Choose.Reuse. is a behaviour change toolkit for some of the most visible problem waste items: disposable coffee cups, takeaway containers, straws and plastic bags. It contains a suite of communications and tracking materials which any business can use within its office to encourage staff to take reusable cups, containers and bags when heading out to lunch or for some shopping. It’s designed to make wasteful single use plastics and packaging a last-resort option.
Coffee cups in particular are one of the most accessible and frequent decision points for a large number of office staff and our society more generally, with three billion takeaway cups used in Australia every year. While there are some options for recycling in the market depending on location and contractor, research shows that the majority of cups end up in landfill, with and they contaminate recycling streams.
Likewise, food containers, straws and plastic bags are now clogging our oceans and are critically harming sea animals. Great facilities and best practice waste streams in your office are largely pointless if your staff don’t know what should go in the recycling bin versus the rubbish bin, or think about what they consume and throw away.
This campaign challenges everyone to Choose.Reuse. Measure your office’s current cup, container, straw and bag waste using our simple Waste Assessment tool, set a goal, download the toolkit and start the Choose.Reuse. campaign.
If you'd like help running Choose.Reuse. just get in touch with your local program manager here.