This year we are proud to be sponsoring the re-usable beer cups at Shropshire Festivals’ events. They will help to reduce the number of disposable plastic beer cups used at their festivals.

With thousands of people about to descend on Shrewsbury’s Quarry for Shropshire Oktoberfest, we know our cups will save a huge amount of single use plastic from being used.

The re-usable cups were used at last month’s Shrewsbury Food Festival, alongside the Shrewsbury Cup coffee cups. Together they helped save the use of 8,500 disposable bar cups and 2,500 single use coffee cups, which is brilliant!

Every year 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced across the globe, half of which is single-use. More needs to be done to reduce this colossal figure.

There are a few easy wins to reduce plastic in our workplaces.

Water bottles

Nationwide we use 7.7 billion plastic bottles per year. That’s an average of 117 bottles per person, per year. If we all brought reusable water bottles to work or had glasses available to wash and re-use, we could save millions of plastic bottles daily. It’s cheaper than buying bottles of water too!

Drinking Tap Water

Our tap water is safe to drink yet most offices use plastic water coolers because they prefer filtered, cooled water. Instead why not have a filtered water tap installed in the kitchen. No more big plastic water cooler bottles and no one needs to remember to re-fill them!

Proper Crockery

Stock up your work kitchen with plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses and mugs. That way there’s no need for your team to pick up plastic cutlery with their lunches or use disposable plates in the staff canteen.

Shrewsbury Cup

This brilliant local reusable cup scheme has reduced a huge amount of waste around town. It’s great to see so many cafés adopting the scheme so customers can pick one up or swap theirs for a fresh one, when buying their daily brew.

Ask your employer to buy in a box so that everyone can have one, so when they’re picking up a coffee on the way in to work they aren’t using one that will end up in the bin. Even if disposable cups are made of cardboard, the lids are usually still made of plastic.

Bringing in your own lunch

Even if you can’t do it every day, brining in lunch from home more often will cut down on your single use plastic waste as meal deals and lunch takeaways are usually packaged in plastic. It will save you some pennies too!

Boot covers

If your workplace uses disposable boot covers, why not ask your employer to invest in reusable ones.

Good luck waging a war on your office plastic waste!