With the problems of plastic firmly under the spotlight, and the pressures on our environment mounting, now more than ever before, taking responsibility for our ecological footprint is critical.

Recent headlines have been dominated by the news of China turning away our plastic waste and so with the world’s largest importer of plastic recycling refusing our refuge as we are globally churning out more than 300 million tons of it each year, it is fair to say it’s causing a worrying conundrum, where exactly are we are going to put all this man-made debris?

Despite being nature’s nightmare, plastic, of course, plays a vital role in every aspect of life, and yes, it is unrealistic to think we are going to be able to create a sustainable solution to replace It anytime soon, so as both individuals and businesses we need to consider the actions we can take, however small, to ensure that we are helping to minimise the amount of plastics hitting landfill. We may not ever be able to completely solve the problem but by all of us making the effort, surely, we can work towards some sort of damage limitation.

It all really boils down to a bit of thought about our choices, what we buy, how we use it (and reuse it) and what we choose to do with it when the time finally comes to throw it away.

Saying no to single use plastic is a good start, try and think about the disposable plastic we encounter every day, carrier bags, plastic cutlery, cups, straws etc and think about replacing these with a more reusable option, the plastic bag tax is a great encourager for shoppers to think about reuse or opting to purchase more eco-friendly methods. Some coffee retailers are now offering discounts on their reusable cup refills, which is good news for that morning caffeine fix as well as our eco-footprint, let’s hope more organisations follow suit in offering cost-advantages that encourage us all to go for the greener options.

As plastic is a necessity, it’s all about making the most of it, reusing and prolonging the lifespan of plastic items is the key to lowering our plastic waste.

Try as we might, of course nothing lasts forever, so when the time does come to say goodbye to your plastic goods, we have to recycle it, however with some goods, this is not always possible and in that case the we should look for an option that has the least environmental impact.  

As well as making our home lives more economical, both in pocket a footprint, shabby chic and upcycling have thankfully become trends in its own right, where pre-loved items are given a new lease of life instead of tossed in the trash.

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And the same can surely be applied to our businesses, seemingly a simple solution with regards to the office waste and décor, but instead of rinsing our budgets and constantly replacing and updating our equipment, looking towards the upkeep and maintenance of our hardware, I.T systems and backup tape media, focus on extending life instead of always reaching for new, perhaps even sourcing refurbished items where possible.  

Your backup tapes are where we come in….

Again, like plastic itself, tape media is something that is absolutely vital to many organisations across the globe, yet due to the unrecyclable composition of some components, when disposed of traditionally, it doesn’t have a great impact on the environment…until now!

Here at Insurgo Media we take our environmental footprint as seriously as we do security, which has driven us to develop a revolutionary tape disposal method (KIT) that can not only guarantee 100% of all readable data is securely removed upon disposal but also allows the tapes to be reused, as if new, helping business to lower their economic-footprint whilst getting complete confidence in their data security.

Contact our team to find out more info@insurgomedia.com +44 (0) 1495 372 000