There are great benefits for your business and the environment if you run a sustainable eco-friendly business. Don’t panic, it might be easier than you think, so we have created 9 ways your business can be environmentally friendly. We all must do what we can, and we can really make some great headway with the small steps.
As we know the Climate crises otherwise known as global warming and climate change is a huge and complex issue. However, it’s not just the big businesses and the corporate giants that need to change their behaviors we all do, and every little really does help.
As Ofgem publishes a wide-ranging climate action plan this week, we have been thinking about what we can do. There Decarbonisation Action Plan is a nine-point manifesto that includes supporting low-carbon home heating and supports the growth of renewables, with ten million electric vehicles on our roads by 2030, but we can still do the small things. Ofgem plans to bring the UK’s emissions to #netzero by 2050. Yes, this is going to need a huge effort. This will mean big changes to how we generate & use #energy, or travel & heat our homes or business and we can start to help right now.
9 Ways Your Business can be Environmentally Friendly
1 – Recycle
Business recycling will reduce your carbon footprint and will not only have a positive impact on the environment but also your business finances.
- Paper: – coloured, paper, documents, newspapers.
- Ink cartridges
- Food waste
- Old furniture
2 – Reduce your printing impact
The amount of energy to create one sheet of paper is 50 times the amount of energy it takes for a typical 50 page per minute photocopier to print.
- Doing a test page weekly so the ink doesn’t try up to stop us from wasting the ink.
- Preview your print onscreen before you print it out, there is are a selection to tick on the Print page.
- Reduce printing by using smaller margins, or smaller font size. Or could just switch to using digital resources.
3 – Upcycle
Before you throw out that old office furniture, think about how you might be able to upcycle it. If not you, maybe someone else could upcycle it? Donate it to a charity shop or someone you know that might like it.
4 – Remote working
I love remote working, sure it’s not for everyone, but I really do feel that the future of remote working is our way to a sustainable future.
Working remotely saves business and employees money, staff have increased productivity, and employee turnover is reduced.
All those good things and we haven’t even discussed the positive effect on the environment.
- No more commuting to the office means reducing our carbon footprints.
- Fewer resources are used.
- Less space is needed.
- Expansion for the business without the extra costs for space, furniture, and other office resources.
5 – LED bulbs
LED lights are 80% more efficient than fluorescent or incandescent lights. This means 80-90% of their energy is turned into light rather than heat. They are 100% recyclable and they have almost no UV emissions.
6 – Use other local businesses or sustainable suppliers
The reasons we should use local businesses is a blog in itself, supporting local business is great.
It improves your local economy.
You can walk to the local supplier
By walking to the local supplier you are not driving or having good delivered you are already reducing the air pollution, traffic and supporting other small businesses.
Supporting sustainable suppliers helps them help others
See this > How to select a sustainable supplier
7 – Encourage walking or cycling to work
Not only is walking or cycling to work great for your health and mental wellbeing, but not taking your car is reducing air pollution. You could encourage staff by creating competitions or even treats of some sort.
Switching from a car to a bicycle saves 150 g of CO2 per kilometer. Each 7 km by bicycle will save an emission of 1 kilogram of CO2 as compared to the same distance covered by car. In a five-year period, Dutch people avoided 1.41 million tonnes of CO2 each year through cycling. https://www.unenvironment.org/
8 – Reduce water usage
Saving water in the workplace might seem a bit of a challenge. But there are small steps you can make.
- Put up notices to remind people to turn off taps
- Fix leaks and replace washers.
- Install water-efficient taps or dishwashers.
- Replace single flush toilets with the double flush types.
9 – Use green cleaning products
Introduce green cleaning to your business and investing in eco-friendly materials is a fantastic way to help the environment and your pocket too. You will be surprised at the simple changes you can make once you look into it.
So you probably didn’t even realise that you can start today with some of the 9 ways your business can be environmentally friendly. It doesn’t have to be all at once, just starting with something