Eco-Friendly Tips for Businesses
Ever since the UN warned us that we have just 12 years to limit the climate change catastrophe, the need for environmentally-friendly practices has never been greater. We were given an ultimatum to either change our habits or face irreversible environmental damage after a dozen years. If we continue the way we’re going, we will face more risks of drought, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Believe it or not but everyone can make an impact – including your business! Check out these easy eco-friendly tips your business can adopt for a better, cleaner world.
Look at your energy footprint.
Are you being energy conscious? Are all computers, lights, and electronic devices turned off at the end of the day? Turning off devices and lights is a small and simple act that can go a long way in using less energy and saving on your utility expenses. You can also look into solar panels, which are excellent investments and can cut your use of fossil fuel energy dramatically.
Think before you print! Instead of printing out letters to send via the post, send an email instead. Why send a piece of paper when emails are far more efficient? What’s more, emails are a convenient and effective way of reaching your customers and vendors, too.
We hope that this is an obvious point! Make sure that you provide a recycling bin and trash can for employees. From paper to plastics to bottles, make it clear to employees what they can and cannot recycle. You can even cut back on your use of plastics by providing glasses and mugs instead of paper cups and not offering plastic straws that damage the environment and wildlife.
Installing automatic taps is a great way to limit water usage in the office. Consider low-flow toilets and sealing up leaks in the plumbing to also save water.
Being an environmentally-friendly business doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. Making small changes can benefit your business’s bottom line as well as the planet we live on.