More and more businesses are going green and while some might be for extra brownie points, others are consciously trying to cut down their waste and working on creating a better environment. Either way it’s worth it!
It doesn’t matter how small or big your business is, if you are eco -conscious, there are ways to cut down waste and still have the same productivity level as any other business out there.
So how can you GO GREEN as a business:?
In an era of the internet, you’d think that by now most businesses are already paperless. But you’d be surprised to know how quick most businesses are on printing a letter out of habit or procedure! Whether it be the next dentist appointment or a flyers for the the next upcoming event or take away menus in thousands to be spread across town!
Most of these things land up in the bin anyway and though you think you’re doing the right thing by recycling them, there’s still a lot of money and resources needed to recycle all this “junk” mail!
Rome wasn’t built in a day and we don’t expect to make a change instantly but if you have a NO PAPER policy, your peers and clients will soon get used to and perhaps appreciate your efforts as well. Contracts, meetings, faxes or billing can ALL be done online now. We all have to get over this illusion that if it’s not tangible, it doesn’t hold weight! Besides, having your clients fill an online form or sign an online contract by use of a tablet or a smart phone actually REDUCES your admin work to half and INCREASES your efficiency. What more is that it cuts down your monthly cost of buying office supplies! Tablet vs. monthly office supplies, what makes more sense?
Look around and write down the number of electronic items you can see in that one little room. What happens to them when you finish work and go home? How many of these items are turned off at the end of the day? Our guess is NONE! What can you do to change that?
Turning off your computer, printer, lights at the end of the day can reduce an immense amount of energy wastage. Put a timer on your air conditioning to be turned off or lowered for after hours. For security reasons if you must have lights on – then strategically, have a few on sensors along with infra red cameras to monitor your space. Turn off your machinery whenever possible and hire someone to come an hour earlier to work to turn on the machinery instead of leaving it on all night. Which is a high risk of a fire hazard and emission of carbon dioxide.
With our waste disposal systems more or less in place, recycling paper items is instilled in our system and by default most paper items go in the recycling bin. But what happens to our E-waste? Electronic waste does not recycle the same way paper and needs to be disposed off in special facilities.
With the extensive use of electronic items, it is our responsibility to dispose them off in the correct manner to avoid emission of mercury, lead, cadmium and many such chemicals that can cause explosions and fires if not careful.
Check out with your local authority or their website to learn where you can dispose your e-waste. This means old computers, tablets, batteries, equipment etc. Having posters around your organisation will allow your peers to join your endeavour and follow this practice. After all, it all comes together with team work.
For a Network
Look for businesses and individuals that share the same passion. Visit local meet ups and network groups to find out how you can be a part of the community and support a local cause. Volunteering is a great way to help the community but also get visibility as a local business. It adds value to your organisation and gives you an advantage over your competitors.
Clients that support GREEN will value your business over others and are more likely to stick with you for your vision. Clients can spend upto 20% more on products and services that share the same eco-conscious approach. It’s well worth for your business and your social presence while feeding your cause.
Look for local supplier to provide you with your daily, weekly or monthly supplies. From fresh fruits to flower arrangements or fresh milk from the farm for your daily caffeine shot! Your community is your business and to support it is your responsibility. Working with local businesses is not only cost effective but also helps in building a better economy and business relationships.
Let’s all agree that it’s so much better to have a familiar face to talk to every now and then as opposed to a pre-recorded voice or a computer screen.
Replace bottled water with a water filter, small individually portioned cafeteria snacks with fresh produce, tea bags with loose leaf tea. Encourage your peers to either bring in their own reusable coffee mugs or provide mugs in the office instead disposable plastic cups. Replacing informational flyers with a tv screens and sign up forms with tablets are small steps to reduce waste and make that change.
Look for sustainable energy suppliers in your local area – whether it be energy efficient machinery, LED lights, data storage etc. There are loads of options now to make that change. It doesn’t take that much out of you and saves your business a lot of money in the long run.
Think about your Commute
Leaving your car home every once in a while can save you fuel, parking charges and the stress of looking for a space each morning while you are already running late! Can you walk or bike to work? Can you car pool with a peer or a neighbour going in the same direction? Or can you afford to invest in an electric vehicle?
Have a “walk to work” day or a “share your commute” day to encourage your employees to leave their cars at home. It’s a great health benefit and will also engage better relations within the organisation.
We wish to make that change and hope you will join us in doing so.
What does your business do to be more GREEN!? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts!