Making your business more eco-friendly is not only good for the environment, it’s great for your bottom line. Savings realized by changing the products you use and finding ways to be more energy efficient are immediately tangible, but you’ll also generate goodwill in your community by being a green leader. Whether you’re looking to start small or make a big impact immediately, here are easy ways every business can be more eco-minded.
Ditch the Disposables
In 2015, 28.7 million tons of disposable plates, cups, and utensils found their way into American landfills. If you stock a lounge for employees, replace expensive paper and plastic products with durable equivalents, then you’ll save money immediately and on the back end with waste disposal fees.
Paper is a top expense for most businesses. Reduce yours by encouraging electronic interoffice communication. Sharing forms and documents electronically on a print-as-needed basis decreases costs and saves valuable storage space. If you are not yet sending invoices and promotional materials via the web, consider starting now.
Recycling cardboard is an easy and effective way for businesses to start being more eco-friendly. Although paper and paperboard items are among the most recycled, 13.3% of it still ends up in landfills. Installing collection boxes for clean, recyclable cardboard is a good first step. For large volumes, investing in and training employees how to use a cardboard compactor and baler could greatly improve the chances of employees recycling their products, and will significantly cut down on waste. Not only that, but research has shown that when employees feel they are contributing to causes, they feel better, and work better.
Embrace Natural Climate Control
Decrease heating and cooling costs by working with natural systems. Operable window coverings like shades and awnings can be extended in the summer to reduce the solar heat gains that increase indoor temperature and retracted in winter to maximize free warmth from the sun. A single window awning on a south-facing window can reduce summer heat gain by nearly 65%.
Make the Switch to LEDs
ENERGY STAR-labeled LED bulbs can cut your lighting bill by more than half. They use less than a quarter of the energy of traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. LED bulbs are now available in almost every size and shape, and their cost is competitive especially considering that you won’t have to change them as often.
See Other Energy Alternatives
Additionally, if your business has the opportunity, you can make your business even more eco-friendly by utilizing solar energy panels. You can also look to other options such as wind energy, which can help job creation and is completely renewable. Wind energy is also very convenient for business in rural areas. But regardless of which new green energy you might want to take advantage of, the important is that you are contributing to more sustainable practices.
Start your eco-minded savings initiative by switching to less expensive recyclable office supplies, and roll the savings into making bigger changes. Your business will save money, staff will learn by example, and the community will appreciate your environmental consciousness. It pays in more ways than one to be a green leader.
If you’re trying to create products that not only are good for your customers, but are also good for the environment, then let us help! The first step to a better world is making changes to the way we do things.