In recent years, the focus on protecting the environment and leading a more sustainable lifestyle (both personally and professionally) has become more apparent. It’s not uncommon to see daily news stories commenting on environmental issues, from oil spills to weather disasters and everything in between. As the negative impact humans are having on the planet becomes more apparent, we are becoming more environmentally aware in all areas of our life, and it’s no surprise that much of the newest entrants to the workplace, Generation Z (those born between 1995 and 2010), expect their employers to take action to protect the environment. Recent research has shown that the current generation of young people entering the workforce are even more environmentally conscious than the Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) that preceded them.
A particularly hot topic at the moment is the use of single use plastics. A recently proposed ban on single-use plastics by the European Union is expected to help avoid over 3 million tonnes of carbon emissions and save consumers billions of pounds, as well as preventing environmental damage. A recent survey found that 80% of Generation Z think that tackling the use of single-use plastics is more of an important goal for their employers than reducing electricity and water consumption or reducing greenhouse gases.
But what can we actually do to help reduce the amount of single-use plastics? Read on to find out.