Becoming Eco-friendly Can Also Help Your Business

Given the rapid influx of environmental disasters occurring these days, it’s no wonder small business owners are starting to think of ways to adjust procedures and help reduce climate change. Adopting these new eco-friendly business habits will not only benefit the environment, but your commitment to these new patterns will equally leave a positive impression on your clients.

Applying greener practice will be a gradual transition, but bear in mind that these changes could end up saving you money in the long run, not to mention that it will put your mind at ease that you will be leaving a positive mark on our planet. Knowing that you are committed to making a positive change, while still being able to support self-sufficiency, can be extremely rewarding. The implementation of a company policy will also help sustain and reinforce your vision for the future, and should not be neglected. It will also show your customers your commitment to making a difference, so be sure to draw attention to your new or enhanced green practices through your facebook page, website and in-store.

Here are some tips for a greener practice:

  1. Recycle
    The classic way to go green. In addition to recycling anything and everything that can be recycled, you will also want to think green when purchasing or replacing items.  Consider purchasing recycled products as well. This could help your pocket too, since most second hand items are significantly less expensive than buying brand new pieces.
  2. Practice green methods
    Adopting a new greener routine will also help benefit the planet. Begin by avoiding using paper or any products that you might not need. With the current trend to have most documents submitted, processed and recorded electronically, consider making the switch, it might not be as difficult as you might think.  Always remember to back up your documents though to ensure that they won’t be lost.

You could equally switch to using eco-friendly paper, products and packaging. The office and staff can also remain healthy by using all-natural and biodegradable cleaning supplies when tidying up. In addition, you may want to also switch up your daily drive into work routine by considering taking public transportation. While it may not entirely be directly related to your business, getting in the habit of being fully committed to greener practices will only solidify your outlook and commitment to the planet.

  1. Improve energy consumption and efficiency
    You will want to consider switching to compact-fluorescent (CFL) or LED lights for optimal performance. While they may have a slightly higher purchase price than standard bulbs, you can expect them to last significantly longer and use much less energy. Another good way to preserve energy is to avoid leaving lights or electronics on in the office when not in use. You can also power the office with alternative sources such as the use of solar or geothermal energy.Going green has its perks in many ways. Particularly, you can expect to differentiate yourself from your competition. It’s not only a great way to stand out, but you will also be able to help your bottom line. Saving the planet has never looked better!
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