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Workplace eco-friendly food challenge

The workplace eco-friendly food challenge provides a guide for your colleagues to start making small changes that will have a huge impact on the environment.school community 

Print these challenges out and post them on your workplace noticeboard.  

Cross them off as your colleagues start becoming more eco-friendly in relation to food!

  1. Do not sell bottled water in your workplace, instead offer staff filtered tap water, chilled if desired. Let your staff know why you are making this change by providing them with facts on the effects of bottled water on the environment. 
  2. Get your staff involved in Meatless Mondays. Find out more about Meatless Monday here.
  3. Supply Fair Trade teas and coffees in your staff room. There are lots of resources you can order from Fair Trade Australia to promote the use of these items by your workforce.
  4. Have recycling bins for food packaging positioned in convenient locations and encourage staff to use them.
  5. Use the Green catering guide for planning any workplace events. 
  6. Ensure the staff kitchen is equipped with energy and water-saving appliances. Turn these off at the power point when not in use.
  7. Have a supportive breastfeeding policy. Find out how to become an accredited breastfeeding friendly workplace by visiting the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace website.
  8. Award a monthly ‘Green Team’ prize to the department which produces the least waste through initiatives such as reducing, reusing and recycling. This includes the packaging from food products, so talk to employees about why it’s important to buy minimally packaged and processed foods (both in terms of an individual’s health and that of the environment). Find out more about this here.
  9. Seek out local schools or community garden groups that have a worm farm or compost heap to donate your food scraps to. It’s a great way to get rid of waste and teach school students about the environment at the same time!
  10. Organise a box of local organic fruit to be delivered to the staff room weekly for everyone to share in the fresh flavours of your region.
  11. Visit our Eight weeks to green and healthy web page for eco-friendly food facts and tips to include in news letters or on staff notice-boards
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