As we step into Plastic Free July, a global movement that challenges us to forgo single-use plastics, it’s heartening to witness the collective efforts of individuals striving for a greener planet.


At Polyglot Group, our team has taken proactive steps to reduce our plastic footprint beyond Plastic Free July.

To help you in your own journey, we’ve gathered practical tips and personal experiences from our employees on how they minimise plastic usage in their daily lives. Their contributions reflect a commitment to sustainability that extends beyond the workplace.


Andreea’s Approach: Practicality Meets Sustainability

Andreea has incorporated simple yet effective habits into her routine:

  1. Reusable Coffee Cup: She opts for a reusable cup for her coffee runs.
  2. Backpack & Tote Bag: She carries a backpack and an extra tote bag for shopping, avoiding extra plastic bags.
  3. Vegetable Shopping: Prefers buying vegetables without additional plastic packaging.
  4. Lunch Boxes: Uses reusable containers for her work lunches.
  5. Online Orders: Limits online shopping to reduce cardboard waste.
  6. Plastic Bag Refusal: Chooses recycled options or fits more items into a single bag.


Giulia’s Simple Steps: Conscious Choices

Giulia’s strategy focuses on conscious consumption:

  1. Grocery Bags: She has stopped using plastic bags, relying solely on reusable ones.
  2. Product Selection: She selects products with minimal or no plastic packaging.
  3. Recycling Prep: Ensures that any plastic waste is washed before disposal.


Manon’s Eco-Friendly Habits: A Holistic Approach

Manon has taken a holistic approach to reducing plastic waste:

  1. Compost Bin: Invested in composting to lessen overall waste.
  2. Mesh Bags: Uses mesh bags instead of plastic ones at the grocery store.
  3. Food Purchases: Chooses unpackaged fruits and vegetables.
  4. Lunch Boxes: Uses reusable containers for her work lunches
  5. Recycling: Washes plastic containers before recycling.
  6. Glass Tupperware: Prefers glass over plastic for health and environmental benefits.


Martine’s Efforts: Innovative Alternatives

Martine is always on the lookout for innovative ways to avoid plastic:

  1. Non-Plastic Containers: Seeks out products packaged in non-plastic materials.
  2. Net Packaging Avoidance: Avoids fruits and vegetables in plastic net packaging.
  3. Biodegradable Takeaways: Prefers takeaways that use biodegradable containers.
  4. Plastic Bag Reuse: Reuses plastic bags for multiple purposes.


Gerald’s Resolve: Paper Over Plastic

Gerald’s commitment is reflected in his shopping habits:

  1. Paper Bag: Keeps a paper bag handy for shopping needs.
  2. Plastic Independence: Strives to be less dependent on plastic.
  3. Eco-Friendly Products: Chooses products that are environmentally friendly.


Carolina’s Philosophy: Waste Reduction at Its Core

Carolina believes in reducing waste at the source:

  1. Solid Toiletries: Favors bar soaps over liquid ones in plastic bottles.
  2. Natural Bristles: Uses bamboo toothbrushes and hairbrushes with natural bristles.
  3. Packaging Choices: Selects products with little to no plastic packaging.
  4.  Reusable Containers: Packs lunch in reusable containers.
  5. Bulk Food Bags: Brings her own bags for bulk items.
  6. Single-Use Item Avoidance: Declines plastic straws and cutlery.


Our team’s collective efforts showcase a diverse range of strategies to combat plastic pollution. From simple swaps like reusable coffee cups to more significant lifestyle changes such as composting, each action contributes to a larger movement towards sustainability. As we share these insights, we hope to inspire others to join us in making Plastic Free July a stepping stone to a greener future.

We encourage everyone to share their own tips and join the conversation. Together, we can make a difference, one plastic-free choice at a time. Let’s continue to learn from each other and strive for a cleaner, healthier planet.


Polyglot Group is proud to support Plastic Free July and the ongoing efforts of our employees to reduce plastic waste. Remember, every small change counts! 

This article was crafted with the collective input of our dedicated team members who are passionate about making a positive environmental impact. 



About the Author:

Jan is Polyglot Group's Global Head of Energy & Infrastructure. Jan’s aim is to continue making the world more aware of climate change & the importance of utilising renewable energy for a better tomorrow.
Read more about Jan Rieche.