As a business owner, you have a lot to think about. Your company’s bottom line and keeping your staff motivated is probably at the top of the list, with numerous other priorities following. Whether you run a small business or a large company, there are numerous things you can do that are kind to the environment – that may also help your bottom line and boost employee morale at the same time.
Here are some simple ways for your business to be more green:
1. Be energy efficient
Educate your employees on how to use energy efficiently within your office or factory. This is as simple as turning off equipment, like computers and monitors when they are not being used.
2. Minimize paper
Use email communications and electronic documents whenever you can instead of faxing or printing. If you have to print it out, make sure to print on both sides (duplex) or use scrap paper. Many businesses are finding they can do more effective and environmentally-friendly marketing via their website instead of printing bulky catalogs.
When you can, invest in supplies and products that are earth-friendly. If you print brochures or buy packaging, you can request that the material is biodegradable, made of recycled materials or environmentally-friendly. There are many companies who specialize in green products and others who offer a green alternatives.
4. Buy Local
When you can buy products locally, it takes less energy to get them to you which could reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If you don’t have to have it shipped, you will also reduce the waste of packaging.
5. Reduce Waste
Instead of supplying employees with unlimited disposable plates, cups, and silverware, encourage them to bring their own refillable water bottles and lunch boxes. To compact waste, some businesses should consider an automatic trash compactor for the cafeteria or commons area.
In small offices, provide recycling bins and boxes and educate employees on what they can recycle, whether it is paper and cardboard, aluminum and tin, glass, etc. For larger companies or factories consider purchasing a vertical baler for managing your recyclables.
Usually employees who feel they are making a difference have better employee morale. Encouraging these six simple green business tactics ( energy efficiency, minimizing paper, use green products, buy local, reduce waste, and recycling) may have a positive impact on both your earth and your business.
What other tips or ideas would you add to this list of “Ways to do Greener Business”? Do you think these small steps could have big impact to your business or the environment?