Becoming a More Eco-Friendly Office: No Disposable Plastic Cups at CSnotepad

Monday, April 16th, 2018

plastic water cup

There’s been no shortage of press about the impact of plastics on our environment since the incredible Blue Planet 2. With awareness building, this year large supermarkets have been pledging to cut their plastic waste. But at CSnotepad Virtual Receptionists we’re not just sitting back and waiting for the big companies to make their changes, we recognise that changing the plastic consumption of our country is the responsibility of us all.

Big changes in plastic use by big companies takes time due to alternatives needing to be found before real progress can be made, for example, frozen food retailer Iceland will aim to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023. We feel that small changes that are easy to put in place, if made by enough businesses, can have an impact right now!

BusinessWaste.co.uk has found that the average worker, across office, manufacturing and retail sectors will on average use two plastic cups every working day. This works out (subtracting weekends, sickness and holidays) at approximately 400 plastic cups per year per person!

From May we will no longer be providing our staff with disposable plastic cups at our water machine. We’ve asked them to bring in their own mug, cup, refillable bottle or flask. We have a kitchen area where they can wash it up, so there really is no reason not to make the change!

By simply bringing in their own cup, we’re proud that our staff are helping us to eliminate around 400 plastic cups per staff member per year – that’s a heck of a lot of plastic!

Just this week Waitrose have promised that their stores will be free from disposable cups by the end of the year.


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