Despite recently working from home, the Metric Labs team is still determined to minimise our waste. We’ve called it ‘Going AZWAP’, or ‘as zero waste as possible’. We posted a blog about it last year and just before we left the office, we reflected back on the progress we’ve made so far. Part of the 🌱journey🌱 has been learning about not only our individual habits but also looking into how institutions and the businesses we rely on also get rid of waste.
It’s been a wild six months of re-training ourselves to waste less, re-use more and just consume less garbage in general. Here’s a personal reflection from some of our colleagues on the journey so far:
We’ve got reusable coffee cups, we compost our office food scraps at a local community garden’s compost bin and we take our soft plastics to Coles to be recycled through their partnership with REDcycle.
It’s all very good to keep buying whatever you buy, return the soft plastic to Coles or chuck endless pieces of single use plastic packaging into the recycling, and feel like you’ve done your bit and are now an exemplar of environmental consciousness. Sadly, this isn’t enough.
We decline the plastic cutlery when we get takeaway, BYOB (bowl) to nearby eateries (and receive a discount!) and have also made an effort to bring more food in.
What about the bits and pieces of plastic we can’t avoid though, like yoghurt containers? Time to investigate what happens after we leave our recycling and waste with Coles and North Sydney Council:
Funnily enough, since starting AZWAP, we’ve had very little in the general waste bin, aside from meat scraps or dirty tissues. These go into general waste, as they wouldn’t fare too well in our individual garbage jars, which are reserved for non-disposable waste only. The main concern is reducing our single-use plastic in the first place, as recycle is the lowest in the ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ mantra and just because REDCycle exists doesn’t mean we should consider it the answer to our plastic-(ab)using ways.
The challenge going forward will be taking the lessons that we’ve learned from our office office and bringing them with us to our home office. While many of the same ideas still apply, we’re always tweaking our processes and learning what goes where. So if you have any suggestions for decreasing waste, let us know!
If you’d like to read more about the ways you can reduce your waste, you can read our AZWAP Guide here.
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