Going green does not just benefit the environment, but it can help reduce your running costs.
Moreover, it can be a point of difference and attract customers who value goods and services from an environmentally-friendly business.
From changing how your workplace amenities are used, to the way you and your staff operate, there are many strategies you can implement to become sustainable today. Here are four tips to get you started:
Recycle and re-use materials
You can reduce your business’ reliance on natural resources and the amount of waste created by using eco-friendly products. These include items made from recycled materials and with minimal packaging. Set up recycling bins in the workplace and implement strategies of separating waste into what can be recycled and what needs to go to landfill. Every day tasks are also an opportunity for recycling. Consider printing on two sides of a paper and re-using unwanted paper for scrap and notepaper. In addition, replace single-use paper cups with glass or ceramic cups and encourage your staff to bring their own mugs.
Switch off lights and electrical equipment
A proactive way of being sustainable in the workplace is to switch off any lights, air-conditioning, computers and electrical appliances when they are not in use, particularly after hours and on weekends. Not only will you reduce your power bills, but you can lengthen the lifespan of your equipment. Depending on the design of your premises and whether you own or lease a property, you could install motion sensor lights and opt for LED bulbs that use less energy.
Look into using cloud-based storage systems for files and documents. They will improve the efficiency of your business as items will be easier to find and they can be accessed from anywhere at any time. Look for ways to remove the need to print paper, such as having items emailed and making digital copies of documents. To maximise the value of cloud-based applications, make sure you have good filing procedures in place, including indexing files, encrypting any sensitive documents, and backing up regularly.
Add indoor plants
You can make your shopfront or office more sustainable by bringing in plants. Natural greenery can help improve the air quality of your environment, enhance productivity, and they are attractive additions to any indoor space. Aim for hardy plants that do not require a lot of attention, such as peace lilies, bamboo palms and ferns.
Creating a more sustainable business does not have to be too extravagant or a costly investment.
You may be surprised how changing simple workplace practices can help you reap the rewards of being eco-friendly.