Environmental damage is an enormous topic right now with a lot of pressure placed on businesses to take steps to reduce their environmental impact. Now is the time to take action and there are many excellent ways to become more eco-conscious which can bring a host of other benefits too, including lower energy costs and a boost in reputation.
Most businesses tend to generate an enormous amount of waste yet often these materials could be recycled, particularly when it comes to paper (more on this to come). Increase recycling in the workplace by placing large recycling bins in an easily accessible space and educating staff on what can and cannot be recycled.
Going paperless is a smart move for any business because it can reduce environmental impact drastically, plus you can also make huge savings on paper costs (paper, printers, cartridges, storage etc). Additionally, digitizing everything can make it easier to stay organized and find files quickly.
One of the easiest switches to make is to change to LED lightbulbs instead of incandescent ones. This will reduce your energy consumption lower and lower costs while still providing great lighting for the business.
Energy Efficient Boilers
Switching to an energy efficient boiler could help your business to make huge savings on your utility bills while drastically reducing environmental damage. Places like JLA carry a wide range of energy efficient boilers which can be wall-mounted to save on floor space.
A large percentage of businesses are guilty of using far too much packaging which can be damaging. Instead, try to cut down on the amount of packaging material that your company uses and use sustainable materials where possible.
Use Local Suppliers
Using local suppliers is intelligent as it reduces transportation which is a major contributor to environmental damage. You will also find that this supports the local economy, it can be easier to manage relationships and goods can arrive faster.
Encourage Remote Working
Many employers are allowing staff to work remotely which is a smart move for a number of reasons. In terms of being eco-friendly, having staff work remotely can significantly reduce the amount of energy that your business uses even on a daily basis which will also help you to make big savings.
Now is the time for business owners to take action to reduce their environmental impact. The above are a few of the most effective strategies for becoming more eco-conscious and methods which will not interfere with the quality of your operation. In fact, in many cases they could improve the business in a handful of other areas so they should certainly be considered by any business owner looking to make positive changes.
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