BRITA’s 2-day plastic challenge
BRITA is encouraging people to go plastic-free for two days this month, as it teams up with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for the fourth year running to support its plastic challenge to avoid single-use items for July.
Anyone signing up for BRITA’s easier two-day plastic-free option can received a starter pack, full of helpful suggestions on how to avoid single-use-plastics.
Coffee Business World editor Kate Oppenheim, is taking up BRITA’s call-to-action for 48-hours next week – July 16-17.
“We’ll be posting our successes and failures on Twitter, so please follow us @coffeeandkate2 and @Coffeebizworld.”
BRITA said: “With between 5-15 million tonnes of plastic currently ending up in our oceans each year, it’s time to take drastic action.”
‘Cost’ is barrier to going green
Last month, BRITA revealed that while 85% of hospitality business would consider themselves sustainable, almost half don’t have specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) targets in place.
In new research from BRITA Professional, ‘Life is Better Filtered; The planet around you’, cost was cited by 40% of hospitality businesses as the biggest barrier to sustainability, alongside rising business rates, the fallout of Brexit and staff shortages.
“Despite these barriers, operators are making steps to improve their green credentials, including 57% of businesses aiming to ban plastic straws and 25% offering discounts to consumers with refill coffee cups or water bottles,” said BRITA.
“Quick wins, such as aligning with sustainable suppliers, which not only provide sustainable products but also have their own environmental programmes in place, will also help support CSR objectives and make long-term improvements. Strong sustainability credentials can also be used as a tool to address challenges such as staff shortages; research shows two-thirds of millennials would refuse a job if a potential employer failed to have robust CSR practices in place,
Sarah Taylor, managing director of BRITA UK, said; “It is positive to see how committed the hospitality sector is to adopting more sustainable practices. We understand the pressures in the industry and the challenges which can occur on the journey to becoming more sustainable. At BRITA, this is something we’re passionate about within our own business and have developed a dedicated ‘green team’ who promote our 100% recyclable filter cartridges and oversee initiatives like a zero to landfill policy and reducing carbon emissions.
“Supporting hospitality businesses to implement simple, cost-effective measures in their sustainability drive is more essential than ever. Our aim is to work in partnership with the sector, particularly in the fight to reduce single-use plastic, to continue to tackle sustainability issues head on.”