The environment is on many people’s minds – and rightly so. It is the biggest issue that we face collectively as a species, and it is important that we treat it with the level of seriousness it deserves. As a business owner, you have an important role to play when it comes to environmental protection. But this doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your profiteering and entrepreneurial-minded spirit.
There are plenty of ‘big picture’ techniques which you can put into practice such as this innovative Soil Transfer System but there are also the smaller things that you can do such as making the switch to energy efficient light bulbs. So, in this blog post, we will look at a few of the different ideas which you can put into practice yourself.
Monitor Your Office Supplies
There are so much unwanted office supplies which are thrown away on an annual basis. So, instead of ordering hundreds of branded company pens, it is important to assess how many you are getting through and letting your needs determine your order books. You can also put into place some office rules and protocols which prevent excessive printing of documents when it is unnecessary. You should also have someone who is in charge of your office supplies, keeping track of what is being used, and finding ways to reduce these numbers as necessary.
Choose Your Furniture Carefully
When you are kitting out your office, it is worth asking yourself whether you really need brand new furniture. Something as simple as a typical desk chair uses up all kinds of scarce resources which could be better used elsewhere. Not only this, if you go through the second-hand market, you may well find that you can grab yourself some unique-looking furniture which stands out from the crowd rather than the run-of-the-mill stuff which you can buy anywhere from your typical discount stores.
Smart Energy Usage
Energy is on a lot of people’s minds these days, and it makes sense that you investigate how much your company is using on a regular basis. As well as reducing your overall usage through green appliances, a smart thermostat, a strict energy usage policy etc, you could also look into the renewable energy options which are out there these days. Ultimately, reducing your energy usage will also have the positive knock-on effect of saving your business money as well.
There are all sorts of company programs which you could put into place to make your business go greener. The most obvious of these is a recycling program, but you would also look into a cycle-to-work scheme, carpooling etc. As the boss of the business, you can end up having a big impact on how your employees behave.
So, there you have just some of the green business ideas which you could put into place – not only for the sake for Mother Earth – but also for your company’s bottom line and overall reputation.
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