Financial Services Company EY have announced that it will stop providing single-use cups (both plastic and paper) in all its UK offices, switching to reusable alternatives instead. This is its biggest step yet in tackling plastic waste and marks a significant step forward in reducing the environmental impact of EY’s buildings.
Caroline Artis, London Senior Partner and Environmental Lead says: “Our commitment as an organisation to minimise our environmental impact has resulted in the decision to switch all our offices away from single use plastic by the end of 2018. The replacement of disposable cups, in addition to our recent move away from plastic cutlery and other catering consumables, will reduce our consumption of single-use plastic items by over 7.7 million pieces or 57 tonnes each year. Feedback from our people has highlighted that plastic pollution is one of their biggest environmental concerns and I am so proud of this initiative supporting our continued efforts to build a better working world.”
The transition will start in autumn 2018 and will be rolled out across all of EY’s UK offices on a site by site basis with completion by the end of the year. EY employees will be provided with a reusable cup and bottle for their personal use when working in its offices. Disposable cups will no longer be available.
EY recognises that plastic pollution is a major environmental problem – contaminating the world’s oceans, rivers, food chain and ultimately affecting human health. It has been reviewing plastic use across its UK workplaces and will be introducing more changes to reduce its plastic waste in the future.