5 ways to reduce plastic consumption

Did you know that plastics are very likely to outlive humanity?

In recent years, people have started cutting down on plastic consumption, as we have started to realise the effects plastic can have on the environment and our oceans.

Although plastic is a useful product, many of these products are created for single-use, after which they are thrown away and improperly disposed of. Not only is this harmful to the environment and the oceans, but it is also harmful to wildlife.

As we become more conscious of how our actions can have an impact, check out these 5 simple ways that you can do your part to use less plastic:

  1. Fill your own water bottle

Bottled water is one of the most common single-use plastics around, but they’re completely unnecessary. Save yourself money and reduce your plastic consumption by purchasing a water bottle that you can fill up and take with you anywhere.

  1. Use your own utensils

Not everyone has the time to plan meals ahead of time, and find that take-aways are more convenient. However, you will notice that most take-away outlets regularly serve you with disposable plastic cutlery. Keep a set of reusable knives and forks on your person or at the office when heading to lunch, and you’ll have no need to take them! You may also consider bringing your own food container or better yet pack your own lunch.

  1. Bring your own bag

Plastic bags have been under the spotlight for a good few years now. Seychelles has implemented a ban, so you’re probably used to taking your own bags to the supermarket already. Remember to leave one in your bag or car, just in case you forget.

  1. Say No to Straws

 Believe it or not straws are one of the ultimate wastes of plastic, hence why so many establishments have taken the initiative to switch to paper or pasta ones instead. Always ask for your drink without a straw, but if you enjoy drinking through a straw then you can always carry your own. There are reusable ones made out of metal, glass, or even bamboo!

  1. Find alternatives!

Switch to products that do not use plastic packaging where you can. For example, instead of buying shower gel, buy soap! Not only will you use less plastic, but it will last you longer and save you money!

There are plenty of little changes that you can personally make in order to reduce plastic consumption. Have any tips to add to the list? Drop it in the comments section!

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5 low-cost ways to recognise your employees

We understand that not all businesses, especially  small ones, have the resources to reward high-performing employees. That being said, there’s nothing to stop you from finding other ways of showing your gratitude. Below we share gestures you can make to let your employees know you appreciate them — without breaking the bank.

Say ‘Thank You’

Sometimes, a simple ‘thank you’ can help foster loyalty and good feelings among staff. Make it a point to regularly show appreciation for their hard work. It’s a small gesture that costs nothing, yet many managers restrain from doing it. Remind yourself and others to pay attention to your team’s efforts.

Put it in writing!

While emails are often the go to mode of communication, they tend to come off as a bit impersonal. Try going for a handwritten note, even if it’s a short one. It’s something that they can pin up on at their desk or keep in their purse as a reminder.

Have an ‘employee of the month’ ritual

It may not seem like much, but having an employee of the month ritual could foster a little competition and help boost productivity. It’s also a great way to acknowledge hard working employees. It shows them that the effort that they put in is being recognised. Take a minute at every staff meeting to publicly acknowledge team members who went above and beyond on a work project or customer issue in the past week or two.

Use other markers to measure productivity

We get it, it’s easier to use standards like rewarding someone for the highest sales figures or the most positive customer feedback. But there are other ways that employees go above and beyond for their organisation. This can be something as little as helping another employee finish a workload,  volunteering to help over a weekend, or something as simple as making a cup of coffee. These little gestures deserve recognition, too.

Match efforts with correlating gifts

As an example, if someone gave up one of their Saturdays to come into work, you could give them a gift of a paid Friday off; or you could pay for lunch for employees who are putting in extra hours to meet a deadline. Additionally, you could give grocery hampers at the end of every month, in turn. We’re sure the gesture would come highly appreciated.

 

Home maintenance checklist

As a homeowner, you are no doubt familiar with the time and labour that home ownership requires. Just like having regular oil changes keep your car engine happy and healthy, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money. With everything that needs doing around the house, it is easy to overlook certain tasks. We’ve compiled a few suggestions on what you can keep an eye out in order to help keep your house, and the surrounding area in tiptop shape.

  1. Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc.: Nothing sucks more than having your house leak during heavy rainfall. Not only can it damage your possessions, but also leaky roofs can cause mould over time. Regular inspection can save you money in the long run and ensure your interior is always protected.
  1. Check the drainage system around the house: Puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours. If the water stays, or moves toward your foundation, check your gutters. The most likely culprit is a bad spout or a loose connection. It can also be an indication that your system is blocked, or may just need cleaning.
  1. Clean out gutters regularly: More often than not, gutters accumulate leaves and debris, especially during rainy seasons.
  1. Conduct regular inspection of your home exterior: You would be surprised at how much a good silicone/caulk can fix a lot of your problems! Take a close look all around your house, and make any repairs as needed. Does your house need a fresh coat of paint? Are there cracks in your foundation?
  1. Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house. Did you know that plants can weasel their way into cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, causing damage and shortened longevity? Always clear shrubs and vines away from the house before they have the chance to cause any damages.
  1. Check trees for interference with electric lines: Do not wait for it to fall over. Trim any trees that pose a threat.
  1. Drain water from potted plants: Whilst not technically a home maintenance tip, still water in potted plants, empty containers and blocked drains is the ultimate breeding ground for mosquitoes! For your health and safety, ensure that you drain them regularly.

Have some tips we haven’t listed? Share them with us! Leave a comment!