World Environment Day at Facebook
#BeatPlasticPollution went viral on June 5th, a day recognised globally as World Environment Day.
Plastic reports captured journalist’s attention around the world – from BBC News to Xinhua. Pledges to tackle plastic pollution flooded the Internet and even the Government of India made an astonishing commitment, to ban all single-use plastics by 2022. Pollution conversations were top-trending on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms and thousands of you got outside and did something for the environment.
Ocean Generation spent the afternoon at Facebook London for an insightful discussion on how to reduce plastic consumption and what businesses can do internally to reduce plastics in their office. Our founder, Daisy Kendrick joined influencer with purpose, Zana Van Dijk, Will McCallum head of Oceans at Green Peace and author of How To Eliminated Plastics, and Sam Oakley from Lad Bible and brain behind the Trash Isles campaign.
Panellists brought their own unique experiences with environmentalism to address the #Beatplasticpollution movement and address any questions from Facebook employees about the costs associated with going green and tips and tricks to be ahead of the curve.
We are delighted to say that on World Environment Day, Facebook gave every employee a reusable water bottle in an effort to stop the ‘grab and go’ plastic water bottle culture that currently exists at the office.
There are so many small changes corporate offices can make to go green and we look forward to seeing Facebook on its sustainable transition.
Here are 5 easy tips your company can adopt today to reduce its environmental impact:
1. Use both sides of paper. When printing or using a photocopier its very simple to change the settings to print on both sides of the page. This will reduce your overall paper consumption by 50%!
2. Invest in good quality bins and label them well. Having clear labels will show your staff what rubbish should be put in which bin, this will really help your recycling effort.
3. Make your staff waste aware and encourage them to use reusable cups, coffee mugs and water bottles. This will reduce waste dramatically.
4. Store all office files digitally.
5. Set up a staff ‘swap day’ for things that may be sitting at home unused. This not only promotes up-cycling but its also good for team morale!
Share your green office tips with us on social media by tagging @oceangeneration !