Going green in your business is not only important to help save resources, it often means a savings in costs that you didn’t expect. Since both these things are positive, there is really no reason for not making at least some changes towards sustainability, whether you run a small SEO business or a coffee shop.
Here are 5 ways to go green in your business –
Saving on water usage is easy.
Install low-flow toilets
Fix dripping taps or leaking cisterns
Choose low-flow taps and shower heads.
If you have an outdoor area to maintain, use drought tolerant plants and mulch to prevent soil drying out. Install irrigation with a sensor so water is not wasted.
If you clean with a hose, use a high pressure washer because it will use less water
Waste reduction in the office
In the office kitchen use bulk supplies of condiments rather than single serves, which are way more expensive.
Encourage employees to bring refillable water bottles and their own coffee mugs, instead of using bottled water and plastic mugs.
Compost kitchen waste and offer it to local growers
Consider warm air hand dryers if you want to go paperless
Save documents digitally if possible.
If possible, leave the car at home and ride a bike to work
If that’s not possible, consider car-pooling or using public transport
Business owners need to look at locating their office close to bike tracks or public transport. They should also provide safe bike racks.
Nominate a day for employees to leave their car at home – with the chance to win a prize.
Working from home will also save fuel.
Work from home
These days it’s easy to work from home and your employees might well appreciate the change to do that. Encourage it where possible and you may even do it yourself on certain days.
Set up a special room for a home office and include a separate entrance, to be more professional. That way your clients won’t feel like they are intruding on your personal life.
There are tax benefits to setting up a home office.
Purchase goods and services that are grown or supplied in a sustainable fashion.
Use local growers for fruit bowls rather than packets of biscuits
Use local stores for your needs as it saves on the costs of fuel to transport them from a distance.
Make sure purchased goods don’t contain toxic substances or anything that will deplete the ozone layer.
Choose products that don’t have excessive packaging and that are made from renewable resources such as bamboo.