Sustainable Business & Recycling

Want to run a business that has minimal negative effect on the local and global environment? Take a look at the following resources:

Better Business:  Better Business is designed and funded to help Oxfordshire businesses become environmentally sustainable.  It addresses the challenge faced by many SME’s who recognise that sustainability has strong commercial advantages but see it as an uphill climb. 

Better Business offers a roadmap in the form of simple actions steps that enable firms to take important steps towards sustainability, from addressing energy use and printed communications to financial investments, recycling and transportation.

Recycle Now:  Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP and used locally by over 90% of English authorities.

Recycle Now: recycling symbols explained – Packaging labels and recycling symbols are now appearing on lots of everyday items, and help us to identify how different types of packaging can be recycled. Is your business recycling correctly?

Recycle Now: recycling at work – Recycling at work is easy to set up and run, it could save your business money and helps to protect the environment.

The UK Plastics Pact: The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing, collaborative initiative that will create a circular economy for plastics. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste. Sign up here.

Sustainable Restaurants Association: Plastic plays a crucial role in the day to day operation of most food service businesses. Right now the sector is facing an unprecedented level of awareness and pressure over its environmental impact. Call it the Attenborough effect, or just a long time coming, but the tide is turning and the public is demanding change when it comes to single-use plastic. Tackling plastic use in your business can be a confusing and frustrating task. With so many types of plastic to cope with, and an ever-increasing number of confusing ‘environmentally friendly’ alternatives coming to market, knowing how and where to start, and what answers are the best answers, is easier said than done.

OxLEP Network Navigator:  Sam Hampton, OxLEP Network Navigator for business resource efficiency.

Wrap: WRAP’s vision is a world in which resources are used sustainably.

WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

The Circular Design Guide: A circular economy means that products no longer have a life cycle with a beginning, middle, and end. Therefore, they contribute less waste and can actually add value to their ecosystem. When materials stop being used, they go back into a useful cycle, hence the circular economy.

Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE): The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) raises funds for environmental projects that benefit the people and wildlife of our county.