Over the last 12 months we’ve taken some big steps in the Be Bold office to become more environmentally sustainable and as a result we have now been recognised for our efforts.

Plastic Free Champions badge We’ve been awarded Plastic Free Champion status for reducing the amount of necessary plastic we use on a day-to-basis and have had our name added to the growing list of businesses here in Newport which are collectively driving the fight against plastic pollution and have helped the town earn recognition as a Plastic Free Community.

Our efforts have focused largely on plastic reduction, recycling and reusing items where possible. We feel it’s something we can all do with a relatively small amount of effort.

Managing director, Amy Bould, said: “The Plastic Free Champion scheme is a brilliant way to encourage and reward businesses who are actively reducing plastic waste and we are proud to be a part of this positive movement in the town.

“We have made lots of small changes over the last few months but we are constantly reviewing what other steps we can take to make a difference and be as environmentally sustainable as possible.”

To date we have ditched plastic soap bottles in favour of soap bars or refillable liquid soap; exchanged plastic milk bottles for recyclable glass ones; swapped promotional plastic pens for pencils; switched to plastic-free tea bags and ditched single-use plastic bottles in favour of refillable ones.

Used plastic straws held in a hand on a beach - we are aiming to be more environmentally sustainable
We all need to be more environmentally sustainable

We’re also trying to reduces our carbon footprint by walking or cycling to the office when possible, growing our own vegetables and using more sustainable products.

At home, some of us are also continuing efforts to reduce plastic and increase our sustainability.

Our new certificate and plaque from marine conservation charity, Surfers against Sewage (SAS), was awarded to us by Simone Whitfield, who leads the Sustainable Newport team, and it takes pride of place here in the office.

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