In an aim to reduce this environmental concern, every July is National Plastic Free month, challenging people to attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. Here, at Waterlogic, we’ve formulated a simple and easy way to remember to reduce the amount of plastic you use at your workplace. We call it the 5 R Method: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raising Awareness.
In any instances that you might not be able to
recycle then refuse to purchase or consume. Simply avoid using plastic bottles,
plastic bags, straws, cups and plates that cannot be reused over time. Use
long-lasting, glass or paper alternatives. If your office installs a bottleless
water cooler, then you can also enjoy fresh pure water in a way that is far
more sustainable, without the need for any recycling.
Unfortunately, there may always be situations
where you simply cannot avoid buying plastic. In these situations try to reduce
the amount that is used at home and at your business. Use glass bottles of milk
for your coffee, rather than plastic. Purchase a reusable lunch bag/box to
carry around your lunch rather than a plastic bag. You can even store office
items in cardboard boxes, which are much more environmentally friendly. The main focus is reducing the amount of
plastic being discarded.
Reusing more durable containers to store food and
beverages that you can take to work is a great way to reduce how much plastic is
used. Reusable items that are nontoxic
can easily replace plastics. Use things such as Tupperware (plastic or glass)
containers for storing food or reusable canvas bags for shopping. You can even use reusable bottles at work to
fill up at your bottleless water dispenser during your workday.
With less than 1% of plastic being recycled
across the entire Unites States, there is so much we can all do to recycle more
at home and at work. One of the most effective actions you can take at your
office is to implement specific and clearly labelled recycling bins. Making
recycling as easy as possible can be the first step to dramatically increasing
the sustainability of your workplace. This allows you to recycle paper,
cardboard and printer cartridges on a daily basis rather than these items
ending up in landfill or our oceans.
Taking part in the previous four R’s are a great
step into turning your business office and workplace into a more green-friendly
environment. However, the biggest way to completely remove plastic from yours
and other workplaces is to raise awareness of the problem. Informing co-workers,
family and friends how they can help and get involved by implementing the 5 R’s
in their life and help in having a plastic free July.
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