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the new normal since covid-19. its time to build back better and greener

The time has come for a recovery plan, to build back better, and greener following the recent pandemic… Let’s not go back to normal. It’s time for new measures to create a greener, more sustainable future to protect our planet from further damage and help fight the climate crisis. Out with the old, and in with the new normal.

Over the past 5 months, life has been somewhat disturbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the world has gone from enjoying complete freedom to travel, shop, study and socialise, to restrictive measures introduced that have impacted our lives and work.

Although the pandemic has had many negative outcomes, it has brought many positives along with it. I can’t speak about it without acknowledging the thousands of lives lost, and the many peoples lives and livelihoods that have be turned upside-down. However I feel the time has come to get past this as much as we can, and start building confidence back up. With enough measures in place for staff and the general public to keep safe, be it hand sanitiser, clear signage, sanitiser wipes and sanitiser stations, gloves, face masks etc it allows people and staff to go about their lives as ‘normal’ with increasing confidence. COVID-19 has freshly pointed up human resilience, and our ability to adapt and change quickly, and alter our thinking, bringing about creativity.

This pandemic has shown us that society can come together as one to effectively tackle a crisis. We have the opportunity to reflect on our actions and consider how we can be more resilient, to create this new normalcy. A crisis as big as this pandemic creates the opportunity for new thinking. As lockdown measures are slowly eased and we are all adjusting to a ‘new normal’, many people have voiced how they do not want to go back to the ‘old normal’ way of life.

With lockdown having such a positive effect on the environment, it has woken many up to realise small changes we can implement help protect our planet, and lead a greener, more sustainable life. Studies revealed a massive improvement in air quality, and drop in carbon emissions over the past few months of the coronavirus lockdown, due to sharp falls in road traffic and industrial emissions. There has been many stories in the news of wild animals roaming the streets of cities, flourishing thanks to us staying inside our homes. It has us all asking the question, what next?

Here at Unisan, we are passionate about recycling at work, and we can’t help but focus now on how we can help people return to work with a greener mindset and lifestyle. Now the majority of the UK is back at work, our initial focus of helping people return to work safely and hygienically with our range of COVID response solutions has now been diverted. We feel it is time for us to channel our energy towards helping businesses in our country to transform their recycling rates, and become more sustainable, as they build back from the pandemic. It’s a great time for organisations to commit to sustainability and a circular economy whilst making recycling at work easier & more engaging, as part of their ‘new normal’. Read our recent blog post here, to find out how recycling helps the environment.

Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us, and is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. We must act faster than we have been, as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time. This is due to things like increasing population, increasing wealth, new packaging and technological product development that are not biodegradable, new lifestyle changes that don’t support biodegradable waste – which ultimately creates more waste that would go to landfill and harm the environment, if it isn’t recycled.

Recycling is critical, especially in businesses, which generate a large amount of waste every year. Waste that isn’t recycled has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites, so recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste. It also reduces the need for raw materials so that rainforests etc can be preserved. 

We have a friendly team of experts who have been working with clients as they are opening their facilities back up, to help create the ‘new normal’ with recycling at work. We work flexibly to create a tailored or completely bespoke solution that fits your recycling needs perfectly, as well as offering a standard range of waste and recycling bins. Over the years, we’ve built a deep supply chain network that enables us to deliver the solution you want.

We think your recycling deserves better than a humble waste bin. We have helped so many organisations transform their waste management and recycling, increasing their recycling rates so they can become a more sustainable business, heading towards the goal of zero waste. Whether it be large bins for warehouse or manufacturing facilities, or for front of house such as offices, washrooms, reception areas or break out areas, we have bins for every scenario and budget!

Office designs keep getting more impressive, but recycling solutions have been left far behind in these design improvements. At Unisan we change all that. Our bespoke solutions focus on design, so that they’re not only highly effective, but they look great in your workplace and match your interior design. Recycling shouldn’t be a headache for your staff – our solutions focus on making it as easy and engaging as possible. Through effective signage, you can clearly communicate with your staff where to put their waste with just a brief glance.  This not only makes it easier for them – it increases your recycling rates as well.

Click here to contact our team for a no obligation discussion about your top recycling frustrations, and how you could do better to increase the green credentials in your workplace.

Here’s to a more sustainable future for your business.

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