Reducing the negative impact of the food and drink we consume in the workplace also means eating and drinking it in a way that minimises single-use disposables. Providing staff with ample reusable cups and mugs, and removing disposable alternatives, is a simple first step to combating plastic waste.
Remove water coolers—replacing them with chilled glass bottles or jugs of tap water reduces packaging and costs.
If your colleagues often grab a coffee on their way into work, encourage them to buy a non-plastic reusable cup. Many coffee outlets offer a discount for customers who bring their own cup.
Meetings and events can generate a huge amount of single-use paper and plastic waste. Consider hiring crockery and cutlery, or investing in a set to reuse.