Getting in touch with businesses who you reckon could do more on the waste front is a great way to make changes. People often believe that their one letter or phone call won’t make a difference, but it can be surprising the changes small groups of people can affect, particularly with local businesses.
A great way to proceed is to make phone calls, write letters, or drop in and make suggestions to business owners. There are some rules of thumb that we follow when we do this:
However, here’s the thing. You may have a list of businesses that you wish would package their products differently or you might love it if your local cafe wouldn’t smother their cabinet food in plastic wrap, but perhaps you’re unsure what to say or recommend they do instead.
We’ve found that while lots of people care about waste and want to communicate better ways of doing things, they also struggle when it comes to offering up solutions for businesses, and they can get confused by greenwashing too. On The Rubbish Trip we see different ways of doing things all the time – some great, some less so. We have come across loads of good alternatives to common wasteful items and practices. Is there a tricky item you’ve identified and that you’d like to find an alternative for to suggest to a particular business? Leave us a comment…