Simple ways to make your business more environmentally friendly

Melissa GuyJuly 4, 2024
Categories: Sustainability

With a major awareness of our ever-increasing human consumption. Including a vast correlation to earth &, it’s future sustainability. There’s an increasing focus on reducing our environmental impact. Many businesses offer recycling programs and even have begun composting. While some companies encourage car-pooling, offer parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, or move their operations into environmentally friendly buildings to help achieve our goal of future existence. Here are four small changes you can make that have a huge environmental impact, without altering your parking structure or moving out of that new building you just leased across town.

Buy Reusable Pens

First, by reusing pens you’re preventing disposable pens from winding up in landfills. Second, refilling the ink involves less packaging than buying new pens, further saving the environment.

There’s a bonus for your business, too. Although at first reusable pens are pricier than disposable pens, in the long run, it’s less expensive to refill them than it is to buy new disposable writing implements. You’ll save money and help the environment at the same time.

Bonus idea: stop using disposable kitchenware.

Conserve energy

People think that computers that are on stand-by (or in sleep mode) don’t use any electricity. They do. Turning computers off for the night saves your company energy. It might take a few moments to get the computers started in the morning, but you’ll be saving money by not paying for electricity to keep the computers on overnight or on the weekends. Even better, unplug workstations so your business isn’t drawing phantom power while no one is there.

Bonus idea: Make sure other electrical items are also shut off or unplugged when not in use. Coffee makers are frequently left on even if no one is around to use them.

Invest in sensors

If your business can afford it, investing in sensor-activated lights for your bathroom, kitchen or communal spaces will save energy and save your business money. Conference rooms, for example, often have lights on all the time but are frequently empty.

Bonus idea: If you can’t switch to sensors, switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. It’s an easy switch that will save you money and help the environment.


Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Your office must be kept clean, but that doesn’t mean you have to use toxic chemicals to do so. There are many natural cleaning products out there that aren’t expensive and still do an excellent job. Plus, they make your office smell fantastic.

Bonus idea: If you have a cleaning service, ask if they use environmentally friendly products. If they don’t, ask if they’ll use the products you provide or switch to an environmentally friendly company.

Final thoughts

Your company’s environmental impact can easily be reduced with a few easy steps. Not only do these steps help the environment, they often have an added bonus of saving your business $$ money, improving employee health and impressing your customers.

These changes are also small enough that they’re sustainable. You’re not asking anyone to change ingrained habits or alter their lifestyle.

With so many potential bonuses, there’s no reason not to make some environmentally friendly changes to your business today.


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