Reducing single-use plastics in our workplace

PTF branded metal water bottles

To coincide with Plastic Free July, we are delighted to announce a new step in our Green Initiative: reducing plastic water bottles at work by giving all our staff a durable, washable metal water bottle instead.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. The Plastic Free July initiative was started by The Plastic Free Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2017. Founded in Western Australia, it is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world, with millions of people taking part every year. (They have lots of useful tips and the plastic-free challenge on their website.)

July therefore seemed like a great time to announce a plastic-free initiative of our own; we’ve given every member of the PTF staff a refillable metal water bottle.

No one can fail to be aware of the harm that plastics – particularly single-use plastics – can do to us and the world around us. According to the World Wildlife Fund, every minute, about a truck load of plastic goes into the oceans, sullying beaches, hurting wildlife, and contaminating our food supply.

As part of our Green Initiative, we decided to do something about it. We wanted to encourage our staff to drink enough water every day, as this helps prevent infection, improves awareness and helps you sleep better, amongst many other benefits. But we didn’t want to use water coolers with disposable plastic cups (or wax-coated paper cups, which require specialist treatment to be recycled) or to have the team use single-use plastic bottles. The answer was clear: we would invest in durable, metal bottles, that could be washed and refilled from our newly installed water dispensers.

“The bottles have been well-received by the team,” said Operations Manager, Andy Thornton. “We gave everyone a bottle with their name on and it’s good to see them in use around the building.”

Our Green Initiative has been running for some time now and, amongst other successes, has seen us start to generate some of our own power, recycle over 90% of our business waste and switch to more efficient LED lighting. To read more about the initiative, please click here.

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