26 May 2023

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Interview with Gijs Derks on the #zerowastechallenge

The #zerowastechallenge has been underway for several days. Gijs Derks, managing director Milgro, thought it was time to have a chat with some people about how it is being experienced. He summarizes his observations in this blog.

Doing normal things really differently

What is immediately noticeable is that everyone is involved and really trying to work toward #zerowaste. But what is also striking is that this is really not easy. It really requires a change in behavior and you really have to do very normal things differently and finally it doesn't work if we just do everything differently. So colleagues made some observations and some questions arose:

  1. Catering during courses: why are there napkins (preferably 2) around the sandwiches delivered for the course? In addition, the sandwiches are in a box and also on a plastic tray. This should and can be done differently anyway because from us it is not necessary.

  2. Printing: is printing really that bad? Sometimes it is nice to print something out notes and share this again. If anyone has the best solution for this let's have it. But the solution is not you can also read it on your screen 😉. Do you have the tip? Let us know!

  3. Worm buffet: what can these worms really have and what not? Everything new takes some getting used to but I find that the worms are already more than welcome in the Milgro family.

  4. Packaging: packaging, packaging and more packaging. Sometimes we get something sent to us in a box or envelope and there is plastic around it as well. Maybe we should just send it back and say the product doesn't meet our needs. What would that trigger?

In short, we are all enjoying ourselves and learning, marveling and wondering. The road to #zerowaste is set. Now keep it up!

Where are your habits that cause waste? Do you dare to break this one? Sign up #zerowastechallenge

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