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SUSTAINABLE ISLAND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Save waste, save money, save the environment

Earn your place as a GTM Certified Partner as these businesses did below

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How to become a GTM Certified Partner?

By making a few simple changes to your business’ packaging choices you can have an impact on what customers throw away, can be composted and recycled.

Step 1: Appoint an Environmental Security Officer (ESO)

Educate your team on best practices by appointing yourself or a staff member as Environmental Safety Officer or ESO.

 

Attend GTM's workshop on best waste management practice. We'll work together to create a strategy to improve your waste recycling. An ESO works directly with GTM in line with your requirements.

Step 2: Set Up Your Business Area Accordingly

Provide bins and signage to ensure your customers are clear about your house rules, this will help your business area remain clean before trash is blown or thrown away.

GTM recommended waste management

Step 3: Plan Your Serving Style

Compostable packaging and utensils made from natural fiber and edible materials are always better options than plastic. If they do end up in the environment, they cause far fewer problems.

 

Businesses that think creatively and show their cultural and environmental care in their service are likely to attract more customers and earn more money. In most cases adopting better practices is cheaper and creates better revenue in the long run.

Think Creatively

Provide biodegradable baskets made from Kerupuk, Banna Leaf or Bamboo Sheath.

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Best Zero Waste

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Food baskets

Serving food on simple food baskets woven locally creates jobs for the community. When cleaned properly and lined with banana leaf or waxed paper, health and safety standards can be maintained.

Step 4: Service Area Design

By rethinking your service area and making cutlery and condiments available to your customers to take themselves you’ll save you time and money. 

 

Replacing sachet condiments with bottled goods will reduce your single-use wastage.

 

Paper bags and cups are a great alternative to plastic, they also give your business a great space to promote if you make up a simple stamp and brand each bag and cup that goes out the door. 

Step 5: Serving Materials

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Serve sauces direct from bottles at your counter or in paper dishes for best practice.

 

Use wax paper and avoid silicone coated parchment paper as this is non-recyclable and not compostable. Using a paper box with a lining of Banana leaf, waxed paper or foil is best, try to avoid plastic food containers.

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If choosing plastic containers be mindful of what can and cannot be recycled easily by GTM.

Food containers - good to bad

Step 6: Reset Your Budget and Pricing

By switching to better practices and products you are going to make a huge impact on the environment which will be appreciated by your customers and community. 

Initially you may find that these alternatives are a little more expensive and harder to find. Please don’t let this deter you from your goal!

 

You simply need to adjust your pricing to absorb those costs so it’s not your income that takes the hit. 

Customers who like the look of your food and your sustainable packaging will identify that you care about the environment and will be looking for your brand!