Would you like to understand?

  • how to reduce plastic packaging from your suppliers?

  • what alternative materials to choose, if any?

  • how to create change in your workplace culture?

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for people who:

  • Buy goods

    If you are responsible for procurement or sourcing of goods, you will learn how to audit your supply chain and talk to suppliers confidently.

  • Sell stuff

    If you are a producer, we will give you knowledge on alternative materials and how to talk to your customers about your packaging choices.

  • Green Team

    If you are part of a green team, would like to start one or work in HR. This course will give you the behaviour change tips to achieve and motivate change.

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


For your business and team:

  • Staff motivation and retention

    Numerous businesses who's staff are engaged in environmental initiatives find they retain staff for longer and people are more motivated and committed to their employer.

  • Customer loyalty

    With a clear strategy to reduce plastics, you can communicate this to your customers with confidence in the actions you will be taking.

  • Reduce waste

    By reducing and removing problematic waste streams you can reduce your waste and associated costs.

  • Save money

    There are many ways that removing single-use plastics and packaging can save you money. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how it can add value to your business.

Knowledge & practical action

On completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand plastics, the alternative materials and what is best to use when

  • Confidently talk to suppliers about reducing plastics and packaging

  • Inspire change within your workplace

  • Take action to reduce single-use plastics

Watch Intro Video

Hear more from an instructor

Be inspired

Watch interviews with organisations who have already taken action:

Better Food
Manic Veganic
Watch Intro Video

Get an insight into the House Of Apres' approach to packaging

Watch Intro Video

Get an insight into how Alara Cereals approaches business and packaging

What's included?

Each week a new chapter of knowledge will be released that will include:

  • Bite-size lessons

    Content will be delivered by online videos, text and downloads.

  • Case studies

    Hear interviews and case studies from a range of businesses and offices on how they are reducing plastics.

  • Activities

    Apply your learning to your workplace

Earn CPD points

With the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

As well as practical knowledge and the power to make change. You can also get recognition of your studies with certification and CPD points (Continuous Professional Development) points from the IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship).
The certification is included in the Academy course (This also includes 12 months membership and access to the IOEE courses worth £25).

Package options

Choose the plan that suits your organisation
This is a one-off fee for the course

Course commitment

There is flexibility for you to just watch the content or undertake practical activities in your workplace. You can also access the content at your own pace.

  • 6 weeks

    The course will run over 6 weeks with lessons released each week.

  • Time

    30 mins to 1 hour of online content

  • Practical activities

    Optional practical activities (1- 3 hours a week). Can be completed at any time.

  • Access for 1 year

    You can access the course content and will be updated on any new content and interviews over the year.

Sign up

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

Get your team involved

Get in touch to discuss a team package

If you have a green team with people working across different departments we can offer a team package so everyone can benefit from the Academy package: online support, live Q&A's and certification. Email us with your team size and we can 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.

Engagement & Campaigns Manager

Sophie Peters

Sophie's background is in delivering sustainability campaigns for national companies with multiple offices and locations. Sophie understands the importance of supporting and nurturing passionate intrapreneurs with an organisation.


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”

Skills gained

This course will equip and support you to conduct:

  • plastics audits

  • Supply chain audits

  • behaviour change interventions

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Introductory Rates
Choose the plan that suits you:


  • 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. See the logos for the list of companies and expect more throughout the year.

  • Are the lessons available all at once

    No. One lesson is released every week over the 6 weeks, from when you join. This gives you a chance to digest the contents and undertake the optional activities.

  • Are the practical activities compulsory?

    No. But you and you business will get more from the course if you undertake them as they are all focused on making changes within yor workplace. We will give guidance documents for every practical activity. But these are optional and can be done at a time that suits you.

  • 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 once the course starts?

    If you sign up to the Entry course and decide you would like to join the Academy or get 1-1 support then just contact us by email.

  • 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.