How To Make Your Business Environmentally Friendly

Tweak Your Biz

As a business owner, it’s easy to spend so much time on revenue-generating activities that you overlook other details that are every bit as important.

That’s where the environmental impact of your business comes into play.

No two businesses are in the exact same position. The approach you take to becoming a more eco-friendly business owner is not likely to be identical to the next organization, and vice versa.

However, there are some basic steps that any business can take to make progress in this area:

1. Stop Using So Much Plastic

Plastic, plastic, and more plastic. It’s everywhere. This holds true for both small and large businesses.

Take a look around your office and make note of anything that’s made of plastic. Now, make note of anything that you don’t really need.

A perfect example of this is your kitchen or breakroom.

Did you know that Coca-Cola produced more than one billion plastic bottles last year?

There’s no way to personally stop this brand — among others — from going down this path, but you don’t have to partake. Stop buying any beverages that are sold in plastic bottles. Every little bit counts, so do your part in taking a stand.

2. Beware of the Supplies You Buy

Many of the supplies that you buy for your office are not eco-friendly. In fact, they can cause quite a bit of harm to the environment.

Start shopping at a zero waste shop to ensure that you’re buying environmentally-friendly products.

From reusable straws to bamboo toilet paper, there’s no shortage of options. The more you buy, the more opportunities you’ll come across.

3. Recycle Paper

Even in today’s day and age, many companies use quite a bit of paper. While you may be able to reduce your use through digital technology and online tools, there’s still a good chance you’ll need paper.

If this is the case, set up a system for recycling any paper that you would generally put in the trash.

Adding to this, purchase recycled paper when you need to reload your office.

4. Get an Energy Audit

This is something you can do on your own or by contacting a professional. Perhaps the owner of your building is even willing to help you out.

You can replace light bulbs, add insulation, and install smart switches. Even a few minor changes can go a long way in reducing the amount of energy that you use.

The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy shares information on how to conduct a do-it-yourself energy audit.

5. Encourage Carpooling

This isn’t always possible, but that shouldn’t stop you from encouraging it.

For example, if you know of any colleagues who live in your area, ask them if they want to carpool in the future.

You could even set up an online system — such as a spreadsheet — to help workers find people in their area who are interested in carpooling.

Not only is carpooling good for the environment, but it’ll also save you money. And on top of that, it gives you the opportunity to learn more about your co-workers. It’s a win across the board.

It’s Never Too Late

Never assume that it’s too late to do something good for the environment. That will never be the case.

Even if you only implement one of the ideas above, it’ll benefit you, your company, and the environment as a whole. Furthermore, it could even help you keep some money in your pocket.

If you’re struggling to create a strategy, ask your co-workers for assistance. They may have additional ideas to consider. They may even be willing to help you out along the way.

Final Thoughts

Conduct a business audit in the near future with an eye toward the steps you can take to make it more environmentally friendly.

There are steps you can take right away, as well as some that will take longer to implement. But regardless, it’s nice to know that you’re moving your company in the right direction.

What are your thoughts on the steps above? Can you easily implement these in your business? Will you look into doing so right away?

 

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