Alternatives to single-use plastics


Will Richardson - Founder of environmental management consultancy company Green Element, is on board our #PlasticFreeMerton campaign and keen to support our local businesses in their efforts to reduce single-use plastics...


"For businesses looking at the cost of single use vs reusable items, it is useful to consider the disposal costs. When single use items are predominant, these costs are higher due to a larger number of items being thrown away. On the same note, when comparing the environmental benefits of reusable items, it is worthwhile to keep in mind that a far great amount of energy is usually needed to produce these compared to a single use item. For this reason, in order to make the purchases worthwhile environmentally, the behaviour of reuse must be stressed."


Explore costs, benefits, uses and disposal of plastic-free alternatives