Towards a plastic- and waste-free business
We need to move away from plastic and other forms of waste. But it’s not quite that easy. There are sources of waste we can see and quickly do something about – and then there are sources that are less visible or less easy to do without.
So, from easy to difficult, here are three steps to become a plastic- and waste-free business.
This is the one that is most visible – the source of plastic that customers see, and therefore the source that matters the most in your business’s marketing. But all those disposable cups and salad dishes can be switched to compostable cups and dishes, as long as you promote this move. Promoting it is not just good for your business – it also means customers know how to dispose of the packaging. Sign up to our Compost Club to get your own compost bin so that customers have an easy, responsible disposal option.
Remove food waste
This goes hand-in-hand with compostable packaging. If you’re already a member of our Compost Club, with your very own organics collection, why not use it to dispose of food waste responsibly, too? Food waste in landfill emits methane, a greenhouse gas 76 times more potent than CO2, as it degrades, contributing to climate change. A compost facility returns the nutrients in food waste back to the ground, allowing a new generation of food to be produced.
Look at your sourcing
Front-of-house plastic packaging is very visible, but what about all the packaging behind the scenes? This won’t ever be brought up by your customers, but it doesn’t mean you can’t change what you do and then advertise the fact! The very fact that you’re thinking about other sources of plastic and doing something about them will win you environmentally minded customers. Where do you get your fruit and veg delivered from? Who do you source your meat from? Do these places provide the food wrapped in plastic packaging – and, if so, can you request that your produce come without the plastic?
There are alternative bioplastics that keep food as fresh as if it were wrapped in traditional plastic, and they can be composted afterwards. These produce providers are as dependent on your goodwill as you are on your customers – if they won’t change, perhaps it’s time to go to someone who will.
Article by Tallis Baker
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