The pressure is on businesses to respond to the grave concerns that have perhaps, become more prevalent in recent months, regarding plastic waste and the devastating effect this is having on our oceans. Here at Beyond Bespoke HQ, we are joining other local businesses in an effort to beat the plastic problem and ultimately, be more sustainable in what we do.
“There is a real problem when one year you can take your fish home in a plastic bag, and the next year you take that plastic bag home in your fish.” – Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, speaking at the EU’s Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, March 2017.
Whilst we've heard what those larger supermarket and coffee chains are doing to reduce their plastic waste, it's also important not to ignore how local businesses have responded, and in turn, how others can follow suit. We've taken a look at some of the 'green' actions taken by businesses in Dorset; home to BB HQ.
An independent health foods store in Blandford Forum, Cariad Wholefoods completely embodies an environmentally friendly ethos. Not only do they source fresh and organic produce, but they are really passionate about reducing their waste, and in particular, plastic waste. They encourage customers to bring their own containers to refill with produce, or even use one of the store's recycled jars free of charge. All customers at Cariad Wholefoods will encounter reusable bamboo coffee cups, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable straws, plastic free cotton buds and cotton shopping bags.
Dorset Cereals, a team of 130 cereal makers based only a 40 minute drive from BB HQ in Poundbury, Dorset, make a conscious effort to embody an environmentally friendly ethos in everything they do. Not only do they transport all of their food waste to a local biogas plant, but they seek to 'recycle everything they can.' They adopt the use of recyclable paper packaging where possible. They are one of few local businesses that have joined the UK Plastic Pact which aims to completely transform plastic use by 2023.
Based in Poole, Dorset, the food packaging company Faerch Plast is also a member of the aforementioned pioneering pact that seeks to make all plastic packaging reusable and recyclable. They are one of many businesses that are working towards 70% of plastic packaging being recycled.
Only last month, the campaign group, Litter Free Coast and Sea pursued a massive Great Dorset Beach Clean, which served to reiterate that much of the waste polluting our beaches is food and drink packaging. This has served to further highlight the need to reduce single-use plastics, or even better, seek to eradicate its use altogether. At BB HQ, we have become far more conscious about the team's plastic waste, and with our Beyond Bespoke stainless steel Bottles and the office water cooler at hand, we have significantly reduced this.
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Top plastic tips for the office:
Reusable coffee cups- every year, 100 billion disposable coffee cups end up in landfill. Our BB bottles which ensure your hot drinks maintain their temperature, will ensure that you are not contributing to this catastrophic statistic.
Reusable water bottles- Here at BB HQ, we are constantly refilling our BB Bottles with water. As a result of this bottle's versatility, you can be sure that those cold drinks will stay cool, too.
Biodegradable coffee pods- the perfect solution for coffee lovers!
Written by Abbie Coombes.