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How To Get Rid Of Single-Use Plastics Once And For All

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Thanks to its endless adaptability, plastic has found its way into every facet of our lives, from the miraculous stents used in heart surgery, to the radiation-protecting helmets of astronauts. However, it’s our excessive use of everyday plastic that’s causing trouble for the environment.

One notable culprit? Our dependence on single-use plastics: the ever-present plastic straws, utensils, cups, and packaging. The average office can become a depot for these convenient products.

But they can be dramatically reduced with just a few simple steps. To cut through the sea of single-use plastics at your facility, check out our definitive guide below. 

1. Reduce your Single-use Plastics

The most effective way to tackle your plastic use at work is to do a thorough waste audit, This helps you identify common habits that can be better managed. For example, if there is a lot of single-use plastic bottles in disposal, then work on improving water access around the office with water coolers and reusable glasses, mugs and bottles.

An eco-conscious cleaning provider can also dramatically cut your environmental footprint by implementing sustainable cleaning practices and sourcing supplies that cut down on waste.

2. Replace with eco-friendly alternatives

Thanks to their convenience, the appeal of single use items endures. But one can cut down on the plastic footprint by replacing standard products with biodegradable and renewable plant-based alternatives.

As more cities also implement plastic straw bans, alternatives made from paper and bamboo have become popular. Other common alternatives include:

  • Bamboo
  • Bulrush
  • Palm Tree
  • Sugarcane
  • Cornstarch

3. Recycle everything

Even with the best efforts, there will be times when you do have plastic waste in the office. So maintaining an active recycling program proves crucial for that final lap. Make sure your recycling receptacles are readily accessible for participants to encourage regular use. To improve recyclability:

  • Provide separate receptacles dedicated just to plastics.
  • Display educational materials guiding users on what items are appropriate.

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