Half of people in the Highlands consume food and drink on-the-go at least once per week. We know that 82% of people are concerned with the amount of single-use disposable containers and packaging used for takeaway food and drink. Reuse is the best way to eliminate waste created by single-use packaging and support more #ConsciousConsumption.

Businesses have a crucial role to play in promoting the switch to reusables. Not only can you help your customers by providing them with more sustainable options, but this can also reduce the amount of packaging waste in your operations.

In Scotland, we could save 4100t of CO2e per year by switching to reusable cups alone.

Here are four ways that your business can support the switch to reuse, from simple tips to bigger changes:





Highland Cup Movement

Highland Cup Movement was the first returnable cup scheme to run at scale in the Highlands. It was one of six reuse projects across the UK funded through the Bring it Back fund. Have a look at their learning and impact report here.

We'll be carrying on this work into 2025, so get in touch if you're interested in taking part.



The Highland Weigh

The Highland Weigh in Nairn is one place where you wont find single-use packaging. As a zero-waste shop they also don't provide disposable coffee cups, read about their experience here.



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Want to do more to support Conscious Consumption in your business?

If you've already started your reuse journey, but aren't quite ready to move away from single-use entirely, have a look at our cup recycling pilot to make sure yours aren't going into landfill. Take the Food Waste Challenge from Zero Waste Scotland to see just how much food waste you could be saving and have you thought about using a refill service for your cleaning products or toiletries, maybe you could #TryRefill in the Highlands.


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