The world of today is facing big changes every day, which include limited living and working space, and other environmental issues, such as pollution, extinction of some species, etc. Even though the development of industry has improved life in general, at the same time it has had a huge impact on the planet as well.
Lately, the trend in business, even small and local businesses, is to adapt to the needs of the market, which in turn demands becoming eco-friendly. This trend, however, is not something that can be achieved overnight. It should be gradual, and comprehensive, meaning that it should be incorporated in many, if not all, areas of your business. Keep reading and find out in which.
Ditch the printer
Of course you are not going to ditch the printer completely, because there are very important documents that must be printed. What you can, however, do is to reduce printing to the lowest level possible. For example, there is no need for you to print out every email that has been sent. If you fear of losing important data, there are better solutions which can replace your print friends.
Cloud-based technologies function on the principle of renting (or buying) virtual space on a rented remoter server which has the function of your local drive – just cheaper, because it demands the lowest maintenance, and eco-friendly, since no trees are going to have to be killed in order for it to function. The most famous clouds are Box, Dropbox, Microsoft Office’s OneNote, and Google’s Drive.
And if you really, really, really need to print, dispose of old, used paper in a proper way – by adding paper bins and other appropriate devices which prepare the paper for recycling.
Reusable mugs and furniture
If your office is using plastic cups for either water or coffee, you should stop with this practice immediately. What can be more eco-friendly is to use reusable mugs and, why stop there when you can even replace your old furniture with used furniture. You can get great discounts for well-kept, second-hand furniture which is still in good shape, so your area of environmentally friendly objects in your office can expand more.
When not in use, turn it off
A lot of electricity can be spent when you go home and leave the devices on, not to mention the electric bill. What you have to instil as a habit into your employees is to turn all devices off, even the coffee machine and computer screen when the office hours are over. When it comes to fridge and other heating/cooling devices, setting the thermostat to the right, normal temperature would be enough to save energy.
Use greener promo products
If you want to show the world how planet-friendly your company is, you should include green promo products into your next promotion order. You can print out your logo on coffee mugs, promote your business on bikes which you can use in promotional purposes, and even have your brand visible on key chains, T-shirts and printed non woven bags which you would share and give out to your potential customers. Just make sure to add a green, eco-friendly logo on it.
If you decide to make your business greener and eco-friendlier, this will not only help reduce your overall expenses, such as water, heating and electricity, but it will send the message to your employees to follow your trend and spread it with their friends and acquaintances. This way, the eco-friendly movement will not only cover your small business, but will form a network of people whose interests surpass their personal, and extend all the way to the planet Earth and – why not? – the Universe itself. Only by informing ourselves can we help the world become a healthier place for living and work.