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“Straws suck” and other eco movements your business should be a part of

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“Straws suck” and other eco movements your business should be a part of

Every company has a corporate social responsibility to their community and to their environment. If there is a greener way you could be doing business, you should be doing it. There are so many eco movements that can be applied to every industry and business out there.

It’s not enough anymore to only donate to a good cause and volunteer to a charity or local organisation that is trying to make an environmentally friendly difference to the world. Businesses need to start identifying, within their own processes and products, where they can cut out the harmful practices and start making a difference from within. Otherwise, you’re basically just donating to cover up your own environmental mistakes and that’s not a productive attitude of change to have.

We’re going to look at eco movements that are happening right now, that your business can and should be a part of. There are solutions to many environmental problems but the issue is that people have become too reliant on their shopping, usage and living habits. Businesses need to help those people realise that alternatives can be successful and that they can still have the same user experience. The only difference is that they’re helping to save the planet.

 

Straws suck

If you haven’t noticed by now, there is a “straws suck” movement happening in almost every restaurant and food company at the moment. That might explain the glares you get when you ask for or grab a straw for your drink.  

Plastic is one of the main environmentally harmful substances as it’s a non-biodegradable material. Our oceans, specifically, are suffering from our lack of recycling and reliance on single-use plastic products. Marine life is forced to grow around the plastic that gets stuck around their necks or they die as a result of consuming ridiculous amounts of plastic materials.

The whole “out of sight, out of mind” concept is something we have all become too comfortable with. And the reality is that it’s impossible for our single-use plastic waste to be out if sight anymore. Our plastic waste is stretching over sections of Bali’s waters, around the corner from the crystal-clear-water tourist attractions.

And the reason why we are focussing specifically on straws is that more than 1 billion plastic straws are used (over a couple of minutes) and then thrown out (to be “recycled” and damage the environment for years) every single day. And while there are other single-use plastic items that might be more difficult to replace, plastic straws certainly aren’t one of them.

You don’t need a straw to drink out of a glass, can or bottle. And you definitely don’t need a new straw for every drink you order at a restaurant. Invest in reusable metal straws or environmentally friendly bamboo or paper straws.

If you’re in the hospitality industry, it’s time to say no to single-use plastic and replace those with eco-friendly materials. If there was ever a time to be in the business of saving the planet, now would be the time to apply for a business loan, use a business loan calculator to work out the total cost and start manufacturing replacements for plastic products while making a profit in the process. It’s a win-win.  

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

On the topic of reducing waste, reusing and recycling materials, every business should have a recycling project in place. This could be in the form of a designated recycling bin in the kitchen, offering fabric shopper bags to use when buying office supplies and groceries for internal events, or reshuffle your business finances to pay for those large recycling bins for all the different recycling materials (or those associated with your industry).

If your company gets involved with recycling by becoming a drop-off recycling zone for the public as well, you can even make some extra money from it. The more recycling areas are available for people to drop their bottles off after the weekend, the more materials can be recycled and reused instead of dumped and pumped into the ocean. And you would be the company making a difference in the local community which is the type of brand reputation you want to have behind your name.

 

Plant and save a tree

Another eco-initiative that all businesses can get involved in is by planting and saving trees. It’s an effective way to build the environment, clean the air and make your building grounds beautiful. When you consider your business finance again, set aside a small percentage of your profits to go towards planting a tree or a two. In fact, you should choose to set aside a percentage of your profits every month to go towards implementing an environmentally friendly process within the office.

One process, which is how your company could save a tree, is by taking all your processes online to become a paperless office. There are great programmes and applications that can help your business be better without using or wasting paper. And while the initial cost may be hard on your business finances, you’ll be saving money (and trees) in the long term.

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