Today corporate adaptation to environmentally responsible practices means staying competitive and investing in a long-term growth. While a business going green can truly mean many things, our team believes that eliminating single-use plastic packaging should be a priority.
Environmentalists have long called single-use plastic as the worst pollutant that does not fully break down. Most takeout food packaging used by restaurants, hotels and other foodservice venues will be used on average for less than 15 minutes while taking up to 1,000 years to degrade. Recycling sounded like a great idea to the problem of plastic waste yet statistics show that less than 6% of plastic packaging is recycled nationwide. To make that matter worse, close to 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic produced annually is left to flow into our oceans.
At Lean Orb, we believe that corporations need to change the amount of disposable plastic available in the first place while making it easier for the consumer to compost or recycle all waste. Promoting a full life cycle of products will educate the consumer and help us advance toward a zero waste goal.
Green Business is Good Business:
- IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
Equipped with research and guided by a zero-waste model, we help monitor and measure your company’s environmental advancement on plastic reduction and waste optimization. Hospitality businesses we work with will reduce the amount of packaging used on average by 15%. That means a flexible budget for higher-quality packaging and cost cuts on waste removal services.
- GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES
Local governments are embracing a variety of incentives on plastic reduction, progressive policies on plastic waste are sweeping across the nation. California has shown how far a ban on plastic can go with an impressive 72% decrease in plastic litter on local beaches from 2010 to 2017.
The heat is also coming from the investors. Bloomberg reported in June that a group of 25 investors, managing more than $1 trillion in assets, were demanding that Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever reduce their use of plastic packaging.
Want Talent? The ambitious workforce will tend to work for a progressive company. According to the latest research, more than two-thirds of employees said sustainable business is an important factor to them, commitment to the global environmental health represents strong ethics and makes people trust your company’s vision. One study shows that employees at eco-friendly organizations are 16 percent more productive thanks to a greater appreciation for their workplace.
- BUILD A STRONGER BRAND
70% of consumers want to support businesses that take a strong environmental stand. Our team helps you find the best alternatives to plastic takeout packaging and market that commitment to gain more loyal customers who will continue advocating for your products and services. Today, boycotting a business whose packaging practices pollute communities is a real threat and reputation is a valuable asset to any organization.