Green is the new black when it comes to sustainable offices and green office practices in the workplace. This will be achieved in myriad ways, but the reliance on plastic presents easy gains for meaningful environmental change.

We spend around 30% of our lives at work. This means that, if we are going to take meaningful strides towards a greener future, we need to examine our workplace behaviour and identify green ideas for the office. From energy and water usage to revised paper and printing practices, there are countless ways to make environmentally friendly changes.

While anti-plastic activism is usually directed at individuals, plastic use at work is equally important in driving change. We all have an ethical responsibility to make future-focused consumer decisions and our green approach needs to extend to where we work to be truly effective.

Stop using single-use plastic in the office

Our workplace habits usually include the convenience of takeaway meals and grab-on-the-go coffees – which usually means a load of single-use plastic. Try out the following quick and simple tips to reduce single-use plastic usage:

Think about how you drink

Encourage staff and colleagues to bring reusable cups, thermoses, and water bottles rather than using drink-and-ditch single-use plastic varieties.

Be strawsome

If you have an internal canteen, encourage the use of compostable straws for drinks.

You are how you eat

Plastic utensils are extremely damaging for the environment. They are currently under government scrutiny and it seems inevitable that plastic cutlery and tableware will be banned in the near future. Encourage your canteen to make the shift to compostable cutlery packs – or carry your own.

Change begins in your bin

Some offices have bins at every employee’s desk. The American company, Etsy decided to dump their individual rubbish bins and immediately saw an increase in recycling rates and reduced waste by utilising central trash cans instead.

At first, Etsy’s employees were annoyed with the company’s new policy and did not want to have to get up from their desks every time they wanted to throw something away. However, after a while, they got used to it and quickly noticed the benefits. Etsy’s recycling rate increased by 20%, and waste decreased by 18%.

Moreover, employees noticed an increase in social interactions as these central waste stations started to serve a similar social function to traditional water coolers.

Additionally, think about how much unnecessary plastic bag waste is created in the name of a clear bin. The implementation of the plastic bag levy in the UK successfully saw a reduction in the use of single-use plastic carrier bags. However, it also saw an 11.3% increase in the number of plastic bin liners bought over this period – a total of 90 million packs.

The best environmentally friendly solution is to switch from single-use bin liners to Bonnie Bio’s compostable bin bags in different sizes for your office’s different waste bins. Made from 100% natural materials, they decompose into water, biomass, and carbon dioxide – a renewable option that is the ideal alternative to single-use plastics.

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 Why is it Important to Create a Sustainable Office?

GOING GREEN IN THE OFFICE IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS

In a recent report, Deloitte has reported that avoiding single-use plastics is the most common way consumers show their commitment to sustainability. Almost a third of consumers have stopped purchasing from certain brands owing to sustainability concerns. Undoubtedly, consumers are becoming increasingly interested in supporting businesses that exhibit a commitment to green office practices – and plastic and waste reduction are at the forefront of these considerations. In turn, this means that creating an environmentally friendly office affects consumer perception and so profitability. In the business-to-business context, an eco-friendly profile could even have a bearing on your suitability for contracts and opportunities.

ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY OFFICES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR STAFF

With trends moving towards green initiatives at home, these ideals are important to an
increasing number of people within the workplace too. With the potential to attract talent, win business, and boost employee morale and retention, green offices have myriad internal benefits for businesses too.

 

Create a Sustainable Office with Bonnie Bio?

Bonnie Bio’s products are made from PLA, which is both biodegradable and compostable. This incredible material is natural and renewable, with the durability and flexibility of plastic. It is the effect on the environment that marks the difference. Some plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, leaving microplastics in their wake. Bonnie Bio’s PLA home compostable products will decompose in three to six months depending on moisture, oxygen, and temperature. Go green at the office – and find out how to go green at home – with Bonnie Bio UK.

Why Bonnie Bio is different

When our products break down, they break down consistently with other natural materials. At Bonnie Bio, we’re proud to say that our bio-based internationally certified compostable and biodegradable plastic alternatives have been manufactured to comply with international standards.

To shop our range of certified compostable and biodegradable products, visit Bonnie Bio UK today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make my office eco-friendly?

Reducing plastic usage in the office is an easy and effective way to create more eco-friendly offices. You can also look at going paperless, reducing energy consumption, and incentivising green practices.

What can businesses use instead of plastic?

Compostable plastic alternatives are a top green solution for businesses looking to eliminate plastic. The impact of compostable products has environmental benefits over degradable and recyclable varieties.

What are the characteristics of a green office?

Green offices are resource-efficient, make use of renewables where possible, work towards good air quality. Most importantly, they are committed to reducing waste and pollution through use of ethical, non-toxic, and sustainable materials.

What alternatives can be used instead of plastic for food packaging?

A number of environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic exist for the food industry including compostable cling wrap, compostable catering gloves, compostable cutlery, and compostable straws.