08/14/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 11:00
Going without plastic for a month might sound like an easy feat, but once you start realizing all the touch points plastic has in your life you might reconsider. That takeaway coffee cup you picked up on your morning commute? The pre-packaged meat, fish and deli products sold on polystyrene trays? The bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner and bodywash you have lined up in your shower? These all contain plastic - and they have a devastating impact on the environment.
Aligned to our goal to remove single-use plastics in all our offices by 2020, we challenged our employees to join the Plastic Free Julypledge and the results were astonishing.
'Plastic Free July has had a positive impact on the awareness of our people when it comes to buying and consuming single-use plastic items. Although a difficult challenge, it is fantastic to see the level of interest and action in seeking plastic-free solutions in our offices and in our homes,' said Vice President Global Sustainability Zoe Haseman. 'These contributions add up and help in reducing our environmental impact on the planet. I encourage everyone to carry on these behaviors beyond the month of July.'
Below are our employees' top ideas to inspire you to go plastic free year-round.
Sarah Clarke from our Swindon, U.K. office took to the bees for inspiration. Instead of using plastic wrap or cling film to cover food, she suggests using Beeswax Wraps. It's a simple switch that anybody can do in their daily lives and is a compostable alternative to plastic wrap or cling film.
Seeing an opportunity to pay it forward, Suneerbabu Mohammedali from our Doha, Qatar office provided his reusable Jacobs jute bag to the lunch delivery provider who agreed to use the new bag going forward and stop using the single-use plastic bags. This small gesture will remove the use of over 260 plastic bags a month.
Talk about a newsworthy replacement for plastic! Laura Anastassiades in our Swindon, U.K. office shared an alternative to plastic bin bag liners. With a creative newspaper foldingtechnique, you can create your own bin liners.
Thank you for joining us in challenging the way we use plastic today so that we can create a more sustainable tomorrow. To find out more about our PlanBeyond goals visit http://www.jacobs.com/about/sustainability.