Would you like to put in place?

  • A clear policy that your organisation supports?

  • Targets to work towards?

  • An action plan that motivates people?

This course is designed for people who want to:

  • Demonstrate change and improvements

  • Get commitment from top management

  • Engage people within their organisation

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

Why do you need a policy, targets and action plan?

  • Accountability

    They make everyone in the organisation responsible

  • Commitment

    They demonstrate the commitment from top management to the team

  • Focus

    They give people goals to work towards

  • Allignment with values

    They align a company with its customers and staff values

Knowledge & practical action

On completing this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare a policy for your organisation that will gain support

  • Prioritise the issues and impacts of your organisation

  • Set targets to reduce plastics and packaging

  • Develop an action plan

Watch Intro Video

Watch the introduction to the course

Be inspired

Watch interviews with organisations who have already taken action:

Watch Intro Video

Hear how Surfdome removed 74% of their packaging

What's included

  • Bite-size video lessons

    Content is delivered in short video lessons

  • Case studies

    Watch interviews and case studies from a range of businesses on their plastics policies and action plans

  • Downloads

    Policy and presentation templates for you to complete

Course commitment

We offer flexibility that fits with your schedule. You can access the content any time, and implement practical activities in your workplace at your own pace

  • Access for 1 year

    After signing up, you will have access to the content for one year

  • Short video lessons

    50 minutes of 3-10 min videos

  • Practical activities

    Optional activities that can be completed at any time

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction

    • CPD Accreditation

    • Bonuses

  • 2

    Getting buy-in from your business

    • Do you know?

    • Getting buy-in

    • Knowledge check

    • Links: 'The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular’ by Tom Szarky

  • 3

    Co-creating a vision and policy

    • Do you know?

    • Delivering a feedback and policy meeting

    • Sample policy documents

    • Knowledge check

    • Learning Action: Creating a policy document

  • 4

    Targets and action plans

    • Do you know?

    • Data for an action plan

    • Creating your targets and action plan

    • Targets and action plan spreadsheet

    • Links: Target and action plan examples

    • Communicating with customers

    • Knowledge check

    • Learning Action: Setting targets and creating an action plan

  • 5

    Case studies

    • Case Study: Internet Fusion Group

    • Case study: University of Bristol

    • BuroHappoldSlides (1)

  • 6

    Learning action assignments and feedback

    • Learning Action Assignments

    • Feedback

  • 7

    You did it!

    • Being a change maker!

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Introductory Rates:

" 70% of SMEs acknowledge that staff want to reduce their single-use plastic footprint"
(Brita & Keep Britain Tidy Report 2019)

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”

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Introductory Rates:

Want to more than just a plastics policy?

Our full 6-week course supports you to understand plastics, packaging, how to do an audit, work with your supply chain and deliver behaviour change in your workplace

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).

Bonus Material

  • Video on plastics & waste management

    1.5-hour video download that gives an overview of plastics, waste management systems and what changes are afoot. Includes introductions to key concepts such as waste-to-energy and circular economy.

  • 30 day plastic challenge

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


  • Who will the interviews and case studies be with?

    We have case studies and interviews from offices, food & drink businesses, SME's and national organisations with multiple office locations.

  • Who are the Sustainable Sidekicks?

    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.

  • Can we upgrade once the course starts?

    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 services. Head to www.sustainablesidekicks.com and drop us an email through the contact form.

  • 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.