Eco-conscious, environmentally friendly, going green. These are all phrases that are all the rage right now, we see it everywhere. Fortunately for us and the planet, it’s not just a fad or a money-making scheme. Changing some of your business practices could save you money, now and in the long run. There’s no denying that we need to make some drastic changes when it comes to how we live on this planet, and the effects we have on the environment. Luckily there are a few simple changes we can make in our business to make sure our carbon footprint decreases.
RECYCLE AND USE RECYCLED PAPER
One of the easiest changes to make in your business is to start recycling. Place a recycling box in every office and contact a local recycling company to pick up your recycling boxes, or take them to a depot yourself. You can also start changing over to using recycled paper for all your printing, toilet paper, hand towels and other paper used in your offices. You can also cut down on unnecessary printing by switching over to email correspondence and only printing the necessary.
GREEN WEB HOSTING
Did you know that you can now switch your website host to a company that uses renewable energy to power their servers? The internet is putting a significant strain on the environment. Data centers use a large amount of energy, and companies like Google and Facebook have already started the process of moving over to renewable energy sources. You can find out which hosting company is actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint and switch over to them.
DON’T WASTE POWER
This one will affect your bottom line, as you are using less electricity and will save more money for the company. Switch off unnecessary lights, open windows instead of going straight to the air-conditioning when you can switch off computers where possible when not in use. You can also look at switching over to more energy-efficient appliances and lightbulbs.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES
Solar power, wind power, and geothermal power can all be used to power your entire company, or even some smaller appliances or computers. These days you can buy solar power banks at any shop. Even if you start with something as small as that, the impact is still significant, and as you grow you can start switching over to renewable energy sources one step at a time.
CREATE LESS ELECTRONIC WASTE
One of the biggest unexpected problems of today is the sheer amount of electronic waste on this planet. Computers, laptops, and phones get switched out yearly, and the old products end up in a landfill which is dangerous to human health and the environment. Make sure you responsibly dispose of your electronic waste.
You can contact local companies who will be able to assist in disposing of it correctly.