6 Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic
Reducing single-use plastics across your businesses can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. Our seven step protocol makes it easy!
Measure your current consumption – do a stock take or look at order records from previous years to get this information. You can’t manage what you don’t measure
Identify which items you consume most. Of these items, which are the highest cost to the business, which generate the most non-recyclable waste, which are you using out of habit, are any of these easy to eliminate or replace?
Engage staff – reducing or eliminating single-use plastics may require changes to standard operating procedures. Call a meeting with key staff to discuss the impacts and get the team on board.
Develop communications for guests – when they understand WHY and how your business is making a change they are much more likely to support it!
Implement the changes and track feedback. Trial a solution first if you are unsure of how it will be received, collect feedback from staff and customers and make adjustments accordingly. Importantly, don’t give up at the first hurdle, all changes can take time to embed.
Measure the impact of your changes by comparing the data you collected in step 1 with current figures. You will make more impact by eliminating unnecessary products or by switching to reusable alternatives than by swapping single-use plastic for other single-use materials.
Travel Without Plastic Toolkit
You can download the full Travel Without Plastic Toolkit which includes the ‘Let’s Reduce Single-Use Guide’ together with other useful resources to easily measure cost and consumption, to train and engage staff and to communicate to guests.