Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?
The Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and even at your local café.
Our movement has inspired over 120 million participants in 177 countries.
You are making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities.
You can choose to refuse single-use plastics in July (and beyond!).
Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternatives that can become new habits forever.
In the foodservice industry, there is a move away from single-use plastic cutlery, cups, takeaway containers, and more. With a few tweaks, you could avoid plastic altogether.
What can you do? Avoid single-use plastic products when serving food.
How you can do it?
To get an idea of just how much single-use plastic you’re using in your business, consider conducting a stock room or bin audit.
This will help you to create an inventory of the disposable plastic items currently entering your business, things like milkshake cups, coffee cups, plastic plates, knives, forks.
Many businesses switch from single-use items when they realize just how much money is wasted on buying these kinds of products. Once you have established what products you want to avoid, have a chat with your suppliers. Ask them if they have alternatives, and consider the packaging they currently send their products in.
From there, start small with your changes.
Pick one thing that you can choose to refuse, and substitute it with an alternative
Some options include:
- Swap single-use condiments for large bottles that can be refilled (eg soy sauce, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, butter, jam, vinegar, salt, and pepper).
- Swap plastic cutlery for reusable metal ones or consider renewable or compostable cutlery for takeaway dining. o Swap plastic plates for ceramic.
- Encourage customers to bring their own container when ordering takeaway. o Encourage customers to bring back cup holders for reuse.
- Offer filtered water in glasses instead of plastic water bottles.
Taking the next steps
There’s an entire community of businesses choosing to go plastic free, which you can tap into.
Reusable cup systems are growing fast, where customers can borrow and bring back a coffee cup to multiple businesses within a network. It’s common now to have a policy where single-use plastic items are only given to customers when they request it.
This can be particularly helpful with products like plastic straws, where some people need for them for accessibility reasons.
A little bit of creativity can go a long way.
Glass jars, with incentives for returning them, can be a great alternative to disposable take away cups.
When you're finding alternatives to single-use plastic, the most sustainable outcomes are achieved by switching to reusable alternatives rather than single-use paper or compostable packaging.
• Single-use plastics make up 40% of the plastic produced globally. Products used for food service are a large contributor to this, so it’s an area that can make a significant impact.
• Demonstrating your values to your customers is good for business and can have huge impacts on the environment.
Foodservice businesses reach hundreds of people – the more people who are aware of the issue and the solutions, the more impact will be made.
Great Tip - Takeaway coffee cups
- Most coffee cups aren’t recycled. By bringing your own reusable coffee cup, or taking the time to dine in at your favorite café, you can make a huge difference.
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