Practical measures to reduce single-use plastic
There is no universal measure that can be implemented and adapted to all businesses. Each business must develop its own solution-based on the measurement results.
Your long-term goal should be no waste at all, which also means replacing single-use plastic straws with paper straws is not the correct approach.
By reducing the consumption of plastic and the amount of plastic waste you contribute to the protection of the environment and climate as less consumption means less resources and less greenhouse gas emissions.
PRACTICAL MEASURES TO REDUCE THE PLASTIC VOLUME
Rethinking products (e.g. reusable items) and implementing processes (e.g. products offered on requests) can help your business to save money. In some cases, investment is needed to buy the reusable products but the savings will come once the product is in use.
PURPOSE OF A PRODUCT
Think about the purpose a product has. If it doesn’t have a real purpose, remove it.
PREFER REUSABLE PRODUCTS
Always prefer reusable products instead of single-use products (no matter of the material they are made of).
WORK WITH SUPPLIERS
Raise awareness among your suppliers and ask them what solutions they can offer. Maybe they can provide their products in returnable boxes?
CREATE A SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING POLICY
Create a sustainable purchasing policy so that your staff knows what kind of products shall be bought and which should be avoided.
Donate unwanted but usable products to local charities or organisation that support people in need.
INVOLVE STAFF AND GUESTS
Provide clear communication to staff and guests, inform them of the underlying reasons and show them how they can support.
Run some pilots with certain products or processes to see how your guests respond.