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5 Resources for Small Businesses Who Want to Go Green
Eco-friendliness is a substantial trend for businesses and consumers nowadays. With much awareness to the current status of Mother Nature and planet earth, we are all compelled to help and make an effort to save our home planet. Big and small businesses alike are incorporating “green” in their offices, products and services. Here’s how you can make your business eco-friendly.
- Go paper-less.
A paper-less work environment is the first and most popular move towards a green business. Going paper-less can save a lot of printing which can conserve and cut back on electricity usage. It can also cut back the use of papers which can decrease the budget for paper resources and this will have a good impact on the environment.
You can also start investing on biodegradable materials in your office such as biodegradable cleaners, toilet necessities, trash bins and recycled office supplies. In going paper-less, you can move to a more automatic and computer-generated work process which can have a positive impact for you business.
- Practice waste segregation.
Waste management is a great help for your business and for the environment. Put up waste bins with labels for biodegradable, non-biodegradable and recyclable trash that you and your employees can start segregate waste effectively. This is helpful for your business because it will allow you to recover recyclable materials that can cut down expenses.
Invest in trainings and communications for waste management and segregation so that your employees will be aware of the implications in segregating their wastes. This action will also resound to your homes which can have a good impact for the environment.
- Conserve energy.
Energy consumption is one of the highest expenses in any type of business. Electricity usage is an important factor for any business to run, regardless of the nature of business. It is also the highest contributing factor for pollution because of the chemical emissions from your appliances. Thus, cutting down and conserving energy can have a positive impact on the environment and also an effective way to cut down your budget for electricity.
Conserving energy can be done in many simple ways such as turning off the lights in meeting rooms and other rooms that are not always in use. You can also turn off appliances and gadgets such as printers and computer monitors if they are not in use.
- Replace outdated appliances.
Office appliances that are outdated often have higher energy consumption than the newer and updated ones. Although it will mean a new investment to upgrade your appliances and work tools, the effects of this upgrade can actually be beneficial such as cutting down your electrical and energy consumption, faster and more efficient work tools which can increase productivity and updated tools to help your grow your business
- Invest in eco-friendly work materials.
In maximizing your resources to make your business green and eco-friendly, you should invest in eco-friendly work materials. To literally add “green” to your office, you can put up indoor plants that can help with air circulation inside your office. You can also invest in eco friendly cars instead of conventional cars. This will help the environment through the use of electric batteries and internal combusting engines that can produce less air pollution.
Going green is not only a big help to the environment, you will also be able to cut down your energy uses and cut down your expenses – which is absolutely beneficial to your business. You will be able to attract consumers who are enthusiasts of environmentalism, which at this day and age is almost everyone.
Promote and grow your business by going green.