Running a sustainable business is a must have practice in this day and age. However it does involve a lot more than just putting some recycling bins around the office and emptying them every now and then. There are many things you can do to make a business environmentally sustainable. Many options from reducing power usage, reducing waste, to donating profits to an environmental charity can help a business become sustainable.
Here are some practices that can be used in any business.
Reduce Office Paper Use
Think about all the things a business quickly runs through the printer or photocopier each day and you will learn that it all quickly adds up.
- change all of your printers default to print double-sided
- use 100% post-consumer recycled paper
- sketch and jot down notes on the back of waste paper
- use email rather than regular mail when possible
Reduce Energy Use
One of the easiest ways to help global warming and save a little money for your business is to use less energy.
- switch out lighting to compact florescent bulbs
- if you have windows in your office consider using them when possible instead of air conditioning
- have all staff power down computers and screens at the end of the day
- use sunlight when possible in place of artificial lighting
Switch your hosting over to Eco – Hosting
Hosting is a continual growth area however the environmental impact is becoming a major problem.
- find a company that offers green web hosting, if possible 100% solar or wind powered is the best option
Green Commuting Options
Encouraging your employees to avoid driving when possible will help the environment and lessen your company’s carbon footprint.
- offer alternative work schedules to help employees avoid peak travel time
- offer work from home options, no commute is the best commute
- give incentives for carpooling such as paid parking reimbursement
- pay for or discount travel by train or bus
- provide secure storage for bicycles and when possible a staff shower and locker facility
If you have a product that is already environmentally sound or a product that can be changed to be eco-friendly you can use these products to take advantage of consumer’s environmental concerns.
- consumers are very aware of environmental concerns and are more likely to buy products that are labeled eco-friendly
- label your products as “green” or “eco-friendly”
- ensure your products live up to green claims
- have these products certified by the right agency
Use your profits for good. Consider donating a percentage to an environmental cause. Consumers will look for companies that donate to such charities and support their business.
- pick a percentage and an environmental charity you want to donate too
- donate to myclimate.org to help offset your businesses carbon footprint
Thinking ahead while you are completing a master of management can help you be ready to transform any business to a sustainable business.
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