For years we have relied on a take-make-waste cycle: taking raw materials, making them into products to be used and then wasting whatever’s left over.

But in recent times there’s been a growing focus on how to close the loop in the cycle and operate more sustainably: how to create a circular economy. Like the cycles of nature, a circular economy works by giving and taking in equal measure — reducing or even eradicating waste by reusing and recycling resources for as long as possible.

Every business can work towards achieving a circular economy. For instance, you can offer reusable crockery, use compostable packaging or provide recycled cups and containers that can again be recycled.

At Bunzl, we’re working hand in hand with our suppliers towards a more sustainable model. Refillable sanitising and soap stations are ensuring dispensers are used for many years rather than thrown away after each use.

Then there’s our food service and packaging solutions, such as our Sustain range, which is all about renewable and compostable alternatives, and the Revive range of cups and containers, made using recyclable PET plastics.