It's Zero Waste Week 2021!
This week is zero waste week! Now in its 14th year, the campaign aims to reduce the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill and the harmful impacts litter has on the environment.
Here at Montezuma’s being sustainable is something incredibly important to us. We are very proud of our zero to landfill status and there are many fantastic ways that we achieve this including the following:
- Every piece of packaging on every chocolate that we sell is recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.
- All our factory wastewater, rich in chocolatey nutrients is collected, treated and taken away for pig feed.
- All the cardboard and paper produced in the business which cannot be reused is compacted on site and taken away to be recycled.
- We have saved 1.5 tonnes of CO2E and help reduce food waste by partnering with Too Good To Go.
How can you get involved with Zero Waste Week?
The 5 R’s of zero waste living are a great set of guidelines to get you started on cutting down your household waste. For the best success, the 5 R’s should be followed in the correct order.
- Refuse – Before purchasing a product, does the packaging have single use plastic? If the answer is yes, can you refuse it and find an eco-friendly alternative? The less waste that enters your home, the less that will be produced, and the easier it will be to minimise waste.
- Reduce – The next step is to buy only the items you think are necessary. You can also declutter the items you already own but don’t just thow them away! Can they be reused or donated to charity?
- Reuse – Once you have reduced your items, are there any that you can reuse? Can you swap disposable, one-use items for something that is reusable?
- Recycle – Recycle plastic, paper, glass or metal that you cannot refuse, reduce or reuse. Look at your local council’s website to check on what you can and cannot recycle and sort your rubbish accordingly.
- Rot – Can you compost what cannot be recycled? Millions of tons of food waste could be prevented from going to landfill by composting instead.
5 easy tips to reducing waste!
- Bring your reusable own coffee cup or stainless-steel water bottle to work.
- Say no to any plastic bags and opt for reusable cloth shopping bags which are much better for the environment!
- Rather than purchasing pre-packaged items, there are many refill shops now popping up where you can purchase ingredients that are free from any packaging!
- Store food in glass jars.
- Use reusable lunch wraps to keep food fresh rather than tin foil or cling wrap.
By having this approach, you can significantly reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill!