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Ways to Encourage Your Employees To Use Less Plastic at Work

Single use plastics are all around us. You can find them at theme parks, grocery stores, restaurants, and even at the office.

Trying to limit and reduce the amount of plastic you use in your everyday life may feel daunting. Especially if you run a company. But there are a few ways you can do your part in reducing the amount of waste in your life to help the planet.

Continue reading to learn more about how you can cut down on your use of single use plastics and how to get your employees on board.

What are single use plastics?

A single use plastic product — just like the name suggests — is a product that is used once before it is discarded. While we may not give much thought to an object after we have used it for its intended purpose, this doesn’t mean that it no longer exists after you've used it to eat or drink. Just because it’s out of sight, doesn’t mean it’s vanished off the face of the earth. In fact, that plastic straw or coffee pod will go on to outlive you. It can take around 400 to 1000 years to decompose fully. In the meantime, that single use plastic product will either:

  • get recycled

  • end up in a landfill

  • find its way into the ocean and harm the marine life living there

The last two are more likely than the first. These are worrying facts, but there are definitely ways you can do your part.

Therefore, you might want to consider and implement these next few green guidelines in your life or around the office.

Switch to a commercial water dispenser

A commercial water dispenser can significantly cut down on the number of plastic water bottles used and thrown away at the office. It’s a greener way of keeping your workforce hydrated and happy. The water dispensed from these commercial water dispensers is just as refreshing and pure as bottled water too. The dispenser contains advanced filtration to balance ph levels and boost productivity around the office. So it’s a win-win situation for the earth and your employees.

Use Bamboo Cutlery

Another swap that can help cut down on your use of plastics? Switch to bamboo cutlery in the breakroom. It only takes around six months for bamboo to biodegrade, making it a great alternative.

Reusable Coffee Pods

Some workers can’t get through the day without their cup of joe. You don’t have to ban coffee pods completely. If you love the ease of using a user friendly brewing system, purchase reusable cups for the office instead. These last longer than the single use cups, reducing the amount of waste every morning.


Whether you’re the owner of your own company, or an employee passionate about improving your current place of employment, these are a few ways you can help make the Earth a better place. By making a few changes — such as switching to a commercial water dispenser and cutting down on other single use plastics around the office — you will no doubt make a positive difference in your work environment.

Your employees and the Earth will gladly thank you.

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