'You can't manage what you can't measure'

In your workplace, would you like to:

  • Demonstrate a reduction in plastics, packaging and single-use?

  • Identify what are the biggest impacts and issues

  • Set targets for your business or colleagues

  • Understand what is filling your bins up

  • Get to grips with bin contamination

This course will demonstrate how to complete a:

  • Bin audit

  • Visual audit

  • Paperwork audit

"52% say their business is doing all it can to reduce its single-use plastics"
(Brita & Keep Britain Tidy Report 2019)

Knowledge is power

On completing this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the biggest impacts and issues with facts and figures

  • Identify the hidden plastic and packaging offenders

  • Present the issues to your team

  • Suggest some alternatives to office & cleaning single-use plastic items

Watch Intro Video

Watch the introductory video

What's included?

  • Bite-size video lessons

    40 minutes of 1-7 minute videos

  • Downloads

    Auditing documents and worksheets

  • Access for 1 year

    From the payment date

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome

    • CPD Accreditation

  • 2

    Bin auditing

    • Do you know?

    • Bin auditing

    • Completing the bin audit spreadsheet

    • Bin audit worksheet

    • How to do a bin audit for plastics print-out

    • Knowledge check

    • Learning Action: Bin audit

  • 3

    Visual auditing

    • Do you know?

    • Visual auditing

    • Knowledge check

    • Learning Action: Visual audit

  • 4

    Paperwork auditing

    • Do you know?

    • Paperwork auditing

    • Paperwork audit worksheet

    • Knowledge check

    • Learning Action: Paperwork audit

  • 5

    Analysing and reporting your findings

    • Do you know?

    • Prioritising your data

    • Data analysis and prioritisation spreadsheet

    • Knowledge check

    • Learning Action: Analysing your data

    • Report template

  • 6

    Material switches for the office

    • Material Switches

    • Links: Suppliers

  • 7


    • Feedback

  • 8

    You did it!

    • Being a change maker!

Earn CPD points

With the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

In addition to gaining practical knowledge and the power to make change, you can also get recognition for your studies with certification and CPD points (Continuous Professional Development) points from the IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship).

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And take the first steps to be a change maker in your workplace

Get your team involved

To discuss a team package, get in touch with us!

If you have a green team with people working across different departments, we can offer an Academy package so that everyone can participate and benefit from our online support, live Q&As and certification. Email us with your team size and we’ll give you a quote.


Sustainability & Behaviour Change Consultant

Livvy Drake

Livvy has a wealth of experience delivering behaviour change and waste reduction campaigns. Livvy works with the City to Sea and Refill team on plastic-reduction and reusables campaigns. Her talks and workshops are delivered in a way that makes complex and confusing topics accessible and entertaining.


Here's what attendees of our workshops have to say

“Very comprehensive look at everyday materials. A lot of detail, but that is necessary to understand the topic fully. Engaging delivery.”

"The process allowed me to work out how I can take the theory back to my workplace and work on real-world solutions"

“I have a better understanding of what motivates people, workshopping live ideas was also really helpful to get the brain working”

Bonus material

Include additional content to your course curriculum to provide further value to your students.

  • The Tipping Point: Where does our waste go?

    This 1.5-hour live talk covers what happens to our waste detailing different material types and waste management systems

  • 30 day plastic challenge

    A guide for people looking to reduce single-use plastic in their day-to-day life.

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And take the first steps to be a change maker in your workplace

Want to take more action after you have done an audit

Our full 6-week course supports you to better understand plastics and packaging. You’ll also learn how to work with your supply chain and deliver behaviour change in your workplace


  • Are all the practical activities compulsory?

    No. Do the auditing that is most relevant to your business. We are giving you the tools to take the most comprehensive approach

  • Who are the Sustainable Sidekicks?

    The Sustainable Sidekicks are a consultancy focused on supporting workplaces, green champions and event organisers. We are here to support your sustainability journey with our knowledge and experience in waste reduction, behaviour change and engagement campaigns. We have a range of backgrounds from event sustainability, plastics and food waste reduction campaigns as well as corporate and student engagement campaigns. Head to www.sustainablesidekicks.com to find out more.

  • Can we upgrade to the 6 week course?

    If you complete this course and would like to do the full 6-week course on ‘Tackling Plastics in your Workplace’, we can refund the cost of this one from the full course.

  • I don't have time for a course, can you come to my business and do an audit?

    Yes, we offer consultancy and auditing services. Email: courses [at] sustainablesidekicks.com

  • Still have questions?

    Then drop us an email: courses [at] sustainablesidekicks.com

69% of SME senior decision makers agree that preventing single-use plastic waste is important to their business
(Brita & Keep Britain Tidy Report 2019)

In collaboration with

City to Sea, the team behind Refill.