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Staff & customers

Share the message of Plastic Free July by getting your staff and customers on board. The more people who take the challenge, the more of an impact will be made.

What you can do

Encourage staff and customers to participate in Plastic Free July.

How you can do it

Business can become a community leader in Plastic Free July by engaging staff  and customers.

Plastic Free July provides a platform for business to make positive changes and to connect those plastic free choices with the values and aspirations of staff and customers. By sharing solutions to the problems we’re facing, business can engage and inspire others.

A great way of getting people engaged is to ask them what single-use plastics they think are “easy wins”. Together, you can find one plastic free solution at a time to focus on. Some retailers chose Plastic Free July as the moment to switch from offering customers plastic bags to providing them the option to recycle a box. Staff often enjoy challenging each other to switch to reusable water bottles and coffee cups every day.

Incorporating signage into your business is a great way to communicate the issues with customers, and reinforce your company’s values. You can download our posters and resources to get you started.

Taking the next steps

Once you’ve begun to spread the word about Plastic Free July with your customers and staff, the next step is encouraging them to reach out to their networks. You can do this by asking people to share the message on social media, in community groups, and with the local media. Suggest they use the handle @plasticfreejuly so they can feel inspired by the larger community they’re a part of.

You can take the plastic free challenge as a business for a day, a week, a month or even as the start of a permanent change. Success depends upon clear communication with customers about what you’re doing, so they know to bring their own bag, mug, container, etc.

Another great way of facilitating discussion is by hosting a plastic free event or film screening in your business.

The impact

  • Many of your staff and customers will bring these new skills home, encouraging friends and family members to get on board as well. That means impacts will reach beyond your business.

More ideas

What others do

Glass of lemonade, bunch of straws and a plastic juice bottle

To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

Reusable carry bag, keep cups and bamboo cutlery
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