plastic-waste problem? Here are some great tips you, your team, or your company can implement right away to make your office plastic-free.
Whether you bring your own food or drinks from home, order food in, or enjoy company meals, there’s always a significant amount of plastic waste. This includes disposable cups, forks, water bottles, coffee pods, and plastic bags. The easiest first step you can take is to avoid bringing these into the office.
Recycling waste is a great way to reduce how much office waste ends up in the ocean and landfills. But it is critical to understand which products are truly recyclable and which, if placed in the incorrect container, may cause a whole load to be rejected by the processing facility. What can be recycled typically varies depending on where you are on the globe. It is also critical that your team is well-informed and that choosing to recycle is the simplest option.
Create a team or committee of office volunteers to encourage the entire office to pursue healthier habits, create goals, collect thoughts and ideas, and organize fun workplace events. It’s a great way of helping everyone stay accountable and excited about working plastic-free.
Showcasing to your community that you’re committed to going plastic-free is a way to garner support and encourage other offices to do the same. You can do that like this:
Organize a plastic-free day: This is one day when nothing plastic enters or leaves the office, and no new or single-use plastics are used or discarded. Include fun activities and rewards or add on a fundraising component in which you raise money for organizations pushing for a plastic-free world. Share the successes (and setbacks) with the world and invite other offices to join you. This is great particularly if your office has several branches around the country or world.
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