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Office Practices for Plastic-Free July

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Open green backpack with eco-friendly reusables inside. L to R: yellow cotton tote bag, white water bottle, and a set of bamboo cutlery

Earth Month may have come and gone but has your office thought about how to participate in Plastic-Free July?

Eco-conscious businesses know that incorporating sustainable practices isn’t done just one month out of the year - it’s an ongoing process that requires intentionality behind every decision. Encouraging workplace sustainability can be woven into any business's fabric, but it requires some strategic planning.

Plastic-free July can be a simple place to start as it targets a specific area of waste reduction, and practices can be adopted quickly for “easy-wins”. This annual month-long challenge raises awareness of the everyday consumption of plastics and promotes alternatives to single-use products. Many of which apply to daily office operations.

Here are some ideas to advocate for in your workplace this month (and onwards):

Grosche;s frosted white water bottle, with a carry sleeve and bamboo lid

1. Swap out plastic water bottles for reusable bottles or mugs

While it may look great to see a fridge stocked full of water and juices, encourage the office to bring their own reusable bottles or mugs which can be refilled throughout the day from a bulk source.

Grosche water bottles are our top choice as each bottle sold provides 50+ days of safe drinking water to those in need. The Venice Frosted Glass Bottle with Sleeve even comes with a bamboo lid.

2. Switch to compostable coffee pods or biodegradable/reusable tea bags

3 Your Green Kitchen reusable cotton tea bags with bamboo balancing stick

Coffee machines that use coffee pods are an office’s best friend, but the environment’s worst enemy. Luckily, many companies now offer their single-use capsules in biodegradable alternatives. Check out Muskoka Roastery Coffee’s certified 100% compostable coffee pods. Their company actively funds sustainable initiatives within the local community.

Tea drinkers can also avoid microplastics found in many of the standard tea bags by switching to biodegradable or reusable ones. Your Green Kitchen offers a set of 3 reusable cotton tea bags made from organic and sustainably-sourced materials, including a bamboo balancing stick.

Get the Grosche water bottle and reusable tea bags from this On-the-Go gift box.