4 quick ways your company can be more sustainable
According to Climate Change News, the UK is more responsible for global warming than any other country. Not good.
As a result, it’s vital that we start to make amends by cutting back on our contribution to the greenhouse effect wherever possible – in all aspects of our lives, at home and at work.
So what can you do to implement positive green change in your business? Although there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach, there are a few general tips you can establish to make those first, crucial steps towards total eco-friendliness. Here’s a few for you.
1. Cut back on the amount of paper you use.
With all that’s digitally available nowadays, there’s hardly a need to receive, collate and/or send out physical documents.
Ditch your archaic filing systems and archive everything digitally (tools like Google Drive make it very easy to do this – and a lot of them are free, too). You can also wave goodbye to letter sending – emails are the way forward, both in ecological and economic terms, as you can tailor your marketing more closely to your following using a host of, again, digital tools to help you – an incentive to get online if ever there was one.
On this note, you can also use e-Forms and e-Bills for all transactional purposes, and scan your paper messages onto a computer to send over digitally where needs be.
2. Use more eco-friendly packaging.
By employing green methods of packaging your business’s goods or products – something which requires the use of a lot of materials (not to mention transportation and storage) – you’ll significantly cut back on your CO2 output.
Package your products with recycled source materials like paper and/or glass, where possible and reduce the amount that you use, too, if you can – it’ll be less expensive for you to produce and be easier and greener to dispose of, after.
You can even get a little creative with it – why not design packaging with other attributes, so it can be used in a whole host of ways? Create something that can double-up as something else, to reduce the risk of it being thrown away after the product’s been delivered.
3. Introduce some recycling policies.
Abandon individual bins in the office – individual bins will encourage workers to chuck their rubbish away unthinkingly. Set up a recycling station instead where everyone is forced to think about how they’re getting rid of their disposables. A small move, with big impact – according to Recycle Now, current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of Co2 a year.
Recycling goes beyond paper, cans and glass, however – it’s also vital that you recycle your electronic equipment too. Currently, a huge amount of electrical items that are purchased aren’t recycled – roughly only 1.8kg per 5.9kg. This is holding us back from being as sustainably efficient as we could be, and for no good reason: so make sure not to miss it off your recycling checklist!
4. Be energy-conscious.
Reducing the amount of energy you use in the workplace can go a long way towards reducing a company’s carbon footprint – little changes like turning off equipment when you’re not using it, using low energy lighting and reducing the office temperature.
It’s not hard – just a case of exercising new, good habits until they become routine. Green writer Megan Prusynski recommends that you put everything electrical together into one power strip, so you can just turn that off at the end of the day without worrying that anything is sneakily using up energy after hours. (Be careful not to overload your plug sockets, though! Safety first.)
In addition, as opposed to air conditioning you can either use fans to maintain a comfortable temperature or install a “box fan” to pull air in from the outside while pushing out your stuffy office air – an economically and ecologically advantageous exchange.
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