1. Conduct a bin audit
Take a look through your office’s bin, what do you see? If there are a lot of a certain type of single use plastics, say food containers or forks, make a note and try to think of a strategy to reduce them in future.
2. Scrutinise procurement
If possible, check in on your workplace’s procurement practices. You may find your workplace is ordering a lot of single use plastic items, or items that come packaged in single use plastics.
Ask yourself and the supplier:
- Do you really need to procure this single use plastic item?
- Is there a more sustainable substitute? Perhaps made of recyclables?
- Is the packaging single use plastic? Could it be substituted, or reduced by ordering in bulk?
3. Sweep the kitchen
Your workplace’s kitchen is likely the biggest culprit when it comes to single use overkill. Try eliminating plastics by replacing them with quality, reusable alternatives, such as ceramic coffee cups, glass cups and stainless steel cutlery.
4. Engage your coworkers
If single use plastics concern you, there’s a chance your coworkers will feel the same. Get people involved by talking about the Plastic Free challenge and bringing the impacts to their attention. People are far more receptive to behavioural changes if they see those around them involved.