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WORK XMAS PARTIES = NO SINGLE USE PLASTICS

Friday, October 26, 2018 1:59 PM | Lesley Van Staveren (Administrator)

By Owen Waters - FNQ Finance Guy

Who’s excited about the upcoming festive season, never ending Xmas parties rolling into Xmas day and the new year. I love a good Xmas party and that’s not hint for an invite.


If you are a business owner or involved in organising your work Xmas party this year, then why not make it as environmentally responsible as you can by ensuring there are no single use plastics involved. And there are a couple of easy ways you can do this. If you are organising and hosting your own then making the pledge is easy, if you are having it offsite it might prove a little more challenging, but still absolutely doable.

But first what are Single-use or disposable plastics? They are any plastic item which is used only once before it’s thrown away or recycled and includes things like plastic bags, balloons, straws, coffee stirrers, soft drink and water bottles and most food packaging.

So, what can you do to make your Xmas party single use plastic free? Well one easy way is to choose a venue that you know is contributing to the solution. And there are some awesome people and organisations around who are making this easier for all of us such as “The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef”. Check out their website www.thelaststrawonthegbr.org and click on the “Officially Registered Businesses” page for a list of venues who don’t use plastic straws. Of course, when choosing a venue, the other easy way to find out is to ask.

Another easy win is with the good old Secret Santa. Why not ask everyone to make sure that they buy only single use plastics free presents? Sure, it adds an extra layer of fun to that last-minute rush to buy a present for that work colleague you don’t like all that much, but it might actually result in more thoughtful presents.

Simple actions such as only buying items which are not single use plastics and supporting businesses who don’t use single use plastics, is such an easy thing we can all do. The flow on effect is that the more people do this the more economic it becomes for businesses. Simple actions

I wish everyone a fun filled, single use plastic free, Xmas (party).


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