Taking action against single-use plastic, our journey to net zero

Servery in Antenna filled with paper straws and cup holders

Antenna, along with the rest of Confetti Media Group, recently received our first internal audit following our successful integration with Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) environmental management system in October 2022.

The visit saw colleagues from NTU’s Sustainability team follow up on development points from the last audit and recorded a number of improvements. We’re delighted to say the visit was a success and we look forward to a follow-up visit in July.

One thing we are focusing on between now and our next audit in July, is reducing the amount of single-use plastic we’re using across the organisation.

In October 2023, a new law will come into effect which’ll ban single-use plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks, and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers. To date, we’ve made the following changes across Antenna and the wider CMG family:

  • Water fountain plastic cups have been replaced with recyclable paper ones
  • Plastic straws have been exchanged for recyclable cardboard
  • Plastic cutlery in Confetti’s Student Café has been replaced with bamboo

Single-use plastics have also been phased out of our restaurant  and meeting room menus – we’ve replaced with bamboo cutlery/skewers and compostable takeaway boxes, with coffee cup lids soon to follow.

From October, there’ll be no single-use plastics in CMG. We’re almost there, however, you’ll probably notice a few more changes between now and then as we work towards this goal.

Dominika holding a certificate

As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, members of the Hospitality and Estates teams have undergone training to upskill themselves. Earlier this year, Estates Manager John Allcoat, completed Environmental Management System Overview Training, and both he and Data Coordinator, Dominika Ochenkowska (pictured), have both completed Managing Environmental Compliance Training –  congratulations to both of them.

To learn more about our commitment to sustainability and NTU’s world-class environmental management system, check out our Environmental Policy.