How CDS has reduced plastic waste and saved our clients money

CDS have always tried to minimise our impact on the environment.

Rubbish on the beach

We know that if every company made a few small day-to-day changes it would add up to make a significant difference. So, we’ve looked at what we can do. 

We looked across our print and digital business for quick wins, as part of our commitment to reduce the amount of waste produced, especially the amount of plastic waste. It was immediately obvious that we had to stop using plastic box containers for the business cards we print for our clients.

Moving to a single piece of die cut card, which snugly wraps the business cards, not only reduces the amount of plastic waste produced but also reduces the cost of production. 

We estimate that since we started using the card wrappers in May 2018 we will have removed approximately 90kg of plastic waste over the course of a year.

Tips for how we can all reduce our plastic use

Carry a reusable bottle

In the UK we use over 35 million plastic bottles every day. Carrying a reusable bottle is a great way to cut our plastic use and save money too. There are many places in the UK where you can refill your bottle for free.

Say no to plastic straws

Plastic straws are bad news for the oceans. Next time you order a drink, think about if you need a straw. You could ask your local pub to stop adding straws to drinks as standard and offer paper straws to those who want one.

Take a reusable coffee cup

2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK, less than 1 in 400 are recycled. Try carrying a reusable cup with you – some cafes even offer a small discount if you use your own cup.

Avoid excessive food packaging

If it’s making different choices in the supermarket or choosing a different place to shop. We can all try and cut down the plastic we buy and loose fruit and veg is usually cheaper than pre-packaged alternatives.

Use refill stations for detergents

It’s difficult to avoid using some plastic containers like the ones used for washing up liquid or laundry liquid. However, there is an increasing number of places where you can refill your old bottles.

Say no to disposable cutlery

Consider carrying a spoon or fork in your bag or keeping cutlery in your desk at work.

Get your milk delivered

Even though the sound of a milk float is not as common as it used to be, there are still lots of places in the UK where you can get milk delivered in glass bottles. The bottles are then collected and reused.

Carry a shopping bag

Since the plastic bag charge was introduced in England, there’s been a massive 85% drop in their use. We are used to carrying an extra bag with us. If you find it hard to remember, try a foldaway one that you can carry in your normal day bag.

We hope you find these tips useful.

Here at CDS we’re continuing our mission to reduce plastic waste, so we can help tackle this global problem.

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