As individuals continue to adapt new ways to make their homes eco-friendly, businesses everywhere are. Greening your business is something you won’t regret as it will save you money in the long run and attract new talent and customers, all while saving the planet.
Our generation today has become more environmentally conscious and takes pride in being responsible for its contribution to the conservation of the earth, and so should you as a business owner. Consumers value businesses, large or small, that are marketed as green. Today’s talent is also looking for environmentally friendly workplaces. Here are some ways to make changes that will not only grow your business, but also have a positive impact on the environment.
If your workplace is still heavily dependent on paper, printing, or even faxing, you might want to consider going paperless. Most businesses, large and small, have already moved to services such as paperless invoicing and fax to email. This will reduce the cost of ink and paper and is an important step in protecting our environment. Today’s employees, especially millennials, may find a workplace that relies heavily on old-school practices off-putting. Reducing the use of paper and integrating electronic practices will be easier for everyone.
Consider switching to a eco credit card or banking for your business needs. Green cards not only have a big impact on our environment, but also on your business. The great thing about green credit cards is that they help you reduce your carbon footprint, they are sometimes made from reclaimed materials, or they can be biodegradable.
Green banks or credit card companies donate a predetermined amount of money to an environmentally focused charity. They offer rewards as well as spending and saving options just like any other major bank would. Do your research and select a company that will invest in a project that means something to you and/or your business.
Work at home
Most companies have adapted to working from home in the wake of the global pandemic. Businesses have noticed a decrease in office energy and other utility costs. As a bonus, employees benefit from additional savings on travel costs. Reducing the number of times your employees commute to work in a week helps reduce air pollution and even daily traffic. Fewer cars on the road reduces fuel consumption and pollution for our planet. If your business relies heavily on travel, consider hosting conferences, meetings, or webinars virtually. The ultimate benefit of all of these practices is that they reduce your company’s carbon footprint and will save your business tons of money on travel expenses. You can allocate part of these savings to environmentally friendly investments.
Consider investing in a renewable energy source for your office space. There are advantages to switching to alternative energies such as solar, wind or hydroelectric power to name a few. Benefits include reliable power at all times, they require less maintenance and significantly reduce the energy costs spent on your business. It can be a huge upfront investment, but the benefits and benefits, and future savings, far outweigh the cost. Our planet needs more corporations and big business to help preserve our environment. Climate change is real and we need to make real changes to get better. There are tons of resources out there that will help you make your business eco-friendly. It doesn’t have to stop at the list mentioned above. Things like recycled paper or office products, furniture, and implementing recycling are small ways you can start making your business environmentally conscious. These are just a few ways to work towards becoming an environmentally conscious company. Although these may be small changes, they are smart changes that will have a huge impact on your business, your consumers, your employees and our planet.