Why should businesses go green? Adopting eco-friendly practices can increase your bottom line, keep your customers happy and protect the future of our planet. Going green boosts profit, overhauls company image, and protects the health of the environment.
Consider this a rare win-win opportunity that you must take advantage of to bring your business to the next level. Here are some ways businesses can become more sustainable:
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. Use reusable mugs and glasses in the office instead of disposable cups and serve pitchers of water instead of bottled water at meetings. Recycle paper, cardboard, glass and aluminum waste and compost organic waste.
- Conserve electricity. Replace incandescent blubs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
(CFLs).During office hours, ensure lights are turned off in rooms that are not in use and at night when the office closes. Choose ENERGY STAR certified equipment, utilize a computer’s sleep mode for daytime inactivity and encourage employees to power down at the end of the day.
- Green employee travel. Encourage employees to carpool, take public transportation or bike to work. If possible, provide a safe place for employees to park their bikes at work and a place to shower. Choose phone and video conference calls over air travel when possible, and only use air travel when flying is necessary for business.
- Use sustainable printing practices. Choose tree–friendly paper, such as paper made of agricultural waste or 100 percent recycled paper, implement double-sided printing and reduce your margins and font size when possible. You can also conserve paper with a few different tactics: use ‘print preview’ to only print the pages you need; change the print layout to ‘Handouts’ and designate the number of slides you want on a page for PowerPoint printouts; share documents online whenever possible, and check the printer status before trying to print more than once. Additionally, use vegetable-based inks when possible and recycle ink cartridges.
What sustainable actions have your business incorporated?