There has been a marked shift in attitudes towards sustainability, particularly around packaging and waste, but also across other areas such as transport and energy usage.
We’ve put together a directory of charities and organisations that can help you reduce your business’s impact on the environment.
If you know of any other sustainable suppliers or schemes, or have further ideas and advice, please let us know so we can share it with all our partners.
The focus on environmental impact translates into choices around travel, leisure and tourism. According to booking.com’s 2019 Sustainable Travel Report, over half (55%) of global travellers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago.
It also makes business sense to invest in and highlight your business’s sustainable credentials. 70% of global travellers say they would be more likely to book accommodation knowing it was eco-friendly, whether they were looking for a sustainable stay or not.Read The Booking.com Sustainable Travel Report (2019)
A grassroots movement that has grown into one of the UK’s most active and successful environmental charities.
The UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.
The UK Parliament has published a research brief on compostable food packagin which you can read here.
The great work that’s already been established in Cardiff around sustainable packaging is highlighted in Vegware’s case study on the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race stopover:
WRAP Cymru provides Wales-specific support on behalf of the Welsh Government, including resource management, re-use sectors, and the Recycle for Wales campaign.
Food wastage is a big concern. The cost of wasted food in the UK from the hospitality and food service (HaFS) sector was estimated at £2.9 billion in 2015. Research by WRAP and The World Resources Institute found a strong business case for reducing food loss and waste, with the average business able to achieve a 14:1 positive return on investment. WRAP can help you contribute to reducing total industry waste and reducing your own organisation’s costs.
On behalf of the Welsh Government, WRAP Cymru is inviting businesses in Wales to submit applications for funding from the £6.5m Circular Economy Fund. The aim is to accelerate Wales’s shift towards a circular economy by increasing demand for recycled materials, keeping resources in circulation instead of being incinerated or sent to landfill, and supporting the growth of businesses operating in Wales.
The Wales Clean Seas Partnership aims to coordinate action across communities, business and the public sector, and is working to implement the first Marine Litter Action Plan for Wales.
It is also proudly part of the UN’s #CleanSeas campaign, which is transforming habits, practices, standards, and policies around the globe to reduce marine litter and the harm it causes.
If you’re looking for support with resource efficiency, legal compliance, and environmental management systems, Business Wales could be a good starting point. To find out more about how Business Wales can help start or develop your business, call 03000 6 03000, follow them on twitter @_businesswales & @_busnescymru or visit their website
Through its range of internationally-accredited awards, Keep Wales Tidy sets the standards for parks, beaches, marinas and tourism in Wales, as well as being policy and research experts. Other services offered include paper shredding, event waste management, and green space management.
Check out Keeping Cardiff Moving for information on travel around the city. There’s even a carbon calculator to compare the impact of different transport options (requires registration).
This local group offers eco event management, green team building, and sustainable consultancy, including recycling, food waste and energy usage.
Food Cardiff is a partnership of organisations committed to promoting ethical, healthy and sustainable food in the city. To see how Food Cardiff can support you, visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Keetley founded Less Plastic in 2015 to raise awareness of the ocean plastic crisis and inspire individuals and organisations to use less plastic. Through her blog, social media, and book, Plastic Game Changer, she has empowered professionals to accelerate plastic reduction efforts. Amanda also offers educational materials, talks and workshops, and consultancy services to inspire positive change.
TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules, pens, or plastic gloves, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. Partnering with major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, and businesses across 20 different countries, TerraCycle is able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. 10 million bottles could be saved if all Refill Stations were used just twice a day. Consider registering as a refill station to help locals and visitors to Cardiff stay hydrated while reducing plastic bottle waste – now’s a great time to get on board as 19th June is National Refill Day!
It’s worth thinking about the sustainability of the suppliers you use, including the amount of packaging and the carbon footprint of deliveries. This also applies to giveaways and promotional materials. Consider buying in bulk to reduce delivery impact as well as costs.
Vegware has been manufacturing top eco products since 2006 and is the global specialist in plant-based compostable foodservice packaging. Their catering disposables are made from renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials, and can all be commercially composted with food waste where accepted.
The vision is to produce simple, low impact packaging for food on the move that delivers everything you need. Eco To Go uses manageable, renewable resources to create a wide range of food packaging including boxes, trays, and drinks carriers.
A start-up team of designers and chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs, who have created sustainable packaging solutions made from seaweed extract that disappear, naturally. They have partnered with brands including Selfridges, Just Eat and Lucozade to trial the new and innovative alternative to plastic bottles, cups and sachets.
How many banners and cable ties do you think you get through? To avoid throwaway, single-use cable ties, try Rapstrap, a versatile, flexible, reusable cable tie.
Provides users with an online tool to search for eco-friendly event services in their city, helping them deliver exceptional events using ethical brands.
If you’ve taken steps to improve your sustainability and want your customers to know, get some recognition!
Over 3000 establishments in 57 countries now display the Green Key accreditation, which has been developed specifically for hospitality providers. Green Key has been developed by the Federation for Environmental Education, the same organisation that runs the prestigious Blue Flag award for beaches. Green Key is recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, as well as UNESCO. Green Key enables businesses to make positive environmental changes, without compromising on service or guest experience.
Green Tourism promotes greener ways for businesses and organisations to operate, by offering our members advice on:
Their Bronze/Silver/Gold awards are acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally-friendly practice, and are a great way of progressing on a green journey as well as acting as a hallmark of ‘green quality’, attracting custom from increasing numbers of eco-minded visitors.
Green Alley is looking for start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to tackle the global waste challenge using:
The winner will receive €25,000 and the deadline for applicants is 25 June 2019