If you have ever started a diet, or told yourself you are never eating sugar or chocolate again, you will know how tough it can be and how all you think about is the forbidden items.
This can be the same, if you try to make changes to your lifestyle for the environment, like going vegan or plastic-free. In this blog, we will unpack the psychological factors at work and how undertaking a month challenge like Veganuary or Plastic Free July can achieve long-term behaviour change. Read on for the psychological drivers that influence our behaviours.
By Livvy Drake
If you want to learn more about waste processing systems, where different materials go and how to improve your recycling, watch the Waste 101 - Waste and Recycling Mastermind.
Filmed with a live audience this resolves the confusion around waste and recycling, identifies how you can manage your bins better and engage people with behaviour change techniques.
The content was prepared to be relevant for businesses, events and individuals who want to geek out on waste, plastics and ‘do the right’ thing.
If you are missing a summer event or festival, then this nostalgic post talks about the rubbish side of events- waste management!
Read on to find out, how audiences react to bin set-ups and what it means for waste and recycling outcomes. This is helpful if you run events and want to improve your waste management systems and recycling rates.
With the increase in PPE usage around the world, latex gloves and single-use masks are now the latest form of plastic littering. So we investigate if plastic-free or plant-based PPE is the solution to plastic pollution, and what questions you should ask when you see a new product on the market.
by Livvy Drake
When you think about making an event sustainable, does your mind start to whizz: waste, travel, water, plastic - where do you even begin? What do you prioritise? What sustainable materials do you choose when they cost so much more?
This can be pretty overhelming when you also have to get your event live, sell tickets and keep your clients happy. Read on for three tips for reducing sustainable event overwhelm.
Would you like to donate money to COVID-19 charities but watching the pennies? Or grow trees while concentrating better? Here are 3 great apps, Livvy recommends for lockdown working that support charities, tree planting and your mental health.
Is flight shame a conversation that is happening in your workplace, or something you are experiencing but with your current holiday allowance you aren't sure how to address this without advocating "staycations" this year, which you know won't appeal to everyone? Read on for a solution that has benefits for both employee and employer and some reality checks on overland travel objections, all without the need to guilt-trip anyone.
Wondering how to encourage people to recycle better at work or to change people’s habits for using single-use takeaway packaging every lunchtime? Here is a quick insight into some behaviour change principles, summed up in a simple acronym. EAST that you can use for workplace behaviour change.
So before you send another angry email about the recycling contamination or invest in thousands of reusable coffee cups, read this.
Planning a work party and wondering what to drink? Or perhaps climate breakdown has got too much and you need something to take the edge off it! If you feel like having a drink without having an ethical shopping crisis then check out these brands who have developed plastic-free packaging and reducing the environmental impacts of their products.
Read to the bottom for our tips on choosing the office party booze. Cheers!
Embarking on a sustainability journey can be a steep learning curve in industry lingo, concepts and processes that may be unfamiliar to you. Plus there can be some uncomfortable lessons in navigating greenwash.
This is exactly why we set up the Sustainable Sidekicks online learning platform to make adopting environmental business processes and practices accessible and easy.
If you work in procurement and your business is looking to reduce plastics, it may fall on you to take action. So here are some tips on tackling plastics in the supply chain.
What’s in your bin? In order to understand what your biggest waste issues are, the first thing to do is a waste audit. This will let you know the volumes of items and what is in the wrong place e.g. coffee cups in the paper recycling.
What can other businesses learn from the zero waste shop model? We take a look at Zero Green in Bristol for some ideas.
For your zero waste week, why not have some fun in the office and set some challenges to reduce waste.
A week long challenge encourages people try things out. At the end of the week you can look at what people are happy to keep working on or developing.
If you are wondering if compostable or bio plastics are the right thing for your business, or if you should accept them at the lunchtime takeaway counter then read on!