Steve Malkin, Founder of The Planet Mark™ – a globally recognised sustainability certification – comments on the Government’s announcement that they will launch a consultation on banning single use plastic products later this year
The recent Government announcement of an upcoming consultation banning a number of single use plastic products demonstrates the urgency of action required to protect our environment. There are many businesses that will be feeling alarmed at the pace of events. For them it is a pivotal time to respond to the risk that this may pose to their business. To make this news digestible, The Planet Mark™ has published a free advice guide providing guidance which will allow businesses to begin tackling their plastic pollution.
Following on from Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s announcement earlier this month to introduce a national deposit return scheme for single-use plastic and glass bottles and cans, the news is further welcome evidence the Government is getting serious about cleaning up the UK and our planet to address our ‘throw away’ culture.
Many businesses may have not yet considered their downstream impacts and are right to feel at real risk. Organisations that have seen this coming and taken responsibility for their impacts are likely to be better prepared. And those who have taken leadership roles to innovate or change their business models, their time is now because they will grow market share offering more sustainable products and services.
For those businesses that are concerned about their preparedness for these sweeping changes help is at hand. Whatever the size or sector, businesses need to know that, within weeks, they can not only have a better understanding of their impacts but can start a programme of improvements that will enable them to make positive contributions to society and the environment.
The Planet Mark™ works with companies of all sizes helping them to address sustainability issues – engaging their employees, customers and suppliers to solve them. These organisations are seeing the business benefit in terms of cost saving, new business, staff retention and business resilience.
If you are concerned about your business, our strong recommendation is to start measuring your impacts. A carbon footprint sweeps up a range of impacts that you can measure, monitor and then set improvement targets against. It includes plastic, waste and recycling as well as the energy, resource and water you procure and consume. It is the ideal way to get started and every business should be doing it as a matter of urgency.
We have published a range of free advice and guidance this week to help business tackle their plastic pollution and reduce their waste. You can view it here.”