While corporate entities have not always been the biggest fans of environmental initiatives, EPA guidelines have forced businesses to at least meet certain standards where environmental protection is concerned. And with more and more consumers demanding not only eco-friendly goods and services, but also providers that are dedicated to protecting the planet in every facet of their operation, businesses large and small are starting to look for ways to greenify from top to bottom. Whether you want to start small by installing recycling bins in your office for employee use or you’re ready to go all out with a LEED certified facility, there are all kinds of ways to implement eco-friendly business practices and do your part to protect the environment or even improve it.
- Waste reduction. You might want to kick off your efforts to greenify by performing a waste assessment designed to inform you of areas where waste is occurring. This could prompt you to beef up the insulation in your building, institute programs like Faronics Core that allow you to monitor and control workstations from a central hub, or even go paperless in your office. Any time you can reduce the waste your company creates on a daily basis, whether it’s energy waste or unnecessary use of resources, you stand to save some money and do more for the environment in the process.
- Recycled packaging. Most product packaging is made of either paper or plastic. The good news is that both of these materials are recyclable, which means you can use recycled products to create your packaging. The linear production cycle of old dictated that products went from a natural state to the manufacturing plant to consumers and then to the landfill. But thanks to recycling that line has become a loop. And if you want to be in the loop with your green efforts, using recycled materials is a great way to get into the game.
- Locally-sourced materials. Even if you have started to use recycled materials in your products or packaging, you might also want to look into the prospect of including locally-sourced materials. This is a good way to cut back on the pollution created by shipping, while also supporting local businesses and keeping your own consumer dollars within the community that supports you.
- Electric company cars. Whether your company has a fleet of some sort or you provide cars for corporate usage, you might want to think about replacing those gas-guzzling Town Cars with one of the many electric vehicles now populating the consumer marketplace. In addition, you could encourage employees to make the switch by installing plenty of charging stations in your parking lot, complete with prime spaces, and even offering carpool rewards to electric-car drivers (even if they don’t participate in a carpool).
- Alternative energy. Unless you run a commercial construction company or trucking business, you probably aren’t in the market for a high-efficiency, above ground oil water separator to make your operation more eco-friendly. But something that nearly every business can benefit from is the use of alternative energy sources like solar, wind, and water. While it will cost quite a bit to install the equipment needed to provider your facilities with such power, the savings you achieve will help to repair your bottom line over time. And your contributions to environmental protection will go above and beyond many of your competitors.