“When Angelina made me aware of the campaign (see link here), I jumped at the chance to take part! We have both already been actively encouraging everyone in our offices to refuse plastic straws and to avoid using single use plastics – some are more willing than others! We invited them all to join us for Plastic Free July and to start with we had a great response; although for some, their efforts fizzled out a bit towards the end of the month.
The toughest challenge for the office I think was at lunchtimes. We’ve been taking our own reusable containers to local sandwich bars and cafes and asking them to use those instead. Most businesses were happy to do that. It obviously not as convenient but that’s the whole point of the exercise, we need to change the way society relies on convenient disposables. Most places use polystyrene or plastic boxes, and nearly all provide plastic forks and spoons. I’ve spotted the odd cardboard box but those are pretty rare. There’s obviously a cost factor, and I can’t blame a small business for doing what they can to keep costs down, but I hope our efforts of the past month will have had some effect. I think the catering industry suppliers need to be making changes and providing cost effective alternatives.“
“In the office itself we have seen almost no plastic water bottles, which previously used to be spotted daily on the desks! Our staff have beeen far from been dehydrated however, with more people consciously filling glasses from our water dispensers (we got rid of disposable plastic cups many months ago!). We’ve also sourced a new supplier for our daily milk deliveries to make sure we receive glass bottles. This will remain in place. In the bathrooms we switched to bars of soap instead of plastic bottles of hand soap. That didn’t go down too well to begin with, as some people believe there’s a hygiene issue, but they seem to have accepted it now. We also hope to continue using these bars.We took lots of advice from https://myplasticfreelife.com”