Nowadays, so many of us are making a conscious effort to be as eco-friendly as possible. We implement all sorts of changes into our personal regimes and our home lives. This is extremely important and every effort is invaluable. After all, everything we do has some sort of impact on the planet we live on, so it’s up to us to make sure that this impact is wholly positive rather than negative. However, why should we stop there? When you’re a small business owner, you’re in a position of authority and power, and you should use this to be able to make further positive changes in aid of our planet. There are so many things that you can do to make your working environment a greener space. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the right foot!
Reduce Your Waste
The first step towards an environmentally friendly workplace is to try out zero waste living. The concept behind this is to minimise the amount of waste that you produce. Every years tonnes of waste is disposed of and the majority of us put little thought into where it actually ends up. The truth is that a lot of it ends up in landfills, causing an eyesore to the environment and wasting space that would otherwise be inhabited by wildlife. A lot also ends up in our oceans, filling the stomachs of sea life, often killing many creatures. So, it’s time to cut back on the amount of waste that our commercial spaces produce. Encourage workers to scan and save documents rather than photocopying them. Have people save their files to the cloud rather than printing them. Switch plastic cups at the drinks machine for paper cups. These small steps will make a large difference as time goes by.
Use Sustainable Energy
Generally speaking, businesses contribute a whole lot of pollution to the planet’s atmosphere. Not only does your company use a whole lot of energy when it comes to heating and cooling workspaces and retail spaces, but you also use a lot of electricity within these spaces. If you are in the hospitality sector, chances are that you’ll use a lot of gas for cooking too! You use water for cleaning, operating toilets, and having washing facilities in-house. Then you have the fuel consumption involved in transporting stock to and from your commercial property and to and from customers or clients. Now, you may not have considered your business’ energy consumption before besides the general financial cost that affects you personally. But it’s time to start thinking about how this energy consumption itself impacts the world around us and all of its inhabitants. Fortunately, the government have imposed certain restrictions on business energy consumption to protect the planet to a certain extent, but that’s not to say that you should stop your efforts at the bare minimum requirements. Research sustainable options for all aspects of your workplace and implement them into your day to day routine.
It really isn’t that hard to take steps towards a greener future through your workplace, so start trying out the steps above today.
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