In this day and age, trying to reduce plastic use is crucial, as we try our best the save and protect the environment.
To help, we’ve put together some top tips to reduce your plastic consumption in and around the workplace.
Buy stationary with plastic-free packaging.
One of the best places to start is to have a think about what your workplace purchases regularly. We often find that stationary, for example, can be heavily packaged with various plastic materials. You should ask your suppliers if they would consider changing the packaging to a plastic free alternative. If they won’t, consider changing suppliers, and make it clear that there is a purpose behind doing so.
Recycle more efficiently
Many workplaces have separate recycling bins for paper, but few have similar ones for their plastics. Often this is because it’s unclear what the local council will or will not recycle. Sometimes it’s because recycling companies charge considerable amounts to collect recyclables. If your local council accepts recycling and your local rubbish tip, see whether you can arrange a rota for volunteers to take a bag of plastics to be recycled.
Plastic use in self storage
Does your business rent a storage unit for old documents or office supplies?> Here’s a few things to be aware of:
- Don’t use plastic boxes for all your documents and paperwork. Plastic boxes are known to sweat when they are put in storage, they could end up doing more harm than good for your archive documents. We suggest using specific cardboard archive boxes for all your important documents.
- Archive storage boxes are designed specifically to be kept in a storage unit, so you can guarantee they won’t sweat, and all of your paperwork will be kept in the same condition they are put in.
- As well, the cardboard archive boxes are better for the environment when you come to recycle them.
- If you’re using your storage for other office items that you no longer are in use for, make sure to avoid using the disposable plastic bags. It’s well advertised how bad they are for the environment, so make sure you are doing your bit, and use the long life plastic bags instead for all the items you put in storage.
- Another thing that you might want to do when putting some old office supplies in storage is to use old newspapers to keep the valuable items well protected.
If you would like any more storage advice, or think your business needs a safe and secure self storage option, then get in touch with one of our storage experts today.